Introducing Bolivia

Many travelers to South America skip Bolivia, so congrats for thinking outside the box! 

Traveling in Bolivia takes a little more work than elsewhere, but you'll be rewarded for your efforts with some of the most incredible landscapes on the planet and authentic and welcoming local cultures. 

At a minimum, we recommend that travelers to Bolivia visit the iconic Uyuni salt flats. Trust us when we say they are otherworldly! But there is so much more to explore in Bolivia than just Uyuni, so let's dive in and start planning your trip: 

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Language: Spanish. English prevalence less than in neighboring countries so it's best to bring along a Spanish phrasebook for easier communication.

Currency: Bolivian Boliviano ($1 = ~6.89 boliviano).

Credit Cards & ATMs: Major establishments (usually expensive shops, restaurants and hotels) take debit/credit cards, but smaller-scale accommodations, tourist sites, etc. tend to only take cash, so make sure to bring enough with you especially when you head outside the cities and larger towns.

Plugs: Type A or C, 230V / 50Hz. Bring this universal adapter

Safety: I still think Bolivia is a mostly-safe tourist destination, even though I was once trapped by protests in the Bolivian desert (but, hey I was totally fine in the end!). Just always remember to practice common sense, buy travel insurance, and check the latest US State Department travel advisories for your destination. 

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  • Salar de Uyuni
  • La Paz
  • Sucre

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May to October is generally the best time to visit Bolivia generally, as the dry weather equates to clear skies and less travel disruption. On the other hand, January to April is a popular choice for visiting the Uyuni salt flats because the likelihood of rain - and thus the famous "mirror effect" the water creates on the flats - is much higher.  

Bolivia Trivia and Facts

  • Salar de Uyuni is considered the largest mirror on earth.
  • Did you know that there's no McDonald's in Bolivia?
  • In Bolivia, you are eligible to vote at the age of 18 if you are married. But if you’re single, you’re not allowed to vote until you’re 21.
  • Bolivia has a total of over 37 official languages.
  • Bolivia is the main exporter of Brazil nuts.


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What to Pack for Bolivia


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Driving in Bolivia

Bolivia drives on the right of the road, unless you are driving in Yungas, where cars usually tend to keep to the left.

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