Bolivia is really a land of extremes. Unique in so many areas. It’s just takes 2 hours to arrive in a complete different climate zone.
Bolivia is a must for nature lovers. An example is the Eduardo Avaroa National park (near the Uyuni salt flats) with its wide plains, volcanoes, lakes with flamingoes and hot springs overlooking llamas; an unique place in the world. A literally and figuratively speaking breathtaking place. Or go deep in the jungle looking for tapirs and jaguars. Or look at the Sunrise overlooking a ‘ sea ‘ of tree tops. Or walk on an island in the largest navigable lake of the world. Or … you name it.
For people fond of (extreme) sports there are also plenty of options. How about mountain biking on the ‘ death road ‘ or climbing a 6000 meter high mountain.
Also people interested in traditional culture are in the right place. Visit (witch) markets, villages where the inhabitants do not speak Spanish or visit traditional dance and music events.
And the beauty of this is that, compared to other countries in South America, Bolivia is quite affordable.
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO KNOW WHEN TRAVELLING TO BOLIVIA?
Spanish is the official language. A basic knowledge of Spanish is recommended. English is rarely spoken. There are a number of tours that have English speaking guides, but they are always more expensive.
The seasons are the exact opposite of the Netherlands. The coldest months (winter) are May, June and July. Even in the tropics it can be quite chilly. In addition, most houses/buildings do not have heating, which makes it pretty cold inside. The rainy season falls in the summer, from December to April, with most rain fall around February. The negative part of the rainy season (mainly around February) are the inaccessible roads due to landslides. Further, around February the salt flats of Uyuni are not always completely accessible, due to the water. From April/ May it starts to get dryer (dryer, since the rain can fall during the whole year, especially in the tropics.) From May on it gets colder and personally I like the weather better from August on. The best travel season is around August-November.
What else should I know?
Keep in mind there are heaps of road blocks (demonstrations blocking the roads) in Bolivia. When I travelled for about a month or so through Bolivia I experienced 3 road blocks. It’s not dangerous but can be really annoying because you won’t be able to get through. Your travels will be delayed so make sure you calculate some extra time in your travel plan. Also, some tours aren’t organised very well. For example – you could be waiting for a couple of hours befoure the tour actually starts or you’ll get a guide who doesn’t really like his or her job. It’s a shame but it happens. It’s definitely worth the effort to pay a little bit more for a good organised tour. Search on the internet and look at reviews before you a book a tour. It really does make a difference.
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