Bolivia trip preparation
The following checklist outlines some of the other things that you will need to make sure you have organised before you leave on the expedition. We have also given suggested sources of further information on each item. As with all aspects of the trip you can contact Adventure Alternative for further advice and support.
The airport in La Paz is called El Alto International Airport. Its code is LPB(IATA) or SLLP(ICAO) It is located 8 mi (13 km) south west of La Paz city.
Common routes from the UK are via European and then South American hubs, such as Amsterdam & Lima, Madrid & Santiago, Madrid & Bogota etc
Adventure Alternative are not a flight ticketing agent so they do not sell flights. However, we have a good working relationship with a flight agent called dial-a-flight who are very helpful and can make searches for the most cost effective and convenient flights for your trip. You can reach them on email@example.com or 020-8935-9040 and say that you are an Adventure Alternative client.
You can also use online comparison sites, one of the best is usually Sky Scanner. You often get the best prices if you either book a long way in advance or at the last minute. Needless to say, if you book at the last minute you are likely to have less choice and also have the possibility of there being either only expensive flights left or even none. It is best to book early.
You will need to take out personal travel insurance for the trip. You need to make sure it covers all the trip locations and activities and also cancellation. Your insurance will need to cover climbing to 6088m and emergency evacuation from the Cordillera Real in Bolivia. It is worth notifying the insurer of the names of the peaks (Huayna Potosi and Pequeno Alpamayo) and that you will be climbing on snow and ice using ropes.
You need to buy cover as soon as you book your place on the trip and buy your flights so that if something happens before the trip that means you can’t travel, you will be able to claim the flights and trip cost back.
Vaccinations & Medications
You will need to check what the requirements are for vaccinations, immunisations and medications on the specific trip you are doing. You will need to make an appointment with your GP or ideally a travel health clinic for at least 6 weeks before travel. When you go to the appointment you need to take along details of the trip including the country you are going to, the areas you will visit and the activities you will be doing. All of these factors, plus your own medical history, will affect what vaccinations you are advised to get or update.
Adventure Alternative operates an account with Interhealth who can give you medical and vaccination advice. You can also get advice from organisations such as the NHS and the FCO. The Fit For Travel and Live Well campaigns also give good advice for staying healthy while you are away.
British Nationals do not need a visa for stays of up to 30 days. You do need to make sure that your passport will remain valid for at least 6 months from your date of entry into Bolivia.
Different countries have completely different visa requirements depending on your own citizenship, what you will be doing and how long you will be staying. If you are a UK citizen the first place to look is the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO). Their website has a page for each country and a section called “Entry Requirements”. If you are not a UK citizen you will need to contact the destination country’s embassy in your home country or the foreign office of your own country.