Bolivia

Capital Sucre

Population 10,985,059

Area 1,098,581 km2

Key facts

Bolivia is a country located in South America. There are 5 countries (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, Peru) that Bolivia shares its borders with. As for languages, the country’s residents speak Spanish, Aymara and Quechua. Unfortunately, if you speak English, it might be problematic to communicate fluently unless you know Spanish.

In the EF English Competency Index (EF EPI), which assesses the language proficiency of non-native speaking countries, Bolivia was ranked 41st out of 100 countries in 2021.

The national currency in Bolivia is Bolivian boliviano (BOB). The boliviano ($b) is subdivided into 100 centavo.

Bolivian
Banknotes

$b10$b20$b50$b100$b200

Bolivian
Coins

102050$b1$b2$b5

Check with your bank before your trip to find out if there are any fees for using your card abroad. Some banks do not charge fees when you use a foreign ATM or pay in foreign currency, but others may charge a fixed cost for each transaction or allow a limited number of free withdrawals. The travel card provided by Wise.com, Revolut or Monose might be an excellent option to cut down on transaction fees.

Ookla® Speedtest The average fixed internet speed in Bolivia is 44.02 Mbps and mobile is 18.14 Mbs.The global average is 187.01 Mbps and 128.37 Mbps respectively.

ATM Density The number of ATMs per person in Bolivia is close to the world average.43.26 ATMs per 100,000 people.The global average is 39.49.

SIM Registration In order to purchase a SIM card in Bolivia, a passport or ID is required as identification.

Socket types

There are 2 socket types used in Bolivia. Type A & Type B are widespread in North America (incl. the U.S.), Central America, Japan, and the Philippines. Type C is a popular socket type throughout Europe (except the United Kingdom), Russia, and certain Asian countries.

Type A 115 V, 230 V, 50 Hz  Type C 115 V, 230 V, 50 Hz  

The sockets’ shapes and voltage differ from country to country and a travel plug adapter may be required. Portable devices, such as phones, notebooks or tablets, usually handle the entire range of voltages used across the world (110-240V).

Public holidays

In the year 2024, Bolivia will celebrate 12 national public holidays.

Date Holiday name
January 1, 2023 New Year’s DayAño Nuevo
February 2, 2023 Feast of the Virgin of CandelariaFiesta de la Virgen de Candelaria
February 20, 2023Moving holiday CarnivalFeriado por Carnaval
February 21, 2023Moving holiday CarnivalFeriado por Carnaval
April 7, 2023Moving holiday Good FridayViernes Santo
May 1, 2023 Labour DayDia del trabajo
June 8, 2023Moving holiday Corpus ChristiCorpus Christi
June 21, 2023 Andean New YearAño Nuevo Andino
August 2, 2023 Agrarian Reform DayDía de la Revolución Agraria
August 6, 2023 Independence DayDia de la Patria
November 2, 2023 All Saints’ DayTodos Santos
December 25, 2023 Christmas DayNavidad

Tourism

What hotel chains are present in Bolivia?

There are Mariott hotels in Santa Cruz de la Sierra.

The Hilton hotel chain operates in Bolivia.

There are no IHG hotels in Bolivia.

There are no Best Western hotels in Bolivia.

There are Radisson hotels in Santa Cruz de la Sierra.

The Accor hotel chain operates in Bolivia.

What fast food chains are present in Bolivia?

The McDonald’s chain operates in Bolivia.

The KFC chain operates in Bolivia.

The Burger King chain operates in Bolivia.

The Subway chain operates in Bolivia.

The Domino’s Pizza chain does not operate in Bolivia.

The Starbucks chain operates in Bolivia.

Weather

What is the weather like in Sucre?

Today the sun in Sucre, rises at 6:41 AM and sets at 6:21 PM. The climate of Sucre may be categorized as a Tundra, according to Koppen’s classification system.

TodayApr 18OvercastLow: 2.4°C (36.32°F)High: 17.7°C (63.86°F)
FridayApr 19OvercastLow: 1.2°C (34.16°F)High: 18.3°C (64.94°F)
SaturdayApr 20OvercastLow: 2.8°C (37.04°F)High: 18.7°C (65.66°F)
SundayApr 21OvercastLow: 4.2°C (39.56°F)High: 18.9°C (66.02°F)
MondayApr 22Partly cloudlyLow: 6.8°C (44.24°F)High: 19.6°C (67.28°F)
TuesdayApr 23OvercastLow: 5.4°C (41.72°F)High: 17.7°C (63.86°F)

Weather data for Sucre (capital city) by Open-Meteo.com

Transport

Railways There are no passenger trains available.

Subway Systems There is no subway system in any city.

Taxi Apps You can use Uber in 2 cities. Bolt is not available in Bolivia.

Car Rental Avis , Hertz are available, but Sixt is not present in Bolivia.

Road Connectivity Index (2016)  With a score of 3.4, Bolivia is placed 110th out of 129 nations.

Driving Side In Bolivia traffic is right-handed.

Safety

Theft Occurrence Rate  43.00 thefts per 100,000 people in 2018.The global average is 544.

Road Traffic Casualties 21.10 deaths per 100,000 people in 2019.The global average is 16.74.

Travel Advisory Level (U.S. DoS)  Level 2: Exercise increased caution. 

Emergency phones in Bolivia

911 Police
911 Ambulance
911 Fire police

Sources

Smoking & Alcohol

Smoking ban Smoking is forbidden in all public indoor locations, with limited exceptions.

Cananbis legality Recreational usage: Decriminalized up to 50g
Medical usage: Illegal

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