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Bolivia

BOLIVIA TOURS

Situated between the towering peaks of the Andes Mountain range and the dense steaming jungle of the Amazon rainforest, Bolivia promises travellers the perfect mix of adventure, culture and warm hospitality. Starting in the altitude busting capital of La Paz, visitors to this South American country will experience panoramic views almost every day as they journey through the lush valleys to the vast and improbable Salt Flats, home to ancient volcanoes and tranquil lagoons before exploring the tropical rainforests full of Bolivia's rich and varied wildlife.

Discover the beauty of South America on our special two week Bolivia tour as we explore the capital La Paz before jumping into 4WD vehicles to tour the historic towns and abandoned mines of the dramatic Salt Flats. You'll learn about the history of the country as we visit the site of Bolivia's declaration of independence in beautiful Sucre and journey through the rainforest in search of anacondas, alligators and other incredible wildlife on this trip of a lifetime. We also offer tours that finish in La Paz after starting off in Peru.

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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.

Bolivia Country Guide

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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
Governemnt: 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

  • Samaipata – a small town by the Bolivian Andes and the gateway to the Amboró National Park.
  • Sucre – the constitutional capital of Bolivia, located in a valley with a collection of whitewashed buildings.
  • Potosí – a city in the Southern Highlands with a long mining history and elaborate 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.

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.

Small Group Bolivia TOURS

TAILOR-MADE Bolivia TOURS

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Our tailor-made tours seek to create a personalised experience – one that is completely exclusive to you. By taking all your interests and requests into consideration, we design an itinerary that ticks off your specific boxes. If you are after adventurous exploration, cultural immersion, a relaxing escape or a balanced blend of everything, we can make it happen.

A highlight of our tailor-made tours is that the itinerary is flexible and incorporates plenty of free time – so you can do some exploring on your own. Our local, friendly guides, experts in their country’s history and culture, will be happy to adjust the activities or your schedule as you travel.

If you are a group of friends, a large family or a company, our tailor-made tours are an ideal, stress-free option. You can even select your own hotels or make use of our recommended accommodation. We have a varied selection of sample holiday itineraries to choose from, either as they stand or as a base for inspiration.

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There was a lot of communication from the beginning. The encounters staff was very responsive and the tour guide was great and very accommodating. Encounters was also able to help me with last minute changes to my itinerary while I was on the trip.

This is our first travel through Encounters Travel and so far the arrangement is working very well. Our travel is not until April 2017 so I am more than hopeful all will continue to run as smoothly as it has so far.

Everything about the trip was thought through, fine-tuned , and marvelous. From Ant Horribin helping us arrange the trip, to rep Waled Ali, and our guide Big Mo, we could not have asked for a better team. Our sincere thanks to them.

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Bolivia Country Guide

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Factfile


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
Governemnt: 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

  • Samaipata – a small town by the Bolivian Andes and the gateway to the Amboró National Park.
  • Sucre – the constitutional capital of Bolivia, located in a valley with a collection of whitewashed buildings.
  • Potosí – a city in the Southern Highlands with a long mining history and elaborate 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.

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.