to Bolivia and welcome to authentic South America! Throughout your journey
you will get a first-hand glimpse of fascinating Indian cultures and discover
magnificent landscapes. To make your trip most enjoyable, we offer the
Climate varies dramatically by altitude. Winters are generally dry and
Spanish is the official language, but the Indian languages Quechua
and Aymara are also spoken. English is spoken in major hotels.
The official currency unit is the Boliviano. The exchange rate fluctuates
daily and you can exchange dollars in government exchange houses or hotels.
There is a black market, but we do not recommend exchanging money on the
streets. Dollars are accepted for many transactions and many hotels and
restaurants accept major credit cards.
Restaurants include an 11 percent tax in the bill. Waiters expect
a 10 percent cash tip for good service.
Banks are open from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 2 to 5 p.m. Monday through
Friday. The post office is open from 9 a.m. to noon and 2:30 to 7 p.m.
Monday through Friday. Most shops are open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. with
a lunch break about midday. Some shops are open Saturday mornings.
New Year's Day (Jan. 1), Carnival (two days in Feb. or March), Holy
Week (one day), Labor Day (May 1), Corpus Christi (May), Independence
Day (Aug. 6), Columbus Day (Oct. 12), All Souls Day (Nov. 2) and Christmas.
Citizens of the United States as well as citizens of most European
and Scandinavian countries need a valid passport to enter Bolivia. Citizens
of most other countries need visas.
The current in La Paz is 110 volts, the same as the United States, and
220 volts. Outside of La Paz the current is 220 volts, so you will need
an adapter to run electric appliances such as razors and hair dryers.
Bolivia is one hour ahead of Eastern Standard Time. The country does
not observe daylight savings time.
We suggest you carry only the money you plan to use or exchange that
day. Leave the bulk of your money and your passport in the hotel's safe
deposit box. It is advisable to carry with you a copy of the photo page
and entry visa stamp from your passport. This will be helpful when exchanging
travelers checks and if your passport is lost or stolen.
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