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Passport and Visa
Valid passport expiring at least six months after your return. If you are a United States citizen and you are planning to travel to Bolivia, you will need a visa. The application requires many separate documents, but it is reasonably straightforward, and the consulate is helpful about answering questions and processing applications promptly, provided they are complete.But these are conditions that can change and it is highly advised to visit the Consulate of Bolivia in the preparation of your trip.
Good physical condition is recommended; remember that you will be coming to 4,000 m above sea level. The journey can be tough, especially in the Lipez area (up to - 30 degrees at night in June!). It is important to adapt to discomfort (bad roads, weather...).
Vaccines: Important: No compulsory vaccinations in Bolivia. Yellow fever vaccine and anti malaria recommended for the Amazon, no specific recommendation for the Yungas.
DT Polio, Typhoid, Hepatitis A and B.
For the Amazon, yellow fever. For malaria, little risk except for the Amazon (from Trinidad).
In the Yungas, no specific recommendation.
Personal pharmacy: Your regular medications, vitamin C or poly vitamins, drugs against pain: aspirin or equivalent anti-diarrhoeal (type Diarsed Imodium ...) + intestinal antiseptic (such Ercefuryl, Ganidan...) broad antibiotic treatment: plan 8 days of treatment (on prescription), anti-inflammatory ointment, eye drops (dust, ophthalmia), elastic adhesive tape (Elastoplast), adhesive bandages game + disinfectant swabs; double skin (protection against blisters, available at pharmacies); treatment for colds and sore throat, ointment like Biafine for burns.
In any case, consult your doctor.
To make your trip easier, we recommend you to bring a large bag (or backpack with wheels if possible) and a backpack to carry by hand.
It is important to know that all passengers are allowed to carry up to 20 kilos on the plane on most scheduled Transatlantic flights (check with airlines for confirmation of these conditions on your flight). It is advisable to take out "loss of luggage” insurance.
The regions you are visiting are undergoing growing tourist traffic and awareness of the environment is not always present. It is our responsibility to preserve the environment (already quite fragile), so we must make sure not to litter places and keep your waste until you can throw it in the trash.
All-terrain Toyota Land Cruiser long frame on private duty (unless it is specified in the program). Maximum 4 clients + driver and cook and guide per vehicle unless specified differently. For some parts of some tracks (paved roads) and by size group, we can use a minibus or a bus.
All vehicles are covered by insurance.
Bilingual Spanish and English unless it is specified in the program, who know the country. Local guides specialized in certain visits (Potosí mines, ruins of Tiwanaku, Jesuit missions...).
Spirit of the journey and journey modification
Contingencies (flight delays / train breakdowns, etc...) are always possible and part of the trip.
Depending on the weather, the desire of the group or actions that we cannot avoid such as road blockades, strikes, etc.., the itinerary may be changed. Any decision to change the program should be justified and accepted by members of the group. Some tariff adjustments will take place.
Shown on the program, double room with bathroom and single or triple on request. Breakfast included. The choice has been made carefully. The hotels are indicative, subject to availability at time of booking the tour.
Travel Tips/Individual Equipment to Prepare
In all cases
- Passport and photocopies
- Number of insurance company (insurance number and telephone number) or photocopy of the insurance policy
- Cash, travellers, CB (in US $)
- Camera + Pen + Book
- Gifts on site for children: avoid sweets; business school, clothes or toys are more popular.
The boliviano, also denoted by BOB, is the official currency used in Bolivia. The currency is divided into 100 subunits, named centavos. In circulation are coins of denominations 1, 2, and 5 bolivianos, and banknotes of 10, 20, 50, 100, and 200 bolivianos.
1 USD = 6,86 Bolivian Bolivianos(BOB) in March 2012.
Local cuisine. Food plentiful and varied in the region in which we travel. In towns, the meals are taken in traditional restaurants, a menu or buffet. Cold meals at noon on long journeys. Hot meals in the evening irrespective of the place.
Service and taxes are included in restaurant bills. Therefore, there is no requirement that would be a subjective assessment of the quality of the given service.
Regarding the enforcement staff (porters, bellhops, waiters, drivers...), given that salaries are generally quite low, a small gesture is always really appreciated.
In the case of hotel or restaurant, it is customary to leave a tip of 5 to 10% depending on the nature of the service.
Amount of a tip reference for the porters at every In and Out: 0.5 USD / bag.
Amount of a tip reference for drivers: 1 USD / day / person.
Regarding the on-going tour guides, they are all paid pretty decently by our company and do not expect tips for their living. We work, wherever it exists, on the basis of fee schedules from official guide associations.
However, during excursions, it is customary to tip: here again the amount depends on the quality of service, but a reference amount is 2 USD per person per day for the guide.
The presence of the guide is also an important element for the success of the tour: the amount of reference here would be 1 USD / person / day for him or her.
In Bolivia, there is no time change (summer / winter).
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