Landlocked Bolivia has a tumultuous history and an enduring culture dating back to pre Colombian times. It was home to the ancient Tiahuanaco culture, said to be one of the most important predecessors of the Incas. The combination of history, culture and quintessential South American landscapes ensure that our tailor-made Bolivia holidays are unforgettable. Travel to Peru or Chile from Bolivia is easy by land and we often combine these destinations in one trip.
High and mighty La Paz. Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world, and the largest salt lake in the world; Uyuni. Traditional markets and off the beaten track travel.
Bolivia offers good opportunities for overland travel by combining with Peru at Lake Titicaca, or over to the Atacama desert in Chile.
When to go
Dry season is March – October but Bolivia can be visited year round. In rainy season there is often a layer of water on the salt flats creating a giant mirror.
Spanish, Quecha, Aymara.
Peso boliviano. The US dollar (US$) is also accepted in some places (notes only). Avoid old, marked or damaged bills.
ATMs are widely available and most large shops accept credit cards although there may be a charge.
You should visit your family doctor and check that you are up to date with your immunisations for typhoid, diphtheria, polio and hepatitis A.
Although a yellow fever certificate is not required to enter Bolivia, it is sometimes recommended that you are vaccinated if you are planning on travelling to some lower lying regions of Bolivia. Check with your family doctor about this and about prophylaxis for malaria.
Visa and entry requirements are subject to change and you should check with your consulate for the latest rules before you travel.
Currently no visa is required by UK, CAN, AUS & NZ citizens although USA citizens now require a visa to visit Bolivia.
Make sure you have 6 months validity left on your passport before traveling.
GMT – 4 hours
Average flight time is 16 hours. There are no direct flights from the UK to Bolivia; routes to La Paz involve a change of plane in Bogota or via Europe or the USA.
Browse our ideas for tailor-made Bolivia holidays including multi-country itineraries. Pick a standard itinerary or tell us about your likes, dislikes and must-dos and we will create your perfect trip. We don’t do set group departure dates, all of our trips can start on whichever date suits you best.
Visit colonial towns steeped in a tumultuous history and stay in a hotel made entirely of salt.
Retrace the legendary steps of the first Inca from Lake Titicaca to Cusco on this incredible journey.
Prices start based on 3 star hotels. Browse our collection for more options and upgrade ideas.
A beautiful authentic estancia located 30 minutes drive from Potosi.
Founded by the Quechua Techana community this remote lodge in the Madidi National Park is a fine example of successful eco-tourism
This beautiful 18th century hotel has been meticulously renovated with great style.
A good option in central Postosi in a colonial building with an impressive facade.
Built in the 17th Century this architectural gem is close to the main attractions of the city of La Paz.
A hotel that sits very comfortably in its surroundings.
This unforgettable and unusual hotel will be the highlight of your itinerary!
This really was the holiday of a lifetime and thanks to expedition leader Hannah and her fantastic team was it was a magical experience. The scenery and wildlife were breathtaking and the history of polar exportation, and my hero Sir Ernest Shackleton in particular was vividly, brought to life. To be able to follow his journey and pay my respects to him at his graveside in South Georgia was very emotional and something I will never forget.
Lorraine traveled on Hebridean Sky. Find out more here.