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Adventure Life's Bolivia Tours give you rich insight into some of South America's most authentic cultures and extreme landscapes. Consider the classic tour of La Paz, Sucre, Potosi, and Uyuni or visit the annual festival in Oruro filled with costumes, dancing and ancient traditions. Our Jesuit Missions of Bolivia tour offers another glimpse at Bolivia's rich past. Most tours of Bolivia begin in La Paz, high in the Altiplano. Nearby are the ancient ruins of Tihuanaco and Lake Titicaca where you can visit Copacabana and La Isla del Sol. Mountain bike down the "World's most dangerous road". Keep venturing to the east, and you end up in Madidi National Park, one of the most biodiverse areas of the Amazon rainforest. Adventure Life's Bolivia experts are here to help you plan the perfect trip, just contact us.

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Cordillera Real Trekking$13509UltimateEnjoy a remote 5-day Bolivia trekking adventure on this expedition in the Cordillera Real, in the majestic Andes Mountains. This trek features remarkable views of glacier-clad peaks and high altitude lakes. You'll visit La Paz, Moon Valley, and the Tihuanaco ruins as well. Enjoy camping, horseback riding, and market visits too!
Tuni Condoriri Hike$1601ChallengingThis high altitude hike will take you past several beautfiul mountain lagoons before revealing a breathtaking view of Tuni Condoriri, so named for its condor head shape.
Mountain Bike to Coroico$1251ChallengingTake a downhill ride into the village of Coroico enjoying the incredible views of the semitropical Yungas Valley.
Choro Trek$6503ChallengingExtend your trip in Bolivia with the country's most popular trek. The Choro Trek links the high plateau of the Andes with the subtropical lowlands. Hike through a landscape of glaciers and pristine waterfalls on ancient cobbled stone trails built before the Incas.

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Salar de Uyuni is an otherworldly experience that takes you to expansive salt flats with multi-colored lakes and glassy reflection pools that seem to stretch to infinty and beyond. 

La Paz, Sucre, and Potosi are historical, traditional Andean cities that buzz with markets where colorful bowler hat-donned indigenous ladies haggle for the day's purchases.

The Cordillea Real is one of the world's most picturesque treks through glaciated Andean peaks and remote villages. This is a challenging, yet rewarding glimpse into a Bolivia that few outsiders experience. 

Madidi National Park, in the Bolivian Amazon has some of the world's most remote and unstudied rainforests. Chalalan lodge, managed by the local Quechua indigenous community, is your ticket to understanding the ecosystems and cultures of the Amazon. 

Lake Titicaca is dotted with quaint islands and isolated indigenous villages that weave beautiful woolen wares from the sheep that graze the hillsides. Glide across the lake with the massive snow-covered Andes as a stunning background.
Getting to Bolivia & Transportation

Most travelers fly into Boliva to El Alto International Airport (LPB) just outside of La Paz. Some travelers may come overland crossing Lake Titicaca from Puno, Peru. Major attractions like the World's Most Dangerous Road, Tihuanaco and Copacabana and La Isla del Sol near Lake Titicaca are reached by car, van or bus, while more distant destinations are reached by plane.

The primary regional airports in Bolivia that get you close to the highlights in the Amazon and Andes are:
  • Sucre International Airport: Located in the southern half of the country, closest to the Salar de Uyuni. 
  • Viru Viru International Airport: This is in the eastern Santa Cruz province and is the largest airport in Bolivia.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a visa to travel to Bolivia?
While most countries do not require a visa to visit Bolivia, you will need a visa in advance if you are travelling from the United States. Start this process as soon as you decide on your dates, up to six months in advance. The following countries do not require visas: United Kingdom, Switzerland, South Africa, New Zealand, Netherlands, Ireland, Germany, Canada, Belgium, and Australia.

Is tipping customary in Bolivia?
Not mandatory, but always a nice gesture. There is usually a 10% service charge on restaurant bills, and you can leave any spare change additionally as well. For your guide, you can tip up from $2-$10/day, and private drivers appreciate $1-3. Taxi drivers do not expect tips.

Do I need power adapters?
It varies, so make sure to ask us and we’ll find out based on where you’re going. Most of Bolivia is on 220-volt, 50 cycle electricity, which requires a voltage converter for 110-volt, however La Paz and several other areas do use 110-volt. It’s best to confirm with the hotel upon arrival. Plugs are generally all either 2-prong round or flat, so it’s good to have an adapter just in case.

What is the internet access like in Bolivia?
You will most likely have internet access from your hotel, and in major cities like La Paz, there are cyber cafes where you can connect for as little as one cent per minute. Since many of our itineraries are active tours and treks through the Bolivian back country, it is possible that you will be disconnected for several days while you are in the mountains or the Altiplano.

Can I use my cell phone while in Bolivia?
The best way to use your cell phone in Bolivia is exchanging your SIM chip for a pre-paid card from a local carrier, like Entel, Viva, Boliviatel, Cotel, or Tigo. To do this, you must have a GSM phone that is either unlocked or has a roaming option on your plan. This is much more affordable than paying the roaming fees from your carrier. However, note that in some of the more isolated parts of the country, especially on the Altiplano, in the Salar de Uyuni, or in the Andes, it can be impossible to get a signal.

What are the toilets like in Bolivia?
Depending on where you are, you will find both flushing and squat toilets. In the nicer hotels and restaurants, there are flushing toilets. Itineraries that visit the more remote corners of Bolivia and the rural back country will likely have access to only the squat toilets. Always make sure to have toilet paper and hand sanitizer, as you can’t really count on any given place to have these available.
 
What will it cost for a …?
Bus fare: $0.25
Cup of coffee: $1.50
Beer: $1.50
Simple lunch: $4.00
Dinner in a decent restaurant: $12.00

Can I drink the water in Bolivia?
You should not drink the tap water in Bolivia, however we make sure that there is always safe bottled water available for you. You can use the tap water to shower, wash your hands, and wash dishes with a strong antibacterial soap as long as you let them dry completely before using. We do recommend against brushing your teeth with the tap water.

Are credit cards accepted in Bolivia?
Credit cards are accepted by higher end businesses like hotels, restaurants, and tourist establishments, however you will likely have to pay cash with smaller vendors, market stalls, and local diners and restaurants.

What is ATM access like in Bolivia?
Like in most of South America, the major cities and tourist areas have plenty of ATMs, but the rural villages and small towns usually don’t. Make sure to withdraw enough cash to last from your stop in one major city to the next, however long that is according to your itinerary.
Do I need to purchase travel insurance before heading to Bolivia?
You definitely should! We highly recommend buying travel insurance before heading out on your vacation, and we work with TravelGuard Insurance company to provide you with the best deals. They offer fair prices for comprehensive insurance packages. Our Once You’re Booked page has more info.
 
Bolivia's Public Holidays in 2017 
January 1:                New Year’s Day
January 2:                New Year’s recognized
January 22-23:         Plurinational State Day
February 27-28:       Carnival
March 14-16:            Holy Week
May 1:                       Labor Day
June 15:                    Feast of Corpus Christi
June 21:                    Winter Solstice (Aymara New Year)
August 6-7:                Independence Day
November 2:              All Saints Day
December 25:            Christmas Day
 

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