Travel in Bolivia
Explore this amazingly diverse country from the high peaks of the Andes to the low-lying jungles of the Amazon. Learn about the basic information for travel in Bolivia. If you have any more questions, please feel free to contact us.
Where is Bolivia located?
Bolivia is land-locked country located in South America, bordered by Brazil in the north and east, Argentina in the south, Chile in the southwest, Peru in the north west, and Paraguay in the south east. With so many neighbors, it is an ideal place to visit on any South American travel itinerary.
With nearly one third of the country nestled high in the Andes Mountain Range, Bolivia is one of the overall highest countries in the world. 28 percent of Bolivia lies above 3,000m, making it a perfect destination for those seeking the high peaks of the Andes. Over half of the country lies in the Llanos region. This region is covered in an extensive rainforest with immense biodiversity. The Sub-Andean region lies in between, a temperate climate bridging the gap between the rainforest and high-alpine environments.
What is the Currency of Bolivia?
Bolivia uses the Boliviano as their official currency. For current exchanges rates, click here. ATMS are available for use in major cities. For more information regarding other accepted currencies, ATMs, and credit cards, check out our Practicalities Page.
What Time Zone is Bolivia in?
Bolivia is UTC -4 hours. You can see the current local time in Bolivia here.
What Kind of Electrical Plug Will I Find in Bolivia?
Bolivia uses both a type A and type C Europlug socket. Keep in mind these socket types are both different, so be sure to bring an electrical adapter just in case. Bolivia runs mainly on 115/230V. Be aware that the voltage is not consistent like it is in other countries. When in doubt, use a voltage converter.
What Language is Spoken in Bolivia?
Spanish is the official language of Bolivia, although many tribal languages are spoken throughout the country including Quechua, Chiquitano, Tupi Guarani, and Aymara. At Adventure Alternative, we always give you an English-speaking guide while you travel with us.
However, English is not widely spoken on the streets or by people outside of the tourist industry, so knowing a few helpful phrases in Spanish will go a long way.
What is the Climate in Bolivia?
Due to the intense differences in elevation, Bolivia has vastly different climates. High in the mountains, or the Altiplano Region, temperatures vary from cool and humid to semi-arid. Like any high-alpine environment, the sun’s rays can cause temperatures to rise with the day and plummet at night. The Amazonian lowlands offer a jungle-climate, with intense humidity and generally higher tempratures.
The best times to visit Bolivia are from May to October, keeping in mind that seasons are opposite from that of the Northern Hemisphere. June and July are quite cold, as they are the heart of winter.
Summer, from around November until March marks the rainy season, traveling, especially trekking and climbing, is not advised during this time due to bad weather. In the Amazon, roads are washed out or underwater and everything turns into a muddy mess. Mosquitos and the humidity are worse than during the winter months, although river travel flourishes. In the mountains, there is less rain, but views are often obscured.
For additional weather resources, check out local mountain forecasts.