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Bolivia's atmosphere has a bit of everything. Culture and traditions. Originary cultures. Colonial architecture. History and customs. Volcanoes and salars. Amazon and Altiplano. Jungles and deserts. Titicaca Lake and Isla del Sol. Mines and carnival. Markets and food. Paceña and Singani beers. And, most importantly, many great people.

Tourism in BoliviaBolivia waits for you with its arms open. The country is an excellent destination for your holidays. You will love Bolivia.

Official name: Estado Plurinacional de Bolivia (Plurinational State of Bolivia)

Plurinational State

Bolivia becomes a Social Unitary State of Plurinational Communitarian Law, free, independent, sovereign, democratic, intercultural, decentralized and with some autonomous groups. Bolivia is based on the political pluralism, economic, legal, linguistic and cultural plurality, in an integration process within the Country.

What is the capital of Bolivia?

The republic's constitutional capital is the city of Sucre, where works the judicial branch, but the city of La Paz holds the government headquarters, with the executive and legislative branches.

Population:
In Bolivia live over 10 million people.

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Area:
Bolivia has over 1 million square kilometers, and it's ranked 27th in the list of countries with the largest size.

Inhabitants:
Bolivia's inhabitants are called “bolivianos” (Bolivians).

Languages

The official languages of the country are Castilian and all the languages native indigenous nations. Among these the most widespread are the Aymara, Quechua and Guarani. Other indigenous languages are: Araona, Baure, Besiro, Canichana, Cavineño, Cayubaba, Chacobo, Chiman, Ese Ejja, Guarasuawe, Guarayu, Itonama, Leco, Machajuyai-Kallawaya, Machineri, Maropa, Mojeño-Trinitarian, Mojeño-Ignatian, More, Mosetén, Movima, Pacawara, Puquina, Siriono, Tacana, Tapiete, Toromona, Uruchipaya, Weenhayek, Yaminawa, Yuki, Yuracare and Zamuco.

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Time

The official time is 4 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT-4)

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Currency

Boliviano (Bs 1 = 100 cents) + See currency / money exchange>>

National Holidays

New Year (1st. January), Carnival (in February), Good Friday (in April), Labor Day (1st. May), Corpus Christi (June 14); Patriotic Anniversary (August 6), All Saints Day (November 2), and Christmas Day (December 25).

Departmental Holidays

Oruro: February 10, Tarija: April 15, Chuquisaca: May 25, La Paz: July 16, Cochabamba: September 14; Santa Cruz: September 24; Pando: October 1; Potosi: 10 November; Beni: 18 November.

Business Hours

Private Sector: Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 12:30 pm and 2:30 to 6:30 pm.
Public Sector: Monday to Friday, 8 am to 4 pm.
Banking Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 12 pm and 2:30 to 6 pm.

Telephone calls

The international area code to call Bolivia is +591.

Bolivian Departments have the following codes: La Paz (2) - Cochabamba (4) - Santa Cruz (3) - Oruro (52) - Potosí (62) - Chuquisaca (64) - Tarija (66) - Beni (46) - Pando (842).

Voltage

The voltage is 220 and 110 volts in La Paz, and 220 in the rest of the country.

Source: Plurinational State of Bolivia Government

Health Tips

If you´re traveling to La Paz (at 3600 meters over the sea level) or other city of the Altiplano should treat height with respect, especially if you fly from destinations at the sea level. Although it's rare to have serious health problems, it's advisable to rest for at least one day, eat light and drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration from the dry atmosphere in the city of La Paz once you get there.

You should avoid any physical exertion, especially upon your arrival. If you suffer from heart problems or have chest pain you should consult your doctor before traveling to La Paz. Coca tea is good to avoid altitude sickness, and you can also buy melanin pills in pharmacies for prevention.

We also recommend you to only consume bottled mineral water and not to drink tap water. Also, try to avoid salads and uncooked vegetables, especially those  like the foods that are sold on the street or market stalls.

Hepatitis, paratyphoid and diarrhea are very common sickness.

Vaccines to Bolivia travel

The yellow fever vaccine is mandatory to entry into Bolivia. The border authorities will request your vaccination certificate.
You should also update hepatitis, typhoid, tetanus and polio vaccines. If you plan to go to tropical areas in the country, we recommend you to bring anti-malaria tablets. Mosquito nets and repellents are also a good idea to help prevent many tropical diseases.
In Bolivia there are special vaccination centers. Shots for residents are free, while foreigners are required to purchase a card.

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Links of Interest for Bolivia:

Bolivian Information Agency: http://abi.bo
Newspaper “Los Tiempos”: http://www.lostiempos.com/
Newspaper “Cambio”: http://www.cambio.bo/
Newspaper “La Razón”: http://www.la-razon.com/

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