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J Join us to experience Potosi a centuries-old city which is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. With its size, is the highest located city in the world and is definitely worth seeing. Potosi offers good market places for shopping. From Potosi you can travel to the world's highest salt lake, Salar de Uyuni, see the wildlife of the Pantanal and the hike in the Cordillera de Los Andes. You may be attracted by the living history that stretches back to the Incas, with crafts and traditions that are forever present and shared between generations of indigenous peoples.

Below you will find basic facts and information for your trip in Bolivia. Everything made need from suggestions on the best time of the year for your trip to information about Bolivia's history and culture, which gives you an idea of ​​the country you will be visiting and to be well prepared.

We at Sierra Tours often get questions from our travelers; When is it best to go to Bolivia and the Salar de Uyuni? - The question we get often and it is very difficult to answer. The best part of the Salar de Uyuni is that you can travel all year round and it happens intresting things all the time. For this reason, it is up to you or anyone to choose the time that suits best. To make it easier for you, we have written a small list of what is good to know.

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About Bolivia

Bolivia is one of the highest countries in South America. La Paz is the highest capital city in the world and the atmosphere is definitely dynamic. The city of Sucre is a wonderful historic place with many fascinating museum. Here lives most of the South American Indians, over 60 percent of the population. Bolivians stick to their values and their traditional faith. Bolivia is one of the poorest countries in South America, but is rich in culture and beautiful landscapes with different climatic zones with tropical valleys, snow-capped Andes and the remnants of mysterious ancient civilizations. Bolivia is a country just waiting to be discovered.

Climate and environment

Bolivia climate varies significantly with altitude and from a climate zone to another. It ranges from humid and tropical to cold semi-arid climate. In most parts of the country winters are dry and summers are slightly wet. Despite its tropical latitude cities like La Paz keeps things cool and warm clothing is recommended all year round. The summer months in Bolivia are November to March. The weather is typically warmer and wetter during these months. April to October is counted as the winter months, are typically colder and drier.

Passports and Visas

Nordic citizens can travel to Bolivia and stay for 90 days without a visa. Check that your passport is valid for at least 6 months at the date of the return trip and contains 2 unstamped pages. The passport must not be cracked or broken somewhere.

Healthcare

Remember to have a comprehensive travel and medical insurance and the necessary vaccinations. Also note any immunization requirements when traveling from Peru to another country. Dengue fever, hepatitis A, malaria and yellow fever are present in different parts of Ecuador.

Those who travel to high-altitude tourist destination that La Paz should consider the risk of altitude sickness. This can be prevented and treated with medication. Do not drink tap water, buy water in bottles. Avoid ice cubes in drinks and other beverages. Eat well-cooked and cooked food. Please bring your family medicine. Do not forget to bring your any prescription medication. In the Andes can be altitude sickness. Symptoms are headache and nausea. For acclimatization, avoid physical activity on the first day and avoid alcoholic beverages. Eat light meals and drink plenty of water. Contact your doctor about any medication for altitude sickness. In larger cities there is access to private health care to European standard.

Assurance

When traveling to Bolivia you should know that the country has strict customs regulations on archaeological and historical objects, and these must not be taken out of the country. Drug smuggling severely punished. You must have your eyes open at the airport so that no one put anything in your luggage before departure. Pickpockets are common in crowds. If someone is suspicious pleasant or assertive can be a pickpocket. Never leave your bag from you. Changing money at a bank or at a casa de cambio - an exchange office.

Currency and exchange

The currency in Bolivia is the Boliviano (BOB). In La Paz and Sucre, and also in most other cities, you can use Euros or US Dollars. ATM machines, known as ATMs, are almost everywhere. The usual known credit cards can be used at hotels, many restaurants and shops. The further out in the country you go, the harder it can be to use credit cards. Gratuities can only be paid in cash on the Galapagos cruise boats.

We recommend that you switch to US dollars before your trip to Bolivia when this currency is walkable throughout Bolivia. Credit cards can be used to withdraw money from ATMs in La Paz.

Food and drinks

Regarding Bolivia, the first step is to appreciate the unique and enticing flavors of the country is to leave behind any preconceptions you may have about the Bolivian cuisine. Contrary to what many believe, the food in Bolivia not only varied and satisfying, but is also a vital and unique part of the culture.

We recomend "Papas Rellenas" or "Pique a lo Macho" is a dish of Peruvian origin, but it has been adopted and adapted throughout the Bolivian Andes. Literally meaning “stuffed potatoes”, papas rellenas are balls of mashed potato which are stuffed with a boiled egg or cheese, coated with a (sometimes spicy) flour batter and deep-fried.

Shopping

Handicrafts, La Paz’s shopping scene offers a wealth of artisan goods from all over the country, and plenty of memorable souvenirs. Similar products are available at the markets of Sucre and Potosí so don’t worry if you can’t decide on the spot as you’ll probably find something similar at another market. Pick up llama and alpaca wool scarves, jumpers and socks, Indian handicrafts, woodcarvings, accessories made from traditional materials and gold and silver costume jewellery. Sucre’s markets are known for their range of weaved goods available (ponchos, bags and belts) in different styles and made by diferent ethnical groups.

Receipt of air tickets

We will send your itinerary as soon as the flight is booked. Here you can see how the itinerary will look like. We use electronic tickets, which you will printing before your trip. At the same time, you get a e-mail letter with more information about the trip, including a phone number so that you can always get in touch with one of us on SIERRA TOURS, even outside office hours.

Upgrade flight seats

Today, many airlines are upgrading reserved tickets for seats with extra space and comfort, including Economy Comfort, KLM and the Premium Voyageur Air France. We can not upgrade to these seats, but it can often doing yourself through the airline's website. We're not reserve seats with extra benplats, such as those at the emergency exit in flight. If you need extra space, we recommend that you check in at the airport as early as possible on the date of departure and ask for help there.

Transfers to and from airports

Upon arrival at various airports in Bolivia you will be picked up by our local representative who will stand at the arrival hall with a sign with your name on it. Upon departure to your next trip we will assist you to the airport. You will know when you are going to be collected at the hotel.

Vaccinations

Make sure you are up-to-date on routine vaccines before every trip. These vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot. Remember to bring documentation regarding travel / medical insurance.

Ask your doctor what vaccines and medicines you need based on where you are going, how long you are staying, what you will be doing, and if you are traveling from a country other than the US or EU.

Other information
  • Local time: Bolivia has Swedish time minus 7 hours. When the time is 12:00 on the day of Sweden's 5 in the morning in La Paz.
  • Electricity: Bolivia uses 220-230 volts. You need an adapter that can be purchased on the technical-shop anywhere. At the hotel portion can borrow adapter.
  • Luggage: We use many different airlines to your travel destination, therefore it can vary how much and how many kilos you can bring in both checked and carry-on baggage. See details on your ticket or contact us if you have questions. It happens occasionally checked luggage goes astray. Unpack therefore essential medicines with a certificate from your doctor in your hand luggage. The same applies for you personal property and valuables.
  • Tipping: Sometimes include bars and restaurants, automatic 10% gratuity to the bill. It is not customary to tip taxi drivers.
  • Language: Spanish is the official language, but the traditional most prominently is Aymara, Quechua, Chiquitano and Tupi Guaraní language used by the majority of the Indian population. English works well in larger cities and tourist attractions throughout Bolivia.
  • Travel Insurance: Check what your insurance or your insurance card cover when traveling to Bolivia. It is recommended to have a comprehensive medical and travel insurance in Bolivia.
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