Bolivian tourism has really taken off in recent years, but the industry and its associated infrastructure is still in its formative stages.
InfoTur (www.visitbolivia.org) offices are found in most of the major tourist destinations. The amount of printed material available and the level of attention from staff can vary from place to place, and from visit to visit. Don't expect a lengthy conversation if you go just before lunch for example. Note that the posted opening hours are not always followed.
There is plenty of competition between tourist operators in the most popular destinations and this is often reflected in their website content, which often features abundant information to make the company more attractive. This can be a useful research tool, provided you remember the context the information is provided in!
Public holidays vary from province to province. The following are celebrated nationally.Año Nuevo (New Year’s Day) January 1Día del Estado Plurinacional (Celebrates new constitution) January 22Carnaval February/MarchSemana Santa (Good Friday) March/AprilDía del Trabajo (Labor Day) May 1Corpus...
International Student Travel Confederation (ISTC; www.isic.org) An international network of specialist student travel organizations and the body behind the International Student Identity Card (ISIC), which gives carrier discounts on a few services in Bolivia.