All you need to know about Bolivia before you arrive
Bolivia is in one word, diverse - here you’ll find a vast dry desert, the dense trees of the Amazon and the powerful peaks of the Andes Mountains. So, it goes without saying that we had to create our ‘chinchilla’ trip, to take more adventurers through this unmissable part of the world. Check out some of helpful tips below to get you started with your travel plans!
Where is Bolivia?
It is located in South America, sharing land borders with Argentina, Paraguay, Peru, Chile and Brazil. Some parts of Bolivia are at high altiutude (La Paz and Lake Titicaca for example) so you should be prepared for some acclimatisation days if you suffer from the effects.
Bolivia is the 28th largest nation in the world with 1,083,301 square kilometres of land and 15,280 square kilometres of water. The population is just over a whopping 11 million but the rugged terrain leaves many parts of the country inhospitable so 72% of the population live in urban areas.
Bolivia is 4 hours behind GMT (Greenwich Mean Time). To put it into perspective, if it’s 7:30pm in London (GMT), it’s 3:30pm in Bolivia and 2:30pm in New York.
The Bolivian constitution lists 36 official languages, some of which are now extinct. Some of the most popular of these languages include Spanish, Aymara, Quechua, Chiquitano and Tupi Guarani (Bolivian sign language). English is not widely spoken or understood so it’s good practise to have a few important sentences in Spanish under your belt.
The boliviano is the currency in Bolivia and can be divided into 100 cents. 1 Boliviano is equal to 14 cents in the US (approx.).
You can travel to Bolivia year-round as the temperature remains fairly consistent throughout however there is a dry season and wet season.
Dry season runs through winter (May – October), the days are slightly shorter but generally sunny with some cold fronts that can reduce temperatures considerably.
Rainy season runs through summer (November – March), the days are humid in the east, mild in the south and dry in the west. Heavy rains can occur during these months but this keeps the countryside lush and green.
Whilst it is not necessary to have any vaccinations when travelling to Bolivia, it is worth heading to your doctors and making sure all of your vaccinations are up to date. It is recommended that travellers get Hepatitis A and Typhoid vaccinations whilst some also get Hepatitis B, Malaria, Rabies and Yellow Fever shots.
Visas and Passports
Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months if you intend on entering Bolivia, you’ll also need a blank page left for stamping.
If you’re heading over purely for tourist reasons and you’re from Australia, Great Britain, Canada or most of the EU, you won’t need a visa. If you’re from the US, you will need a visa and this currently costs $160US. If you get hold of one on arrival you’ll need proof of hotel reservation and sufficient funds for your trip, this visa is valid for ten years and allows multiple entries.
Titicaca and Bolivia Adventure - Chinchilla
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What's The Rush?
I’m not a triathlete, but I’m in decent shape and I’m not looking to experience a place just through a bus window. I’m happy to slow down on the trail, soak it in and breathe in the fresh air.
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I stay active on vacation so that I can eat and drink what I like without feeling guilty. I season my trips with a little fresh exercise.
I’ll let my trusty guides sweat the small things, so I can focus on my goal. Getting to the top, reaching the end, achieving my dreams! Sure, it’ll be tough, but the views will be worth it.
I’ve put in the hard yards and now I get to reap the rewards. I’m a seasoned adventurer, not afraid to get my boots wet.
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Above all, we aim to be amazing hosts. We're proud of our kiwi roots, and our professional, warm and relaxed style of running trips around the world is unforgettable.
We're VERY picky about who we select to work in our team, and we have people from all over the world lining up to guide our trips. So we get to hire the absolute BEST in the business.
As soon as you get off the plane, we've got all the details of your vacation covered – top notch meals, comfortable transport & accommodation, amazing guides and INCREDIBLE service.
Whether you’re new to adventure travel, or you’ve never travelled in a group before, you’ll find yourself arriving home positively different from when you left.
With our small groups (no more than 14), you'll get to know our team, your fellow travellers, and have the flexibility and freedom to do as much (or as little!) as you like.
It's all about getting there under your own steam – on foot, in a sea kayak, or by bike. What better way is there to experience mind blowing scenery? If it's your first time, no worries – our expert guides have got you covered.