BOLIVIA

ESSENTIALS _____________

Capital : La Paz
Size: 1.09 million km²
Population: 11 m
Currency : Boliviano
Language: Spanish

La Paz

La Paz & Archéologie

Vallée de la Lune

Buenos Aires & la région de la Pampa

Tihuanaco

Tihuanaco (Tiwanaku)

Lac Titicaca

Lac Titicaca – Puno

Copacabana

Coapacabana

Isla del Sol

Isla del Sol

Salar de Uyuni

Salar de Uyuni

Oruro

Oruro

Incahuasi

Incahuasi

Santa Cruz de la Sierra

Santa Cruz de la Sierra

Samaipata

Samaipata

San Javier

San Javier

Concepcion

Concepcion

San José de Chiquitos

San José de Chiquitos

Sucre

Sucre

Tarabuco

Tarabuco

Potosi

Potosi

GENERAL INFORMATIONS

ALTITUDE

Most of the cities and sites to visit are located at more than 3000 meters of altitude. For example, La Paz is at 3660 meters of altitude. However, Santa Cruz de la Sierra region and Jesuit missions are located in the plains.

EMBRASSY IN FRANCE

12, avenue President Kennedy, 75016 Paris

Phone: +331 4224 9344

email: embolivia.paris@wanadoo.fr 

CREDITS CARDS
Visa and MasterCard secured ATMs are accessible in big cities. Many hotels, restaurants or boutiques accept this payment system.
WEATHER

For the Andean area, the best season is without a doubt from April to November. From June to September especially, the highlands are always cold. To avoid December to March period when summer rains are heavy.

Santa Cruz de la Sierra region has a tropical climate.

ELECTRICITY
110 volts outlets sometimes flat blade plugs (recommended to bring a plug adapter).
FORMALITIES
For French citizens, a valid passport for 6 months after return date is required.
CURRENT TIME
GMT – 4h, 5h on French winter time and – 6h on summer time. When it is 12h00 in Paris, it is 7h00 in La Paz in winter and 6h00 in summer.
CURRENCY & EXCHANGE
Euro is accepted in foreign exchange counters. As a guide, 1 Boliviano = approx. 0.10 €
TIPS
It is customary to tip about 10% of the bill, often the only income for the waiter when the service is not included.
HEALTH

Water is non-drinkable. It is wise to check your vaccination expiration dates. For the tropical region, the yellow fever vaccination is recommended. For the altitude sickness or “soroche”, get medical advice before leaving.

MEDICATION:

It is recommended if you have a specific medical treatment to take with you all your medication. Also bring other treatments for the “traveler’s diarrhea”, fevers, and mosquito repellent.

SAFETY
Be careful mainly in cities and touristic places. Wearing expensive belongings is highly discouraged.
TAXIS
Pricing is set before you get in the car and paid at the end of the ride. To avoid surprises request your taxi at the hotel. 
TELECOMS

To call from France to Bolivia, please dial 00+591+city code+number.

To call from Bolivia to France, please dial 00+33+number without dialing 0.

HOW TO DRESS?
Warm and casual winter clothes. The heating in most of hotels does not work very well, hence bring night warm outfits. Also plan ahead, bring gloves, sunglasses and resistant shoes. For Santa Cruz de la Sierra region, summer and rain clothes.

CITIES & REGIONS

La Paz

La Paz

La Paz & Archaeology
Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz region & Jesuit missions
Salar de Uyuni

Salar de Uyuni

Lake Titicaca & Salar de Uyuni
Sucre - Potosi

Sucre - Potosi

Historical & Colonial Bolivia

REGIONS OF BOLIVIA

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Bolivia

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