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Bolivia


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

A U.S. passport valid for at least six months from the date of proposed entry into Bolivia is required to enter and depart Bolivia.

Effective December 1, 2007, U.S. citizens seeking to enter Bolivia as tourists must have an entry visa. Bolivian tourist visas can be applied for by mail or in person at Bolivian consulates in the U.S., as well as at Bolivian ports of entry, such as at Bolivia’s international airports and at land border crossings. Bolivian tourist visas are valid for five years from the date of issuance and allow the bearer to enter the country three times in a year for a cumulative stay of not more than ninety days.

This information is subject to change without previous notice. For latest updates on entry/exit requirements for US citizens, please visit any of the following websites:


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!

On their 2011 private Pampas & Ushuaia birding tour

…”We have just arrived back in England after the most incredible holiday in Argentina and Antarctica. It has been a holiday of a lifetime. All our arrangements worked out really well and the days we spent with Trogon Tours truly added so much to our experience. Our only sadness is that we were not able to spend more time in Argentina and see more of the beautiful country and wildlife. We already feel that we must return and shall be looking to spend more time there before too long…

…Many thanks once again and hope we will catch up with you at the Birdfair in August.”

Angela and Trevor Plumb – England

Angela & Trevor Plumb






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.


Health

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.


Language

Spanish is the official language of Bolivia.


Electricity

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.


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