Bolivia in detail

Planning Tips

Resources (, in Spanish) News and cultural information.

Bolivian Express ( English magazine focusing on cultural coverage.

Bolivia Online ( Solid portal in English, Spanish and German.

Bolivia en Tus Manos (Bolivia in Your Hands,, in Spanish) News, culture and tourism site.

Lonely Planet ( Destination information, hotel bookings, traveler forum and more.

Top Tips

  • Allow yourself plenty of time to acclimatize to the altitude. Go up slowly and take it easy when you reach new heights.
  • Even a little Spanish will be a huge help in Bolivia. If you can, take some classes before you travel.
  • Prepare yourself for sometimes challenging but always rewarding travel experiences. Your trip will go more smoothly if you are patient and flexible.
  • Allow time in your schedule for unexpected delays. Keep an eye on the news and ask locals about potential bloqueos (road closures cause by protesters) that might affect your travel plans.
  • Stay away from political protests. They might pique your interest, but clashes could happen at any time.
  • Be respectful of local people and don't take photographs without asking permission, no matter how tempting it is to take a snap of someone in traditional dress.

Pre-Departure Checklist

  • Check the up-to-date visa requirements for your country
  • Get any vaccinations you might need
  • Make sure your passport is valid for at least six months past your arrival date
  • Check the airline baggage restrictions
  • Arrange for appropriate travel insurance
  • Check your debit and credit card will work abroad

What to Take

  • Proof of vaccination for yellow fever
  • Copy of your passport
  • Plug adapter
  • Binoculars for wildlife watching
  • Headlamp
  • Sleeping bag for the altiplano
  • Sunscreen and a hat
  • First-aid kit and bug spray
  • Ear plugs
  • Small padlock

What to Wear

Bolivia is a tough travel destination with a climate that can swing from extremely cold to extremely hot to extremely wet in just a few hours or kilometers. It's best to be practical when deciding on clothes, and wear whatever will make you most comfortable and keep you warm/cool/dry as necessary. Clothes should be hard-wearing and able to withstand getting on and off dusty vehicles and the odd rough surface. If you are going to the altiplano, wear thermals and warm clothes. You'll need a rain jacket (year-round) as well as sunglasses. Bring sturdy shoes.