Money & costs
Cash withdrawals of bolivianos and US dollars are possible at numerous ATMs at major intersections around the city. For cash advances (bolivianos only, amount according to your limit in home country) with no commission and little hassle, try the following:
Banco Mercantil (cnr Mercado & Ayacucho)
Banco Nacional de Bolivia (cnr Colón & Camacho)
Casas de cambio (exchange bureaus) in the city center can be quicker and more convenient than banks. Most places open from 8:30am to noon and 2pm to 6pm weekdays, and on Saturday mornings. If desperate, try Hotel Rosario or Hotel Gloria.
Be wary of counterfeit US dollars and bolivianos, especially with cambistas (street moneychangers) who loiter around the intersections of Colón, Camacho and Santa Cruz. Outside La Paz you’ll get 3% to 10% less for checks than for cash. The following places change traveler’s checks for minimal commission:
Cambios América (Camacho 1223)
Casa de Cambio Sudamer (Colón 206 at Camacho) Sells currency from neighboring countries.