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Bolivia

Extending over western and eastern mountain ranges at 4,000 meters above sea level, you will find Bolivia. The country owes its nickname "roof of the world" to the atmosphere of the vast plateau which is bound to impress you. Sometimes it seems as if time has gone slower here. Or has the clock truly been standing still for over 100 years ...?

Bolivia is like a microcosm of our earth: from its magical natural settings to the power of the dense jungle in the Amazon and the tranquil eternal snow peaks in the Andes mountains. This "magical land" with its cultural richness, leaves behind undefined religious mysteries and a varied palette of monumental colonial relics. The atmosphere of its colourful folklore and artisan traditions reign in the farthest corners of the land and are epitomized during various festivals and carnivals.. All this and much more turn Bolivia into a "magical must" for every traveler.

A visit to these areas can easily complete a two-week programme. And still Bolivia continues to surprise, with the Madidi National Park and the Pampas in particular. From the high Andes to the Amazon Basin, there are 45,550 ha of desert, with unparalleled biological diversity, with up to 1,000 species of birds and 44% of all common mammals in the Americas. Also try and visit the Sajama National Park, a beautiful landscape dominated by the imposing Sajama Mountain and its typical quenua forests.

Insurances

Have a safe and carefree trip: travel fully insured with our Protections travel insurance! Our Protections insurance policies offer various formulas in order to offer you the widest possible cover (with even a fly-on-time, natural catastrophes and epidemics) for both single journeys or for the entire year. We guarantee you the best protection at the best price.

Tailored travel

The tours in our brochures are just a few examples of travel itineraries possible. Our trips can be tailored to suit your specific needs. If you want to book a specific destination or combine it with a mini-tour then we will gladly make you a tailor-made offer. For a personalised day-by-day program please contact our destination experts.

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Travel Documents

  • Travel documents: All Belgian nationals*  (children and babies included) must be in possession of an international e-passport (biometric) containing min. 2 blank pages, valid for at least 6 months after the day of departure. In order to organize consular services even better, may we recommend you register your stay in the country via www.travellersonline.diplomatie.be. 

  • All passengers who travel to and /or via the U.S. must apply for an electronic travel authorization at least 72 hours prior to departure. The ESTA procedure must be requested via the official website link https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov and paid by a personal credit card only. Please verify the latest updates on travel advice, documents and requirements on http://diplomatie.be/nl.

  • Travellers with a non-Belgian nationality and / or travellers travelling on a foreign passport are invited to spontaneously report this matter to the Connections travel consultant and shall contact their respective embassy (s) or Consulate (ate) to obtain the latest updates concerning all current travel requirements and documents. They must apply for an electronic travel authorization at least 72 hours prior to departure via the official website link https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov and pay by a personal credit card only.

Health

No mandatory vaccinations required unless in combination with Brazil. In that case your need a vaccination against Yellow Fever.

Time Zones

Time Difference

Bolivia : Gmt: -4. Time difference with Belgium - 6 hours.

Currency

Currency:

Bolivian Boliviano ( ) : 1 EUR = +/-9.9 Boliviano 

Money Exchange

Many money exchange houses (‘cambios’ in Spanish) can be found at numerous locations. Exchanging dollars, pounds or euros into bolivianios should never be a problem. In smaller towns you may have to go into one of these cambios and change your 100 boliviano notes given by the ATM into smaller bills (20 or 10 denomination bank notes) as local shop owners rarely have change (‘suelto’ in Spanish).

ATMs are rare. Even the popular tourist destination like Tupiza does not have an International LINK ATM. Travelers have to go into a bank and withdraw using their debit or credit card. There is a limit of 300 USD per ATM transaction. This is for your safety, to prevent thieves from being able to extort large amounts of cash easily.

Credit Cards:

Only upscale establishments (restaurants, hotels) will accept credit cards such as Visa, MasterCard, Diners, etc.

Climate

Climates are very diverse. It is cold in the highlands, temperate in the valleys and warm in the plains. It rains mainly from December to March. The rest of the year, the weather is nice and, in the highlands, the temperatures are more pleasant.

Average Temperatures (°C):

Destination J F M A M J J A S O N D
Santa Cruz 29 29 29 27 25 23 26 28 27 30 30 29
Sucre 20 19 20 20 21 20 19 21 20 21 21 21
Potosi 15 14 15 16 15 14 14 15 16 17 17 16
La Paz 13 14 13 14 14 13 13 14 14 15 15 15

Highlights

  • Santa Cruz

Is located at an altitude of 437 m in the eastern tropical region of Bolivia. The beautiful Jesuit missions house and interesting Baroque churches date back to the 17th century. The city center with its Spanish colonial style has retained its enchanting charm. Worth a visit: the museum of sacred art and the cultural center of CIDAC, a cooperative of the Guarayos, the Ozozogs and other tribes from the region.

  • Sucre

This museum city is the legal and administrative centre of Bolivia. During the Spanish colonization, the city was the cultural heart of Latin America. In 1624, the Franciscus Xaverius University was founded there, the second oldest university on the American continent. Discover and fully enjoy the beautiful architectural gems of this city.

  • Potosi

This colonial settlement, located 4,150 m above sea level, is the highest city in the world.  Make sure you visit to the Casa de la Moneda. In this building from 1522, coins were minted until 1869, the old molds of which you can still admire today. The city also has several beautiful churches and religious buildings that contain a stunning variety of local Christian art.

  • Uyuni

The "Salar" of Uyuni is with an area of 12,106 km the largest salt lake in Bolivia. It is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful landscapes of the Altiplano. The water of these lakes contains salt from the ocean which was captured during the geological rise, creating an immense salt lake. The drying up of this salt lake created, among other things, the Salar de Uyuni.

  • La Paz

An extraordinary city, suspended on the walls of a gigantic breach in the Andes Plateau, with a difference in level of 800 m. The city centre has an abundance of Indian markets where you can find handicrafts, woven fabrics and magical objects from the C’halla and Pachamama cults. The magical geological formations of the moon valley add character to this already dazzling capital.

  • Isla del Sol (Solar Island)

This island is located in the southern part of Lake Titicaca and is part of the territory of Bolivia. Archaeologists have discovered more than 80 ruins on this rocky island. Most of these date back to the Inca period (15th century). Yet traces have been found that indicate that the island has been inhabited for 3,000 years BC. According to the Inca religion, this island would have been the birthplace of their sun god.

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