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Money & costs


There are numerous ATMs around the city center (but not at the airport or bus station). Casa de Cambio Ambar (646-0984; San Alberto 7) and Casa de Cambio El Arca (646-0189; España 134) both change traveler’s checks – the latter normally at better rates. Banco Nacional de Bolivia (España & San Alberto) changes traveler’s checks to dollars for 3% commission. Many businesses display ‘Compro Dólares’ signs, but they only change cash. Street moneychangers, who operate outside the market along Av Hernando Siles, are handy on weekends when banks are closed. Cash advances are available for a fee at the Banco Nacional de Bolivia.