Bolivia

SUMMARY

I had a great time in Bolivia. There is a lot to see and do in Bolivia, but be wary of the incredibly high altitudes. La Paz is a unique city situated at 12,000 feet.

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Country #26 - Bolivia

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Must see

La Paz - I loved walking through the city and seeing some amazing architecture, as well as the Witches' Market and the Church of San Francisco

Salt flats - this is on the top of my list of things I still want to see; I flew over them and it was incredible

Mi Teleferico - the cable car public transportation system in La Paz that can take you all over the city

CURRENCY

The official currency is the Bolivian boliviano. I withdrew Bolivian boliviano from an ATM. I was able to use credit cards at times but not USD.

Local TRANSPORTATION

Taxis are the most common form of transportation for tourists. I arranged one to and from the airport through my hotel. Uber is also an option, but it is very new so when I was there there were very few cars available. But it worked well when there were cars nearby. I was also able to walk a lot of the time and used the Mi Teleferico cable car system.

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international transportation

I flew Amaszonas from Cusco (CUZ) to La Paz (LPB). I flew LATAM from La Paz (LPB) to Santiago (SCL).

FOOD

The food that I had in Bolivia was great. There are many local restaurants all throughout La Paz.

PLUGS / ADAPTERS

Bolivia uses standard U.S. plugs as well as European type C plugs.

VISA REQUIREMENTS

U.S. Citizens require a tourist visa to enter Bolivia. The cost is $160 and the visa can be obtained on arrival. Check here to see what you need to have to obtain a visa.

SAFETY

I felt very safe in La Paz. Everyone was very friendly and helpful. I wouldn't walk alone at night, but I felt safe walking in the city during the day. Also, be sure to be careful with the altitude. It is really tough to deal with if you don't become acclimated over a few days.

SHOULD YOU VISIT?

Yes! Bolivia was great. Everyone was so kind and I cannot wait to visit again some day. The salt flats are at the top of my list to go back to. La Paz is great but will only take a day or two to see. Plan on exploring more of the country outside of La Paz when you visit.

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