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What You Should Know More About Bolivia

  • Travel advice

    • You need a passport of at least six months of validity before you start your travel to this country. European, Australian, and Canadian nationals do not require a visa if they are visiting Bolivia as a tourist. U.S nationals do require a visa.

    • You can take cruise trips and air travel to most of the cities in Bolivia.

    • Handshake is customary when greeting locals in Bolivia.

    • Bolivians have the habit of standing close when conversing.

    • Always make direct eye contact when talking, as it is considered untrustworthy if you do not make eye contact while talking.

    • Never eat anything with fingers. Even finger foods and fruits are eaten with fork and knife.

    • You must eat everything on your plate as it is considered polite.

    • After you finish dining at anybody’s home stay for 30 minutes at least, before you leave.

    • Do not wear shorts when touring in Bolivian cities.

    • Do not discuss political issues or share your opinions on them.

    • Bolivians are warm and friendly and appreciate the same attitude of the tourists.

    • When travelling at higher altitudes, chew cocoa leaves to reduce altitude sickness.

    • Take Spanish lessons at any learning centre in Bolivia.

    • Do not wear expensive clothes, accessories, or jewellery when travelling to Bolivia. Carry as less as possible.

    • Always keep your travel documents and travel insurance with you.

    • Do not use ATMs at night if you want to prevent armed robbery.

    • Do not entertain strangers who drop cash at your feet and ask you to check your wallet for dropped cashed. This is a scam to accuse you of theft or rob your wallet.

    • Only show documents to officers in uniforms. Many thieves scam tourists posing as police offers asking to check their cash for counterfeit notes and rob them of their valuables.

  • Drinking Law

    The legal drinking age in Bolivia is 18 years of age. You are required to show Ids at bars and clubs if you want to drink.

  • Our Recommendations: What you can’t afford to miss?

    Landscapes, colonial cities, and rainforests

    Visit La Paz to get a closer glimpse of its indigenous culture and vibrant markets. Visit Lake Titicaca for trekking, camping, and mountain biking. Visit Tiwanaku for sightseeing monuments made in sandstone, and get a view of the pre-Columbian and Inca history. The Salar de Uyuni and the Reserva de Fauna Andina Eduardo Avaroa has the largest salt lake where you can spot flamingos. You can visit this lake for its exotic beauty. Visit the silver mines at Potosí and take a breathtaking view of their colonial architecture. This place has a tragic history. Sucre, the capital city of Bolivia has spring-like pleasant climate throughout the year. Visit this city for its historical sites and architecture. The Jesuit missions of Chiquitos has many churches and a fascinating history. Get a glimpse of biodiversity at the Rurrenabaque and the Amazon.

    Wildlife and nature

    Pink silver dolphins can be spotted in one of the most popular national parks in Bolivia, in Parque Nacional Madidi. Take a look at the biodiversity of the flora and fauna present at this park. You can take a look at exotic species of birds and animals at Parque Nacional Noel Kempff Mercado. The Parque Nacional Amboró has 300 species of birds, the most exotic place for bird watching. You can take walking trails and treks at Yungas, Cordillera Real and Cordillera Apolobamba.

    Sightseeing, music, civilization

    Peña showcases live traditional Andean music. The musical instruments like, zampoña and charango are used. Get an insight into the mysterious civilizations that existed in the history when you visit Tiwanaku. The Isla del Sol and Isla de la Luna, Lake Titicaca has many sacred islands that are important to people who follow the Andean tradition. This is considered to be the birthplace of sun and moon. You can visit monasteries, churches, colonial buildings, and museums in Sucre. Get the bizarre view of folk medicines at the Witches market in Mercado de Hechicería, La Paz.

    Trekking, water sports, and camping

    Trekking and camping is free in most of the Bolivia. You can choose your own trekking and camping site and take care of your safety. If the area involves locals, take their permission before you camp at that site. The Sorata town in La Paz offers many places for trekking. You can take a three day trip and trek at various sites and explore these places. You can visit Coroico for rafting, canoeing, waterfalls, and hiking. You can visit the Isla del So for its Inca history. You can take walking and trekking trails at this place. You can visit Irupana for paragliding.

  • What you will like there?

    Sightseeing, history, and culture

    Bolivia is one of the most misunderstood countries of South America. You will love the exotic indigenous culture, traditions, and customs of this place. You will also enjoy shopping and music that is distinct compared to other places in America. Inca civilization is fascinating and a crowd puller. Global tourists visit Bolivia to get a taste of Inca civilization.

    Wildlife and landscapes

    You can get a glimpse of many exotic species of mammals and birds in various national parks and rainforests. You can explore the Amazon basin, live in the hammocks and stay close to wildlife and nature. Most of these trips are free. You can get a view of the world’s largest living rodent, capybara in this part of South America. There are many birds like kingfishers, hoatzin, and eagles that you can spot at the Amazon basin.

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