BOLIVIA FACT SHEET

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Bolivia is situated at the heart of South America.

between 57° 26' and 69° 38' of western longitude from the Greenwich meridian, and parallels 9° 38' and 22° 53' of southern latitude, taking in more than 13 geographical degrees. It borders Brazil to the north and northeast, Peru to the northeast, Paraguay to the southeast, Argentina to the south and Chile to the west and southwest.

Among a crumbling colonial legacy, Bolivia is striving to secure a more prosperous future while holding on the clothing, music, religions and even languages that are firmly rooted in the majority of its people whose ancestors pre-date the Spanish conquistadors.

Its land-locked isolation has helped preserve much of Bolivia’s ancient beliefs and traditions that give visitors a vibrant sense of how a world long-forgotten elsewhere can exist side-by-side with the modern urban landscape of business suits and wireless internet connections.

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The high-altitude capital, La Paz  

is an extraordinary place of bustle and colour, providing a fascinating gateway to the country. Street vendors ply their trade at every corner and most women still wear traditional dress and ubiquitous bowler hats.

While Bolivia remains largely under the radar for most travellers, outside the main cities accommodation can be basic and infrastructure poor with little English spoken compared to more globalised economies.  Its isolated location and challenging geography can make Bolivia expensive to reach, but, once there, your money will go further, with incredible meals and vibrant nights out available at a fraction of their cost back home.

The election of leftist president Evo Morales in 2005 has given the indigenous majority its first ever leader, and, more importantly, a stable government for a country that had spent the previous century changing its leaders almost with the seasons.

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Area

1,098,581 km2 N· 27 - the world’s 27th largest

Constitutional Capital

Sucre is the constitutional capital
La Paz is the Seat of Governement

Inhabitants

Just over 10 million

Currency

Boliviano
American Dollars are well recieved

Exchange

1 American Dollar = 6.90 Bs.- Bolivia is the best bargain in South America.; you can be able to buy a Coke OF 500ml for 80 dollar cents.

Electricity

220 V / 50 cycles
100 V available in some places
Socket types: Type A - 2 pins vertical (american)

Office hours

Weekdays: Shops: 10:00 to 12:30 and 15:00 to 19:00, Banks: 08:30 to 11:30 and 14:00 to 17:00. Government offices: 08:30 to 16:30

Holidays

New year (Jan 1st), Carnival (Monday and Tuesday before Ash Wednesday), Labor Day (May 1st), Corpus Christi, La Paz holiday (July 16th), Independence Day (August 6th), All Saints Day (November 2nd) and Christmas (Dec 25th).

Official Time

GMT - 4 hours

Official Languages

Official: Spanish 
Natives: Quechua, Aymara, Guaraní

Religion

Freedom of religion

Government

Democratic

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  • Geographical Elevations

    The highest point is 6542, (Sajama) and the lowest 30 m (an elevation in Beni)

  • Climate

    The Bolivian territory has a variety of climates that differ according to geographical region. On the plains it is hot and humid, with average temperatures of 25° C (77° F) and heights that vary between 200 and 400 m/above sea level in the valleys, temperate and dry, with average temperatures of 15C° (50° F) and altitude ranging from 1,000 to 3,000 metres above sea level. The Altiplano has an average temperatures of 10° C (40° F) and an average altitude of 3,500 m above sea level. Its biodiversity means that 65% of the territory consists of plains, 15% valleys and 20% Altiplano.

  • Political Division

    The country is divided into 9 departments (Beni, Cochabamba, Chuquisaca, La Paz, Oruro, Pando, Potosí, Tarija and Santa Cruz.

  • Places declared Patrimony by UNESCO

    CULTURAL PATRIMONY (UNESCO)
    • Potosí (Cultural 11/12/1987)
    • Jesuit Missions of Chiquitos (Cultural 12/12/1990)
    • Sucre, Historic City (Cultural 13/12/1991)
    • Samaipata (Cultural 5/12/1998)
    • Tiwanaku (Cultural 30/12/1987)

    NATURAL PATRIMONY (UNESCO) 
    • Noel Kempff Mercado National Park

    MASTERPIECES OF THE ORAL AND INTANGIBLE HERITAGE OF HUMANITY
    • The Oruro carnival
    • The Andean world-view of the Kallawayas

SAFETY

Looking after the safety of our clients all the equipment used in activities of adventure tourism is of high quality and is renewed periodically. Tourist guides in all modalities are experts in their area and have ample experience in first aid. On all journeys we are fully-equipped with a first-aid kit.

Bolivia is one of the safest Latin American countries. However as in any place there are risks; for that reason it is important for all visitors to guarantee their safety by following the instructions given by the guide and the staff that accompany them on the journeys. 

Environmental awareness

The minimization of environmental impacts is also
one of our tasks. For this reason we recommend adoption of waste management as established by the guide and in accordance with the ecosystem that you visit.

Seasons

Bolivia is divided into two main cycles; dry season and rainy season. The dry season takes in the months from March to November and the rainy season from December to March. 

Opportunities

Bolivia is not an expensive country, and there are excellent opportunities to purchase gemstones, gold, silver, baby alpaca, crafts and certified ecological products.

Culinary

Bolivia, a territory extremely diverse in geographical spaces and cultures, offers a gastronomic diversity that ranges from the trout in Lake Titicaca and quinua in Uyuni to the most exquisite beef in the department of Beni.

The journey to the Uyuni salt plains and desert

The salt lake region is an adventure experience, crossing Bolivia’s southern desert demands effort, at points, due to it high altitude and the intensity of the sun. We recommend visiting your GP if high altitude can be an issue.  To avoid altitude sickness: we recommend to avoid exercise on the first day and wait until your body is acclimatised, eat light (digestion at altitude is very slow), drink loads of liquid and try not to smoke or drink alcohol.

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The salt plains are very cold, windy and with high solar radiation. The day is usually sunny and the temperature is pleasant during the day but temperatures drop in the evenings. We recommend you bring:
• A warm sweater
• Thick jacket
• Wool gloves
• Wool socks
• Wool hat
• Sun cap
• Walking Shoes
• Very dark sun glasses with UV filter
• Flashlight

EMERGENCY CONTACT AND SERVICE ASSITANCE

In Bolivia we offer you a 24/7 phone/whatsapp number: +591 70176589. Your trip coordinator will be available all the time to answer your requirements; we also provide a telephone for the passengers with access to Internet when its possible, please let us know if you require a telephone.

TRIP COORDINATOR

Once you arrive to the country your trip coordinator Javier Villamil will receive you in the Airport with the tour guide to do a briefing of the program and the day by day of the services, Javier is the right person to ask in case you need or request anything in relation to the services.