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Bolivia Tours

Are you looking for a unique South American travel experience? Then our Bolivia tours are perfect for you.

Our Bolivia tours provide a perfect introduction to this charmingly authentic country, which offers a true travelling adventure to those yearning to get well off the beaten tourist track.

Situated between the towering peaks of the Andes Mountain range and the dense steaming jungle of the Amazon rain-forest, a Bolivia tour with Encounters Travel promises the perfect mix of adventure, culture and warm hospitality.

Starting in the bustling capital of La Paz, travellers who dare take on this breath-taking South American country will experience endless panoramic views almost every day.

On one of our Bolivia tours, you can expect to journey through the lush valleys to the vast and improbable Salt Flats; home to ancient volcanoes and tranquil lagoons before exploring the tropical rain-forests full of Bolivia's rich and varied wildlife.

Discover the beauty of South America on a two-week adventure, where you'll explore the capital La Paz before jumping into four-wheel-drive vehicles to tour the historic towns and abandoned mines of the dramatic Salt Flats.

Learn about the country's rich history all while visiting the site of Bolivia's declaration of independence in beautiful Sucre and touring through the rain-forest in search of anacondas, alligators and other incredible wildlife.

We also offer Bolivia tours that finish in La Paz after starting off in Peru, contact us for more information about this or if you're considering a tailor-made tour.

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2 Tours | From $2745 p/p

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21 Days

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Min: 2 | Max: 18

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Wildlife of the Ballestas Islands, Nazca Lines, condors of Colca Canyon, Inca ruins at Machu Picchu, colonial Cuzco, waters of Lake Titic...


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15 Days

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Bolivia

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Small Group

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Min: 2 | Max: 18

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B- 14, L - 7, D - 5

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Bright & bustling La Paz, Uyuni & the world's largest salt flats, the churches of Potosi, colonial city of Sucre, flora and fauna of Madi...


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$2745(p/p)

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Is it safe to visit Bolivia?

In comparison to other South American countries, Bolivia is a safe country to visit. It is important to be streetwise, keep an eye on your valuables and avoid certain areas at night.

What is the official currency of Bolivia?

The currency used in Bolivia is the Bolivian boliviano, which is divided into 100 centavos.

When is the best time of the year to visit Bolivia?

May to October is the best time of the year to visit Bolivia, as the weather is mostly sunny with cooler temperatures in the Altiplano. The reliable weather means that the conditions are better for trekking and mountain biking.

Should you tip in Bolivia?

A service charge is normally added to restaurants and bills, but it is customary to add a 5-10% tip. Hotel porters also expect a tip. Taxi drivers are not usually tipped unless they are hired for a full day.

Can you drink the tap water in Bolivia?

The tap water in some cities and towns is chlorinated, but it is best to drink bottled water during your trip.

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Encounters Travel did such a superb job in organizing this tour. I had never heard of them before going on the Maldives Magic tour, however now I will recommend them to friends/family and use them for my future planned trips.
Our tour is what made the trip that much more memorable. Rather than being plopped at a westernized resort, we were able to get a taste of how the locals live, eat and entertain themselves. We stayed in quaint guesthouses on the islands amongst the locals, ate authentic Maldivian cuisine (one day even with a Maldivian family who made us breakfast), and viewed a traditional dance/singing performance which was absolutely delightful. This was a trip of a lifetime that I will never forget.

I had an amazing time on the trip. Everything was incredibly well organized and planned out to a tee. Our tour guide, Big Mo, was amazing and super knowledgeable. I couldn't have imagined a better trip to Egypt!
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The trip was excellent and very well run, we have no complaints it was exactly as we expected.The guide was knowledgable and courteous, it ran on time and accommodation was fine.We have no complaints and have now booked again to go to India.
The trip was as above and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, all destinations were as expected and lived up to our expectations.We went with the idea of visiting Turkey and especially Gallipoli which achieved our goals.The historical part of thetrip was very well done and memmorable.

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I always wanted to go to Morocco and I finally got to go last September. I'm glad I chose this tour group. They were professional and attentive. Good times!

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Time: GMT+4
Dial Code: +591
Area: 1,099 million km2
Elevation: The lowest point in Bolivia is Rio Paraguay at 90m (295 ft.) | The highest point in Bolivia is Nevado Sajama 6,542m (21,463 ft.)
Population: 11,215,674 (2018)
Capital: Sucre
Government: Republic, Presidential system, Unitary state
Language: Spanish

Bolivia, officially the Plurinational State of Bolivia, is a landlocked country situated in west-central South America. Sucre is the capital of Bolivia and the seat of government is in La Paz. Santa Cruz de la Sierra is the largest city in the country and the principal economic and financial centre.

The country's sovereign state is a constitutionally unitary state, separated into nine departments. The geography of Bolivia differs from the peaks of the Andes in the west to the Eastern Lowlands, found in the Amazon basin.

Brazil borders Bolivia to the north and east, Paraguay to the southeast, Argentina to the south, Chile to the southwest, and Peru to the northwest. The Andean mountain region takes up one-third of the country. Bolivia is the fifth largest country in South America and the 28th largest in the world.

The population of the country is multiethnic; including Africans, Asians, Europeans, and Amerindians. The official and predominant language in Bolivia is Spanish, although 36 indigenous languages also have official status. The languages of Guarani, Qechua and Aymara are also commonly spoken.

The main economic activities in Bolivia include forestry, fishing, mining and manufacturing refined petroleum, textiles and clothing. It is also a developing country, with a medium ranking in Human Development.

There is a high level of biodiversity, as well as a collection of ecoregions. The different regions vary in altitude, and the country can be divided into the Andean Region, the Sub-Andean Region and the Llanos Region. The country also has three drainage basins, including the Amazon basin, Rio de la Plata basin and the Central basin.

Highlights

  • Sucre - the constitutional capital of Bolivia, located in a valley with a collection of whitewashed buildings.
  • Tarija - a city and the country's premier grape growing region in southeastern Bolivia.
  • Tupiza - this town in Southern Bolivia is in a desert landscape with red rock formations.
  • La Paz - the highest administrative capital in the world at the base of the Andes’ Altiplano Plateau.
  • Tiwanaku - a pre-Columbian archaeological site near Lake Titicaca, and one of the largest sites.
  • El Fuerte - a UNESCO World Heritage Site and pre-Inca site on a hilltop, outside Samaipata.
  • Samaipata - a small town by the Bolivian Andes and the gateway to the Amboro National Park.
  • Potosi - a city in the Southern Highlands with a long mining history and elaborate buildings.

Tips

  • Give yourself plenty of time to acclimatise to the altitude and take it easy.
  • Learn some basic phrases of Spanish to interact with the locals.
  • Be respectful of the local people and don't take photographs without permission.
  • Bring practical, comfortable clothing for the unreliable weather and sturdy shoes for hiking.
  • It is a good idea to carry toilet paper and hand sanitiser with you.
  • Beware of scams; especially the scam artists who pose as policemen
  • There is a risk of malaria in certain areas, so consult with your doctor before.
  • Haggling is expected in most markets and most items can be bargained.
  • Beware of scams; especially the scam artists who pose as policemen.

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