28th, 1986, it was created the Bolivian (Bs), the monetary unit
of Bolivia. At the present time, coins of 10, 20, and 50 cents
and of 1 and 2 Bs are in circulation; also, bills of 5, 10, 20,
50, 100 and 200 Bs.
In the main cities of the country, the traveler will be able to
change foreign currency -mainly US dollars- without any inconvenience.
In La Paz, Sucre, Cochabamba and Santa Cruz de la Sierra, there
are many casas de cambio - that are safer and offer a better guarantee
in the transaction- and street cambistas that are not completely
cards are accepted in the most important hotels, restaurants and
commercial centers, however the same thing doesn't happen in the
smallest establishments neither in the remote towns.
In general, Mastercard, Diners, Visa and American Express are
very well accepted. It is recommendable to consult with your travel
agent about the possibilities of use of credit cards.
In the main
cities of Bolivia, the casas de cambio and some other establishments
accept travelers checks, reason why selling them wont be
any difficult; but, the situation is different in the smallest
towns, for what is recommended to take cash.
One more thing, if you plans to take travelers checks, the best
thing will be to have them issued in American dollars.