Frequently asked questions:

Do I need vaccinations for Bolivia and if so, what are these?

Yes, you do need some vaccinations. We are not doctors and therefore we prefer not to advise you on this subject. It's best to contact and enquire with your local health service.

Should I take malaria tablets?
Only in the lowlands of Bolivia malaria incidences. If you want to take malaria tablets or bring them with you is something you have to take in consideration. If you arrive in Sa. Cruz and travel straight on to Samaipata, Sucre, Potosí, the Salar de Uyuni and La Paz this would only be relevant for your stay in the city of Sa. Cruz. In the other places malaria doesn't occur. Since we are no doctors we cannot give you a professional advice. We recommend you to contact your local health service.

Will I get troubles with the high altitude if I start my travel in La Paz?

That differs. You will most certainly gasp for air. It is advisable to start at a lower altitude if you come directly from a lower area as well. In Santa Cruz there is an international airport, we advise you to start there. In this way you can build up altitude gradual. Anyhow, it is sensible to take it steady at higher altitude and drink a lot, particularly water and (coca) tea. Coffee is less appropriate because of its fluid reducing and laxative effect and alcoholic consumptions are not recommendable either (at the start). In case you get an altitude problem it is advisable to descend to lower area and visit a doctor if necessary.

Should I avoid eating salads and fruit in Bolivia?

You cannot always prevent to get diarrhoea during your holidays in Bolivia, but you can attempt to prevent it. The standard of sanitary conditions at markets and in restaurants in Bolivia is often lower than you will be used to. Therefore it can be better not to eat salads, raw vegetables and peeled fruit. If you eat in better restaurants you will most likely not be faced with inconveniences. You can happily eat fruit that you peel yourself. The taste of fruit in Bolivia is mostly far better than back home!

I am a vegetarian. Can you consider that on the tours?

Yes, certainly. That is why we ask you to inform us whether you are a vegetarian so meals will be adapted. It is also advisable that you inform us about allergies for insect bites or food or any health problems that we should know of.

Is there dengue in Bolivia?

Yes, dengue occurs, just as malaria, only in the lowlands.

What clothes should I take with me?

That depends on the area you will be travelling through. If you will be making a round trip through Bolivia it will come in handy to wear various layers of clothes so you can put on or take off some if you please, e.g. a t-shirt, a blouse, a fleece and a (rain)coat. For the Salar de Uyuni, Potosí and La Paz you might consider bringing a hat and gloves along. Especially if you come to warmer areas as Sa. Cruz, Rurrenabaque, Coroico, Trinidad or the Jesuit Missions it´s nice to have cotton clothes. Also a swimsuit or bathing trunks can be very useful there.

What kind of weather can I expect?

That depends on the time of the year. The rainy season starts in November; now and then there will be scattered showers but not daily. The months with the most rainfall are usually January and February. Usually temperatures are nice and warm to hot during the day time, this has to do with the region you are travelling. At night it can cool off and get fresh or chilly. The coldest winter months are from June to August. If a southern wind sets in, a so-called ´sur´, it can be hazy or it can even drizzle or rain so it can be cold. In May to August it´s nice and warm during the day in the Salar de Uyuni but when the sun sets temperatures can drop to -25°C.

How cold is it in the Salar de Uyuni?

See the above-mentioned question and answer.

Are there sufficient blankets available on the tour through the Salar de Uyuni?

Yes, on the tours through the Salar de Uyuni that we organize you don´t need to worry about that. In the coldest period of the year you can consider to bring a sleeping bag along.

Can I withdraw money from the ATM everywhere in Bolivia?

No, that is only possible in the bigger cities. There you can mostly choose if you want to withdraw bolivianos or US dollars. In smaller places, on markets and in shops dollars will often not be accepted so it is important to have bolivianos on you. Traveller's Cheques are hardly used any more.

How is the safety state in Bolivia?

Bolivia is one of the most secure countries in South America. Obviously you should use common sense and be alert in bigger cities, like you would be in your home country. The less safe places are often bus stations. So pay attention to your luggage and wear your passport and money/credit cards on your body. Violent assaults luckily barely occur in Bolivia. It is wise to be watchful when you arrive at your destiny after a tiring journey. Moreover we recommend that you pick your own taxi instead of following the advice of anyone else e.g. a policeman and that you never share your taxi with other travellers unless you know them. Don´t withdraw money late at night and leave money and credit card(s) you don't need for the day with your passport in (the safe of) your hotel. Always make a note of what you leave behind to avoid misunderstandings.

Can I pay with dollars everywhere?

No, you cannot pay with dollars everywhere. Dollars can be useful for paying the airport tax for your international flight back home and you can probably use them to pay travel agents and to buy more expensive souvenirs and bigger purchases. But don´t rely on this!

Can I use my mobile phone in Bolivia?

That depends on your phone. If it´s a so-called tri-band it is likely that it will function in Bolivia. Making a phone call with your mobile phone is rather expensive though. You can find shops with telephone booths everywhere to make a phone call.

Can I buy a chip for my mobile phone in Bolivia?

Yes, that is possible in the bigger cities provided that you have the time for it. You have to take into account that your phone should be registered which can take up some time.

Is there Wi-Fi in Samaipata?

Yes, there is. But only in the better hotels and in some restaurants. Remind that the internet connection is slow in Samaipata.