The Republic of Bolivia (Spanish: República de Bolivia), named after Simón Bolívar, is a landlocked country in central South America. It is bordered by Brazil on the north and east, Paraguay and Argentina on the south, and Chile and Peru on the west.

From 1839 Sucre was the seat of government until the administrative capital was moved to La Paz in 1898. Sucre remains the constitutional capital and seat of the Supreme Court (Corte Suprema de Justicia)

Visa Requirements

South African citizens require a passport valid for six months and a visa to enter Bolivia.

This information is subject to change without previous notice. For latest updates on entry/exit requirements for South African citizens, please contact the Bolivian Consulate in South Africa:

2 Meadowbrook Close French Lane, 2057
South Africa

Phone: (+27-11) 8833416
Fax: (+27-11) 8837126

Local currencies

  • The local currency of Bolivia is the Boliviano.
  • For information on the current exchange rates, click here
  • US Dollars are welcome throughout Bolivia, but make sure to bring only small notes.

What our clients say!

Tour participant of The Travelling Naturalist Patagonia 2007 tour.

… “Just to say thank you for all your efforts on our trip. Chris and I both thoroughly enjoyed it. I reckon I got about 120 new birds out of a total of about 170 (have to sort out if the South American (white-backed) stilt is separate from black-necked stilt!).

Also would like to say how well Lucas treated us on our trip to Costanera Sur. He was an excellent guide and kept going despite the rain. We had 81 birds for the day including 22 new ones for me.



Derek Allnut

How to Get There and Around

The following airlines can take you to Bolivia.

Click on any of the airlines’ name to access their web sites.


A yellow fever vaccination is strongly advised, as outbreaks do occur, particularly after flooding, and it is a requirement for those entering from infected areas. Altitude sickness is the most common complaint in Bolivia with much of the country lying above 10,000ft (3,050m). This is particularly relevant to diabetics, those with heart complaints or chest problems, who should seek advice before travelling to Bolivia. Malaria is prevalent in some parts of the country, and dengue fever is on the increase. Sanitation and hygiene are poor in some areas so be wary of what is eaten; avoid under-cooked meat and unpeeled fruit and vegetables, and only drink bottled water. Medical insurance is strongly recommended.


Spanish is the official language of Bolivia.


Electricity in Bolivia is 220 volts, 50 Hz. The most commonly used electric sockets are US flat two-pin plugs and one with round grounding pin are used. Universal plug adaptors and a transformer are highly recommended.