With soaring cities and majestic geography, Bolivia is a quiet world that still manifests the ancient.

Entering into La Paz is considered one of the greatest experiences South America has to offer. The mountaintop city is well hidden until you cross over the ridge and into the huge volcanic bowl where the city splays out before you. Outside La Paz, ancient relics give a glimpse of Bolivia’s mysterious past and the disappearance of a whole civilization. But the fascinating history and culture of Bolivia belies the simplicity of its modern life.

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  • Australia: Not required
  • Belgium: Not required
  • Canada: Not required
  • Germany: Not required
  • Ireland: Not required
  • Netherlands: Not required
  • New Zealand: Not required
  • South Africa: Not required
  • Switzerland: Not required
  • United Kingdom: Not required
  • United States: Yes - in advance

For many of the world’s people, visas are not required. Special rules apply to US nationals who must apply for visas in advance. US nationals require a letter of invitation from a contact or travel agents, as well as proof of hotel reservations and payment of an additional fee. If this applies to you, contact your local embassy for more information.

Bolivians expect a small tip of loose change for services at hotels and restaurants. Although most restaurants have a 10% surcharge, wait staff still appreciate a few extra bolivianos. Tipping isn’t expected by taxi services.

Bolivia has internet access in its large cities like La Paz and Sucre, but it is harder to find in rural and remote areas.

Bolivia has good mobile coverage in major cities like La Paz and Sucre but coverage is not reliable in rural and remote areas. Be sure to activate global roaming with your provider if you wish to use your phone while traveling.

In Bolivia, you’ll find both western-style flush toilets as well as traditional squat toilets. Soap and toilet paper aren’t always provided so you may like to carry some with you

  • City bus fare = 1.50 BOB
  • Cup of coffee in a cafe = 10 BOB
  • Bottle or can of beer = 10 BOB
  • Simple lunch = 20-25 BOB
  • Dinner in a restaurant = 80 BOB

Bolivian tap water is not considered safe to drink. For environmental reasons, avoid buying bottled water and bring a bottle or canteen with you. Ask your leader where you can access filters to refill your supply, or carry your own purification tablets with you.

You can use your credit card when paying at big hotels, restaurants and tourist areas, however, you’ll require cash to buy from markets and small local businesses.

You can find ATMs in large cities but they are far less common and unreliable outside of these areas.

Yes. All peregrine passengers are required to purchase travel insurance prior to their trip. Your insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day.

For more information on insurance, please go to: http://www.peregrineadventures.com/how-we-can-help/our-services

For a current list of public holidays go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/bolivia/public-holidays