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Bolivia is the highest country in America. Its neighbouring countries are Peru, Chile, Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay. Its 1098581 square kilometre territory has no coastline. Its capital is the City of Sucre. The Andean cordillera divides into two mountain ranges within its territory: the Western Volcanic and the Eastern or Royal Ranges. Both of them determine the differentiated geography of the country, which characterises for the presence of the high altitude plateaus with severe weather conditions, the productive valleys of moderate weather, and a vast forest zone, a tropical paradise for a great number of flora and fauna species.
Time in Bolivia is four hours ahead of that of the Greenwich Meridian Time (GMT). When at noon in Bolivia it is:
Day temperatures fluctuate between 15° and 18° C while they drop considerably at night, and are freezing during the southern hemisphere's winter (June-August). The rainy season starts in November and ends in March.
At heights above 3000 metres in the Andes
The weather is very unwelcoming.
At the valleys or the Yunga Region
It is warmer, with a humid subtropical weather. The annual average temperature is of 23° C.
At the tropical zone of the plateaus (East)
The average temperature is of 30° C. The rainy season starts in December and ends in March.
- Use comfortable footwear or sneakers during hikes.
- Drink enough liquid during your excursions.
Water is drinkable in most of Bolivia, though the chemicals vary according to the place you are in. In order to avoid complications, we recommend you always drink bottled water.
All travellers must get in contact with the Embassy of Bolivia in their countries of origin and verify what kind of visa they are going to need. The visa requirements are subject to changes.
Spanish is Bolivia's official language. Amongst all the languages and dialects used by the different ethnical groups, the Aymara in the plateaus and the Quechua in the mountains are the most spoken ones. Also languages of Guarani origin are spoken in the cities and in communities close to the border with Paraguay.
Bolivia's official currency is the Bolivian and its symbol is Bs. There are 10, 20 and 50 cent coins along with those of 1 and 2 Bs; 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200 Bs notes are currently in use. Travellers will be able to exchange their foreign money in the main cities of the country without a problem.
Even though tips are a personal issue, we intend to give you a general picture of what is accustomed in the country. Most of the restaurants add a 10% amount for tips on the bill. The total tip should be more or less 15%. Porters will get US$ 1.00 per piece of luggage. Taxi drivers do not expect a tip.
Full day excursions: US$ 6.00 per person.
Half day excursions: US$ 3.00 per person.
Always ask for permission before taking pictures of the local people. Your guide can assist you in that respect. Do not take pictures of military installations or airports. You can take pictures of most of the monuments and at some museums.
Voltage in Bolivia is of 220 AC, 60 Hz.
Tourists coming from countries with yellow fever cases must present a vaccination certificate to enter the country. This is the only immunisation document required, though you may ask your doctor out of precaution, and vaccinate against hepatitis A, cholera and tetanus in case it is needed.
La Paz: 3650 metres above sea level.
Sucre: 2750 metres above sea level.
Potosí: 4070 metres above sea level.
Copacabana: 3841 metres above sea level.
Santa Cruz: 437 metres above sea level.
Cochabamba: 2500 metres above sea level.
The City of La Paz offers a varied gastronomy including the best traditional Bolivian dishes, the most exquisite selection of international cuisine, and the globally accepted fast food as well.
Sucre is famous all across Bolivia for the quality of its chocolates and sweets.
There is an interesting variety of restaurants in Potosí, offering mostly typical dishes, while just a few offer international food.
IMPORTANT: Enjoy Corporation reserves the right to make changes on the excursions or trips' scheduled without previous notice, due to weather conditions, water level of the rivers, arriving or departing time of flights or buses, or any other relevant reason, in order to guarantee the best outcome for your trip.