Bolivia is a country in central South America, with a varied terrain spanning Andes Mountains, the Atacama Desert, and the Amazon Basin rainforest. The capital La Paz sits at more than 3,500m the capital La Paz sits on Nearby is glass-smooth Lake Titicaca, the continent’s largest lake, straddling the border with Peru. In Bolivia, there are different types of climate depending on the area and altitude. Bolivia lies in the Southern Hemisphere, albeit at tropical latitudes, so its seasons are reversed in comparison with the Northern Hemisphere.
Best Time to Visit Bolivia
May to November is the country’s dry season with clear skies and little rain making it the most popular time to travel to Bolivia. This is perfect for hiking trails. The only downside is that temperatures can drop to below freezing at night. You’ll want to pack lots of layers, especially if you’re going to be in higher altitudes because most hotels don’t have heating.
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WHAT TO EXPECT
Language: Bolivia has one of the highest numbers of official languages in the world with 39 recognized by the Bolivian constitution. The most widely spoken is Spanish, as well as indigenous languages like Aymara and Quechua.
Currency: The currency in Bolivia is the Bolivian Boliviano.
Credit Cards and ATMs: Most major restaurants and hotels will accept credit cards in Bolivia, but it’s always a good idea to have cash on you as a backup. Not all ATMs in the country accept foreign bank accounts, and it’s a good rule of thumb to only withdraw from one in a secure area (like next to bank) in case anything happens.
Plugs: The plugs in Bolivia are types A and C. The standard voltage is between 115-230 V, and the standard frequency is 50Hz. I recommend buying a universal adapter (make sure it has surge protection) and using a converter for hairdryers and hot tools.
Safety: If you’re traveling to Bolivia as a solo female traveler, you’ll need to take a few extra precautions. You should avoid traveling after dark, keep an eye out for petty crime, and only use reputable cab companies.