TravelerCosmo to Bolivia

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To enter the territory of the Bolivian highlands, travelers from countries belonging to the Mercosur such as Chile, Colombia, Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, Peru, Uruguay, and Paraguay, only need to present their identity card or passport. While other nationalities must process the tourist visa to enter Bolivia among them are the countries belonging to the European Union, Australia, Costa Rica, Canada, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Panama, Japan, Turkey, and the Vatican. The visa will have a maximum period of validity of 30 days and can be extended in the offices of migrations with a maximum of 90 days. Thus, countries that do not form part of the Andean Community or Mercosur, Associated States, must present the travel itinerary and the round trip tickets.



Traveler's health

Travel Insurance

Bolivia has public hospitals and clinics that have greatly improved patient care. Modern machinery has been increased in its facilities and thus improving the attention in health services. However, it is advisable to take out travel insurance with the necessary coverages to enjoy your vacation without worrying about anything. There are many types of insurance from travel insurance, luggage, accidents and cancellation of the trip.

In this type of service, the insurance makes a refund for the expenses incurred during the trip. And if hiring the traveler assistance service is the one who takes care of all costs if coverage is needed, and assistance 24 hours a day. The advantage of this service is that it can be contracted for certain days, weeks or a year.

Vaccines for the Traveler

To enter the Peruvian territory, a specific or mandatory vaccine is not requested. However, it is advisable to get the chickenpox vaccine, in case the traveler has not received this vaccine as a child and also the Hepatitis A vaccine. In addition, only the yellow fever vaccine certificate is required as it is considered a risk for the child. visitor in certain areas such as Chuquisaca, La Paz, Cochabamba, Santa Cruz, and Beni.

Info Bolivia

Geography and Climate Bolivia

Bolivia is in the center of South America and it covers an area of 1 098581 km2, it is located between the Andes mountain ranges, the Amazon Basin and the Silver Basin. It is divided into three regions: The Andean region covers 28% of the territory and includes the Collao Plateau and the Andes Mountain Range. This region has a cold and dry climate throughout the year, this is where the mountains of Illimani, Illampu, Sajama and others are located. In this region are the cities of La Paz, Potosí, Oruro and Cochabamba. The Subandina region, covering 13% of the territory is extended by the Valleys and Los Yungas. These areas are prioritized by abundant vegetation and covered by valleys. The region of the Llanos, this region covers 29% of the territory includes sub-regions of Gran Chaco and Platense. It is characterized by its altitudes less than 2,000 masl, it presents irregular reliefs with alluvial lands where sedimentary material was found from the rivers and some parts with funds from ancient lakes or seas. It is in this region where we will locate the Great Salt Flat of Uyuni. As for its climate it is very varied due to the differences in the high and low parts that go from the tropics through the Amazon and temperate, cold and dry in the heights. The rainy season from November to March and the dry season from March to October.

Land Transport

Bolivia has land transport by road and rail. The rail network is divided into two networks, the eastern one that connects with Argentina and Brazil and the western network that connects with Argentina and Chile. In terms of road transport, there are many companies that make trips to different cities and tourist destinations in particular. Likewise, it has the Panamericana highway that crosses the high plateau that connects with some bordering countries. The central axis are the cities of La Paz, Cochabamba and Santa Cruz and other cities that are connected by paved roads.

There are different companies that provide tourist services and allows the traveler to reach their destination in a comfortable, safe and quiet way. There are companies of greater confidence and prestige in the field of travel to provincial destinations. Some that have Wi-Fi service on board, power, comfortable seats called vip and Vip Relax and two drivers on board for your safety. If you decide to travel by these means you can take advantage of the view of different landscapes on the route.

Air Transport

In Bolivia, there are several domestic and foreign airlines that offer domestic flights to travel within the country and international flights. Among the national airlines are Boa, Aéreo military, Amaszonas, and foreign airlines American Airlines, Latam, Copa Air, Gol Airlines among others. We know that traveling by plane is a recommended option since you can save time to visit more places. Everything will depend on the time and budget available to the traveler, in some airlines you can find discounts or comfortable prices for destinations within the country. Among the most popular destinations are the cities of Potosí, Santa Cruz, Cochabamba, Oruro, Sucre and La Paz most visited by the great Salar de Uyuni.

Type of Currency

The official currency of Bolivia is Bolivian (Bs) there are different bills of 10, 20, 50 and 100 bolivianos. And between the currencies exist 1, 2 and 5 Bolivian coins. As for American dollars are accepted in certain establishments of hotels and restaurants, it is advisable that travelers carry with them the local currency. You can change the dollars in banks, authorized places in airports, exchange houses or at the border. There is also the possibility of finding ATMs in the center of cities for the use of credit and debit cards and most of them are connected to the Visa, MasterCard, American Express and other networks. You can also access the changes at these ATMs but the change is usually higher charge $ 5 per transaction and is not recommended. Know that most businesses do not work with cards.

What to visit in Bolivia?

The highland country Bolivia has a diverse culture in terms of history and traditions. In addition, to find incredible places like the Great Salar de Uyuni, the Andean Cosmo vision with enough reasons to want to visit this country of diverse communities and cultures.

  1. The City of Potosí. - City considered as the home of the largest silver mine here we can appreciate the colonial and baroque luxury buildings such as the Casa de la Moneda, Church of San Lorenzo and the districts of the mitayos that worked in the silver mines. This city was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, for the beauty of its narrow streets, churches, colonial neighborhoods, palaces, and mansions.
  2. Madidi National Park. - With its 1,895,740 hectares, this place preserves the Amazon with its variety of landscapes full of vegetation and fauna, mountains, canyons, cloud forests and bushes that make an impressive place to visit. It also stands out for its great biodiversity of flora and fauna since it has registered more than 1000 species of birds, 300 mammals, 6000 types of plants and 200 reptiles.
  3. The Great Salt of Uyuni. - It is a gigantic salt desert plain considered the largest salt flat in the world, an incredible natural wonder with an extension of 12,000 km2. In the months of January to March, you will appreciate the expression of the largest mirror in the world. Which manages to reflect the sky with its different landscape perspectives and the landscapes created by the clouds in the sky. In addition, within this Great Salar de Uyuni you will also find the island Incahuasi or also known as the "Isla del Pescado" from here you can appreciate the entire Salar and you can also enjoy a walk hidden within hundreds of cacti that can reach more 10 meters high.
  4. Eduardo Avaroa National Reserve of Andean Fauna. - Another surprising place to visit is the Eduardo Avaroa Reserve is protected and is the most visited in Bolivia along with the Great Salt Flat of Uyuni. This is where erupting volcanoes, geysers, red lagoons, hot springs, and deserts hide. Among the places that stand out most within the reserve is La Laguna Verde with views of the Licancabur volcano with beautiful emerald green tones. To get here from Atacama- Chile or from La Paz-Bolivia. Its fauna, we can find flamingos, vicuñas, vizcachas, foxes and various species of birds. Here you can also appreciate, the stone tree, Salvador Dalí desert, the Polques, Hot Springs among other incredible places that will be a unique experience to visit them.
  5. Lake Titicaca. - Also known as the Andean Sea of ​​Perú and Bolivia and the highest navigable lake in the world. It has an extension of 8,300 square kilometers and is 3,812 masl. From here you can also appreciate the landscapes of the Andes Mountains between the border of Perú and Bolivia. The biggest attraction of the lake is the floating and natural islands that it has along with its Aymara inhabitants and their diverse customs along the lake. Among them, you can reach the Isla del Sol where you can see some enclosures and Inca structures. Copacabana hosts the shrine of the Virgin of Copacabana, which was carved by the indigenous Tito Yupanqui, it is every 4th of August that thousands of pilgrim worshipers come to her for reasons of faith. The Island of the Moon, also has Inca sites here you will enjoy a pleasant walk and beautiful landscapes from every point that arrives.
  6. Sucre - Chuquisaca. - This beautiful colonial city is now declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, it is also the constitutional capital of the Plurinational State of Bolivia. This place shows narrow paved streets, together with their churches and their typical white houses covered with clay tiles. Here you can visit beautiful places such as the metropolitan cathedral of Sucre, El Mirador la Recoleta, El Bosque Simón Bolívar and Plaza 25 de Mayo in the center of the city. Thus, this place summarizes the history of what was colonial Bolivia from more remote origins. Enjoy also a pleasant climate throughout the year.
  7. Sucre - Chuquisaca. - This beautiful colonial city is now declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, it is also the constitutional capital of the Plurinational State of Bolivia. This place shows narrow paved streets, together with their churches and their typical white houses covered with clay tiles. Here you can visit beautiful places such as the metropolitan cathedral of Sucre, El Mirador la Recoleta, El Bosque Simón Bolívar and Plaza 25 de Mayo in the center of the city. Thus, this place summarizes the history of what was colonial Bolivia from more remote origins. Enjoy also a pleasant climate throughout the year.
  8. Fort of Samaipata. - Located 120 km from the city of Santa Cruz and a few kilometers from the town of Samaipata. This place corresponds to an archaeological site with ruins of what was the religious culture of Chené. It houses a huge sculpted rock 250 meters long and 60 meters wide. It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. This place also shows beautiful panoramic views of the surrounding mountains.

Recommendation to Bolivia

  1. Altitude sickness is one of the most frequent complaints by travelers is better to take pills against the soroche or their personal medications.
  2. It is important to keep the migration card until the time of departure from Bolivia if you lose it will delay your departure and charges of 20 Bs will be applied for the days exceeded.
  3. It is better to change the money to Bolivians since there are few establishments that receive credit or debit cards.
  4. If you travel as a backpacker or independent traveler, the average cost of the meal is 49 Bs or $ 9.
  5. The average cost of the night in the hostel with 55 Bs or $ 10.
  6. The most representative sites to visit are the Salar de Uyuni, lagoons of colors, the island of the sun and the moon, Lake Titicaca and Copacabana.
  7. The country of Bolivia does not have an excellent infrastructure in terms of tourist services it is better to know these details before arriving.
  8. If going out at night, it is recommended to walk in a group.
  9. If you are visiting the Salar de Uyuni and want to see the world's largest mirror reflected, the recommended months will be from January to March. The other months the Salar is dry, but it is also recommended.
  10. At airports use coins instead of tickets since taxi drivers will not change.
  11. The price of the taxi in the center of the city will cost between 15 and 25 Bs. It is better if you ask at reception for approximate taxi costs to get around.
  12. Carry a backpack where it is easy to store your personal items and can take it everywhere.
  13. It is better to get vaccinated against yellow fever and malaria before going to the Amazon Rainforest of Bolivia.
  14. Take with you a poncho for the rains, warm clothes to avoid the cold especially at night since the temperatures go down.
  15. Take sunscreen, sunglasses, cameras and if you travel to the jungle repellent for mosquitoes.

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