Bolivia FAQs

Find the answers to some of the most common Bolivia frequently asked questions on luxury travel Bolivia. Contact us with any other questions and our expert, locally-based travel team will be able to assist as part of your tailormade travel planning arrangements.

  1. When is the best time to travel to Bolivia?

    Bolivia is a year-round destination with a variety of landscapes and climates accordingly.

    Southwestern highlands: Salar de Uyuni and Eduardo Avaroa Reserve

    In the dry season, the salar is an expanse of dry, white salt. Temperatures can be even cooler than the Salar further south in the Eduardo Avaroa Reserve. In the rainy season, the Salar can see a shallow layer of water creating a mirror-like effect (this effect is variable, most likely to occur Jan-Feb).

    Dry season: April-October
    Day time temperatures: 10 to 20º C / 50 to 68º F
    Night time temperatures: -10 to 0º C / 14 to 32º

    Rainy season: November-March
    Day time temperatures: 10 to 25º C / 50 to 77º F
    Night time temperatures: 0 to 10º C / 32 to 50º F

    The central highlands: La Paz, Lake Titicaca, Sucre and Potosi

    Dry season: April – October.
    Day time temperatures: 10 to 20º C / 50 to 68º F
    Night time temperatures: -3 to 7º C / 27 to 45º

    Rainy season: November – March
    Day time temperatures: 15 to 27º C / 59 to 80º F
    Night time temperatures: 6 to 10º C / 43 to 50º F b.

    The Rainforest: Madidi National Park, Noel Kempf Mercado National Park

    This region shares the same dry and rainy seasons as the mountains and highlands. There is regular rain in the rainforest, but there are more heavy downpours during the rainy season. Wildlife spotting opportunities are typically better in the dry season.

    Dry season: April-October
    Day time temperatures: 20 to 30º C / 68 to 86º F
    Night time temperatures: 10 to 25º C / 50 to 77ºF

    Rainy season: November-March.
    Day time temperatures: 25 to 35º C / 77 to 95º F
    Night time temperatures: 15 to 25º C / 60 to 77º F

  2. Do I need a visa for Bolivia?

    Visa requirements for Bolivia vary greatly by country and are subject to regular change. In addition to reviewing the information below we recommend you consult your local consulate for up-to-date details about visa requirements for travel to Bolivia.

    For all visitors a valid passport for at least six months after your entry in Bolivia is required to enter and depart. Tourists must also provide evidence of return or onward travel.

    At the time of writing (February 2018), the visa cost for US citizens is $160. We highly recommend visitors obtain a visa at their local consulate prior to travel, as waiting until arrival at the border entrance to Bolivia can mean long wait times, delays in transmission, and a potentially elevated cost.

    US citizens who choose to obtain a visa in the airport upon arrival in Bolivia or at border crossings (with immigration control posts), must provide: a valid passport, filled in application form, certification of their yellow fever vaccine if visiting the jungle, a bank statement proving economic solvency, a passport style photo (4cmx4cm in size with a white background), and money for the $160 payment. Travelers from the US must also present either a copy of their travel itinerary, hotel reservation, or invitation letter from Bolivian friends or relatives including the host's address.

  3. Do I need any vaccinations for Bolivia?

    In addition to the advice below, we recommend that you visit your health care provider to provide advice in accordance with your personal health and medical history.

    The government of Bolivia only requires proof of yellow fever vaccination if traveling from a country with risk of yellow fever transmission (countries at risk at the time of writing in Jan 2018 are located in Africa, Central and South America). The yellow fever vaccination however is recommended if traveling to certain parts of Bolivia. It is valid for 10 years and must be administered at least 15 days before arrival.

    Other health considerations:
    La Paz is at high altitude where Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), also known as soroche, could occurr. Please contact us for more detailed recommendations on how to prepare for travelling at altitude. Malaria pills are only recommended, not required, for certain areas of the rainforest.

  4. How do I get to Bolivia?

    By air: La Paz is the capital city and has a number of international flights. Santa Cruz also serves various international flights. Travelling within Bolivia, Amaszonas is a reputable airline. Boliviana Aviacaion, the state airline, also offers a range of domestic flights. There are no commercial international flights to Uyuni, but it is possible to fly direct to Uyuni's airport via private charter flight.

    By road: Many guests combine their travels to Bolivia with Peru. The crossing allows you to visit stunning Lake Titicaca. Including a visit to the lake, it is possible to travel from La Paz (Bolivia) to the Peruvian side of Lake Titicaca (the city of Puno and nearby hotels) in a day.

  5. What plugs do they use in Bolivia?

    The voltage throughout Bolivia is 220V and 110V. European rounded two pin plugs and American flat two pin plugs can be used. Three-pronged and polarized plugs will need adapters, which can usually be purchased locally.

  6. How long do I need to visit Bolivia?

    We recommend a week to take in the highlights: La Paz, Lake Titicaca, Salar de Uyuni, Potosi and Sucre. A minimum of one night in Uyuni is required to appreciate the Salar, connecting with La Paz.

  7. What are the hotel standards like in Bolivia?

    The capital La Paz offers attractive and very comfortable options including ATIX, Casa Grande and smaller boutiques. Elsewhere in the country, accommodation and infrastructure tends to be basic. The best accommodation options in Uyuni are salt hotels - which are comfortable but not luxurious. It is also possible to stay overnight by the Salar in an airstream camper.