Currency

Boliviano (B$)

Daily Costs

Budget: less than B$200

  • Dorm/budget beds: B$40–70
  • Bread for breakfast, set lunch, dinner supplies bought in local market: B$50
  • Museum admission, limited tours: B$125
  • 2nd-class transit: B$70–100

Midrange: B$200–650

  • Midrange hotel: B$160–400
  • Hotel breakfast, lunch and dinner in a restaurant: B$200
  • Extra cash for beers, guided trips, excursions: B$300
  • 1st-class transit: B$150–200

Top end: more than B$650

  • Top-end hotel: B$400
  • Breakfast buffet, lunch and dinner at high-end restaurant B$250
  • Plenty of extra cash for guided trips B$300–400
  • 1st-class transit and air transfers B$300–500

Bargaining

Gentle haggling is usually fine at markets and some negotiation is common if arranging a service such as renting a taxi for a day. Use your judgement and decide if the price seems fair; attempts to bargain hard may become uncomfortable. Bear in mind that many Bolivians have very little money, and arguing over a dollar or two probably isn't worth it.

Money

Moneychangers gather along Av de las Heroínas and near the market at Calle 25 de Mayo; some only accept US cash. Amanda Casa de Cambio is quick and professional. You're never far from an ATM, with clusters on Av Ballivián, including five separate ones in front of the Hipermaxi supermarket, and at the corner of Avs Heroínas and Ayacucho.