Travel Information Bolivia
Find more information below on Bolivia, South America, such as general information, currency, safety and more.
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- CAPITAL La Paz (administrative & governmental); Sucre (legal capital & judicial seat)
- GOVERNMENT Republic
- CURRENCY Boliviano (BOB)
- POPULATION 8,989,046 (July 2006 estimate)
- TOTAL AREA 1,098,580km² (water: 14,190km² land: 1,084,390km²)
- LANGUAGES Spanish (official), Quechua (official), Aymara (official), Guarani
- DECIMAL SYSTEM metric system (kilograms, centimeters, °C)
- TIME ZONE Time zone is UTC-04:00
- LOCATION located in South America.
Most popular cities in Bolivia
- La Paz — the administrative city and seat of the government
- Sucre — the constitutional capital and seat of the judiciary
- Rurrenabaque – a small town in tropical surrounding close to the Madidi National Park
- Cochabamba — Bolivia’s third-largest city, with a pleasant, moderate climate
- Oruro — famous for its carnival
- Potosí — once one of the wealthiest cities in the world due to its silver mines
- Santa Cruz — the second-largest and most affluent city of Bolivia
- Tupiza – Capital of Sud Chichas Province, it is known for it’s beautiful red rock formations, mild climate, and many tourists attractions.
Sockets & Plugs in Bolivia
230V, 50Hz with sockets and plugs Type A and Type C.
Bolivia uses the Bolivian boliviano (symbol: Bs.), code BOB.
Banknotes come in denominations of 200, 100, 50, 20 and 10 boliviano. Boliviano is subdivided into 100 centavos. Coins come in denominations of 5, 2 and 1 bolivianos and 50, 20 and 10 centavo.
Automatic teller machines are common in Bolivia. You can usually find them in both large & small cities. You don’t need a chip and PIN card to use an ATM: your standard magnetic card will work fine.
Internet speed in Bolivia is on average 2.0 Mbps.
WiFi coverage in Bolivia is low. It is not as easy to find one.
You can buy a SIM card for about 99.85 BOB, which includes 2 GB of data plan. You can choose from 3 telecoms: Entel, Tigo or Viva.
Bolivia uses GSM mobile networks GSM 850 and GSM 1900.
If you don’t want to buy SIM card in Bolivia upon arrival, make sure to check the roaming charges with your telecom provider before your departure so there are no surprises when you return home.
To call Bolivia, dial +, then 591 (the country code for Bolivia), then the area code (without the initial 0) and the local number.
High crime rate
Bolivia has a high crime rate . Keep large amounts of money, expensive jewellery, cameras and phones out of sight. Don’t change or withdraw large sums of money in busy public areas including foreign exchange facilities or ATMs. Thieves operate at international airports, and bus and railway stations. Keep your valuables safe and baggage with you at all times. Don’t pick up strangers or stop to help apparently distressed motorists, as this is a technique sometimes used by hijackers.
It’s highly recommended to follow security precautions like wearing a money belt, leaving valuables in your hotel room safe or well out of sight, securing your bag, staying vigilant in crowds and steering clear of commotions.
An IDP is required
An International Driving Permit (IDP) is required as well as your original license. IDP can be issued by your local automobile association before you leave your home country.
Rent a car
In order to rent a car:
- your age must be over 25
- you must have a full license for at least a 1 year
- have a credit card (Usually Visa & MasterCard are the best)
Alcohol, drugs & prostitution
The minimum age to purchase and drink alcohol is 18 years old.
Prostitution is legal, and brothels are also legal.
Cannabis is illegal but decriminalized
Although drugs are illegal (including cannabis), cannabis (marijuana) is decriminalized meaning you will not go to jail and it will not be on your criminal record if you get caught. However, you could still get a fine, rehabilitation, community service or a combination of the three.
- Police 911
- Ambulance 911
- Fire department 911
- Police 110
- Ambulance 118
- Fire 119
- Civil protection 114
- National police 120
Vaccinations listed are recommended
The following vaccinations listed for this country are recommended for your protection and to prevent the spread of infectious diseases.
- Typhoid fever
- Hepatitis A
- Yellow Fever
These vaccinations apply only to select travelers or persons on work assignments.
- Hepatitis B
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