As for all the South American countries, we have visited, here we leave you our recommendations to travel to Bolivia, a country that, despite being one of the least visited in South America has incredible customs, cities, and landscapes, including the Uyuni Salt Flats, one of the wonders of the continent.
SECURITY IN BOLIVIA
Bolivia has historically been one of the safest countries in the area, although unfortunately, the situation has worsened somewhat in recent years – there have been cases of express kidnappings and robberies especially by taxi passengers – especially in the Santa Cruz area of the Sierra. El Alto, which is already an independent city of La Paz, and larger, it is better to avoid if it is not well known where to go.
THE BEST TRAVEL INSURANCE TO TRAVEL TO BOLIVIA
Even so, the country is still not particularly insecure and you can travel for free without problems taking precautions that you always have to take in South America, especially in large cities: take out travel insurance, keep documents safekeeping documents I get some photocopies – and credit cards, not displaying money or valuables such as photo or video cameras, smartphones or jewelry and, in case of theft, do not resist. IATI offers you a 5% discount when hiring your travel insurance here for being readers of SaltaConmigo.com. You can also read our entry on how to choose the best travel insurance before hiring it.
REQUIREMENTS TO TRAVEL TO BOLIVIA
You do not need a visa to travel to Bolivia from Spain, the valid passport with at least 6 months of validity is sufficient. In this way, it is possible to remain in the country until 90 days. For most Latin American countries, no visa or other permit is necessary, although it is always better to consult the consulate before leaving.
On the borders of Bolivia, there is usually no problem and, at least on the land, no return tickets or hotel reservations are requested to enter.
VACCINES TO TRAVEL TO BOLIVIA
The yellow fever vaccine is recommended only in the case of visiting areas of high endemic risk, that is, the jungle areas. And in those cases, it may also be advisable to take prophylaxis against malaria, and a good mosquito repellent is essential – you know, Select Extrafuerte. If you visit only the highland area there is no risk of malaria or yellow fever. In general, the typhoid vaccine is recommended. The best, as always, a month before leaving is to go to the nearest international vaccination center describing the itinerary in the most detailed way possible.
You have to go prepared for altitude sickness if you visit the high plateau – for example in the area of the altiplano lagoons between the Salar de Uyuni and San Pedro de Atacama, where they exceed 5000 meters above sea level. It may be necessary to drink something, although the best thing for soroche or altitude sickness, as they say in all the Andes, is “walk slowly, eat little and sleep alone. ” That is to say, do not make much effort, do not eat heavy and, also, drink a lot and try not to climb much height in a short time.
PRICES: TRAVEL CHEAP IN BOLIVIA
Many backpackers choose to travel to Peru and Bolivia precisely because of the prices, which in general are very cheap – in Bolivia much cheaper than in Peru. A daily budget of about € 10 (the US $ 14) including everything (public transport, food, accommodation, and some excursion) will be sufficient, being in simple but good double rooms and with private bathroom. The only thing that can make the trip a bit more expensive is the multi-day excursions to the jungle – although they are probably the cheapest in South America, of course much cheaper than in Brazil and Peru – or to the Salar de Uyuni-The 4-day and 3-night excursion to San Pedro de Atacama is worth about the US $ 100 including everything but water, which is also generally quite cheap. Even wanting to go to higher category sites and not backpacker hostels, prices are very affordable.
Undoubtedly, the highest expense when traveling to Bolivia is the plane ticket, so, what nobody wants is that there is no problem with the flight: delays, cancellations or overbooking and not with luggage. If this happens, you can do little more than talking to your insurance company at the time, but also keep all the documentation because you can also claim the airline and we talk about a lot of money, including the return of the ticket price. Be sure to read our article about claims to airlines.
TRANSPORTATION: TRAVEL BY LAND IN BOLIVIA, BUSES, AND CARS
It is very simple and cheap to move by public transport in Bolivia and there are many connections. Almost always, the rates are fixed, so different companies have the same price for the same routes and, even when the prices are different, it is highly recommended to rely only on the best companies – in the tourist offices they can advise you. And we say it because one of Bolivia’s greatest dangers is the reckless driving of bus drivers, especially at night. Sometimes they go without sleep or even drunk – the same goes for some tours, so it’s good to trust only agencies recommended by others.
As for traveling by car, there are no problems and, in general, it is quite safe but it is always better to find out earlier about the state of the roads and traffic blockages. Also, it is advisable, especially in jungle areas, to avoid the rainy season (from November to February), when roads are frequently flooded. The roads of the Yungas, there is the famous highway of death, can be particularly dangerous.
TRAVEL TO BOLIVIA FROM SPAIN: AIRPLANES
The most expensive to travel from Spain to Bolivia are plane tickets, and there are no cheap tickets to La Paz. The minimum, for a round trip, is about € 700 and there are no direct flights. It is best to search for some flight comparator pages.