Right in the heart of South America, Bolivia has one of the greatest levels of geographic and biodiversity in the world. It's a place that's ready and waiting to be explored, and the great thing is it mostly remains untouched and authentic.
Located in western-central South America, Bolivia is surrounded by Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina, Chile and Peru, extending all the way from the central Andes all the way up to the Amazon.
The 10 million people that live in Bolivia are one of the most indigenous in the Americas, with 60% being of pure Native American ancestry. The rest are very multiethnic including Amerindians, Mestizos, Europeans, Asians and Africans. Because of this diversity the country is also rich in art, culture and music.
If you are travelling to Bolivia you should always look into travel insurance to eliminate as many risks as possible to have a safe holiday. 1Cover Travel Insurance wcan provide cover for unlimited hospital and medical expenses, 24 hour emergency assistance, cover for your luggage and personal effects and more.
There are tons of amazing things to see and do in Bolivia. Many will take you off the beaten track and into the wild. Make sure any adventure activities are covered by your travel insurance before you go.
Some great sites to see include the great city of La Paz - visit the witches market for a unique experience. Laguna Verde the salt lake in the south where you can see flamingos dance on the beautifully coloured lake - because of the minerals in the lake it can reach -56 degrees Celsius and still not be frozen. For ancient culture you might want to visit the archaeological site Tiwanaku in western Bolivia.
If flying into Bolivia there aren't many direct flights, the most direct routes go via Madrid, Miami, Buenos Aires or Sao Paulo. Many people enter by bus, make sure you have your passport and any relevant visas.
The following nationalities will not need a visa for short stays of less than 90 days as tourists: Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico, Monaco, Norway, New Zealand, Netherlands, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, Uruguay, Vatican City and Venezuela.
Canadians do not need a visa to visit Bolivia but can only stay a maximum of 30 days without a tourist visa and 90 with a tourist visa.
Getting around Bolivia is an adventure in itself. The most common public transport is buses, which are cheap but make sure you get a good bus company or your ride will be super long and possibly unsafe. You can also fly between most major cities which is more reliable.
At night be sure to use radio taxis as fake taxis are common. Don't carry huge amounts of cash on you as tourists can be a target for petty crimes.
El Camino de la Muerte, sometimes known as death road has had some improvements to its structure over the years, always ensure you use a reputable bus company if you decide to take the trip here.
Unless you are under the age of 1, you will need a yellow fever vaccination certificate to apply for a visa for Bolivia. We recommend seeing your GP at least 8 weeks before you leave on your trip for the most up to date advice.
Winter is the dry season and runs between May and October and is generally the best time to go, but is also the busiest. Summer is the rainy season and runs from November to March - if you're travelling at this time be aware that flooding is common.
Avenida La Paz 1049, 10th Floor
Lima, 18, Peru
Phone: +51 1 630 0500
Av. Arce #2081
Mezanine, Oficina #2
La Paz, Bolivia