Bolivia at a glance

Bolivia is situated in the heart of South America bordered by Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina, Chile and Peru and it covers 1,098,581 Km2  (428,446 square miles).

Climate: Bolivia has an extreme range of climates depending on the altitude. Summer / rainy season falls between November-April and winter/dry seasonfrom May to October.

Capitals: Sucre (constitutional), La Paz (administrative). Bolivia is a democratic Pluri National State.

Population: Approximately 11.633.371, with 7 inhabitants per km2 (11 per square mile).

Language: Spanish followed by Quechua, Aymara, plus many other indigenous languages.

Religion: 95% Roman Catholic but many people also hold traditional Inca and Aymara beliefs.

Currency: The Boliviano rate of exchange; 7 Bolivianos = 1 U.S. Dollar

Time: 4 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). Bolivian time is constant throughout the year and throughout the country.

Electricity: La Paz runs on both 220v and 110v. The rest of the country is 220v.

Business hours: From 9:00 to 12:00 in the morning and 14:30 to 18:30 in the afternoon.

Tipping: A 10% tip is expected

Getting to Bolivia: By air, there are direct nonstop flights from Spain, the United States, Colombia, Brazil, Peru, Argentina, Chile, Paraguay and Panama. By land, the most common and suitable entry point is Peru, crossing Lake Titicaca. The Catamaran Cruise ships offer daily connections between Puno (Peru) and La Paz (Bolivia). The two other land entryways used by tourists are from San Pedro de Atacama (Chile) to the Uyuni Salt Flats and from La Quiaca (Argentina) to the city of Potosi.

Public Holidays:

New Years Day: January 1st

Creation of the Pluri National State: January 22nd

Carnival: February/March

Good Friday: Friday before Eastern

Labor Day: May 1st

Corpus Christi: May

Aymara New Year: June 21st

La Paz Anniversary: July 16th

Independence Day: August 6th

Santa Cruz Anniversary: September 24th

All Saints Day: November 2nd Christmas Day: December 25th

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