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What language is spoken in Bolivia?

Spanish is Bolivia's official language. 39 other native languages are also spoken in different regions of the country including Quechua, Aymara and Guarani. Half the population has an indigenous mother tongue that means even Spanish vocabulary and pronunciation differs depending on the region.

What currency is used in Bolivia?

Bolivia's currency is the Boliviano. US dollars are mostly accepted in larger cities and stores. Use of debit and credit is available in major cities but is inconsistent throughout the country so having local currency on hand is important. ATMs and currency exchange shops are easily found in larger cities and in towns but not in smaller villages.

Do I need a visa to travel to Bolivia?

A visa is not required when travelling as a tourist from Canada or the United States for up to 90 days.

When is the best time to travel to Bolivia?

The best time to visit is from May to October, which is the country’s dry season. However this is also their winter so temperatures will be cooler. 

Is there transportation within Bolivia?

The most common ways to get around the country include buses, planes, boats and trains. There is a vast bus network in bigger cities with established bus routes. Taxis are also a good option as they are easy and inexpensive. 

Is Bolivia a family friendly destination?

Bolivia is not known for being a typical family vacation destination. However, for the more adventurous who are willing to be flexible it can be a wonderful experience. 

How welcoming is Bolivia to LGBTQ travellers and families?

In Bolivia, any discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity is constitutionally prohibited. LGTBQ clubs and events can be enjoyed mostly in larger cities like Santa Cruz and La Paz. Although Bolivia is one of the more progressive countries in South America, same-sex orientation is still not widely accepted by locals so discretion is advised in more rural areas.

Electricity

The electrical voltage in most Bolivian cities is 220-230V at 50Hz, however there are many areas with older buildings that may still use 110V like in La Paz. Most plugs and sockets are the two-pin, round prong (type C) but occasionally you may find the North American two-pin flat-pronged (type A).

Tipping

Tipping is not mandatory in Bolivia but it is appreciated by staff particularly working in areas such as hotels, restaurants and as tour guides, with a 10% tip being the average. 

 

 


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