Bolivians love children, it’s a one-of-a-kind cultural experience for them, and bringing your children will do wonders for breaking down cultural barriers.
There are however a few things to consider before bringing your children to Bolivia, including the following:
- Vaccines You’ll probably want them for visits to the lowlands, but many can be dangerous for children younger than two years and breastfeeding moms.
- Comfort Bumpy roads and long distances can make for unhappy campers.
- Altitude Potentially tough on tots.
- Bugs Bites can be problematic because of potential disease. Your best defense is not to get bitten.
- Climate Can be extreme.
- Food Diarrhea is common.
- Demonstrations Roadblocks and tear gas are not uncommon.
As a general rule civilian airlines charge 10% of adult ticket prices and/or airport taxes and fees for children under the age of two, who must sit on your lap.
On long-distance buses, those who occupy a seat will normally have to pay the full fare. Some hotels have family rooms with three or four beds. Restaurants rarely advertise children’s portions, but will often offer a child-sized serving at a lower price, or will allow two kids to share an adult meal.
Cribs, diaper-changing facilities and child-care services are only available in the finest hotels in big cities. Breastfeeding in public is widespread. Formula milk is available in modern supermarkets in big cities, as are disposable diapers. If you plan on driving, bring your car seat from home.
There are fantastic children’s museums in La Paz and Sucre, plus a water park in Santa Cruz. Most Bolivians spend Sunday afternoons picnicking with the family in parks and zoos or strolling the traffic-free pedestrian walks of La Paz and Cochabamba.
For more information, advice and anecdotes, see Lonely Planet's Travel with Children.
Bolivia for Kids
- First aid kit including diarrhea tablets, rehydration salts, sunscreen, bug spray, Neosporin, Band-Aids, acetaminophen, thermometer
- Required vaccines, passports and visas, as kids need them, too
- Snacks and favorite foods from home
- Clothes for all weather and sun hat
- Parental permission note if traveling solo
- Baby carrier, as strollers are basically pointless
- Favorite toys