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Money and costs

Currency
Bolivianos ($b)
Exchange Rates
Rates provided by Open Exchange Rates. Last updated February 18, 2019 4:35PM UTC
Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
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

Cash is king, dollars are better than euros; watch for counterfeits. ATMs and credit cards accepted in cities and many towns.

Tipping

  • Restaurants Service is not usually included in the bill; leave 10% to 15%.

  • Tours Guides are grateful for tips (10% to 20% is the norm); remember that their wage is often much lower than the tour price.

  • Taxis Tipping is not expected, though it's common to round up.