Spanish is Bolivia’s official language, but the main languages are often Quechua or Aymara.

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Bolivia’s currency is the Boliviano, which is broken down into 100 cents. You can exchange money at banks or hotels and many tourist areas accept US dollars and major credit cards. Traveler’s checks are best carried in US dollars, as other currencies can rack up extra charges. Plan ahead and exchange some money before you arrive.

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Bolivia’s international country code is 591.

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Even though small service charges are usually added to restaurant and hotel bills, it’s customary to add 5 to 10 percent.

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Street protests and strikes are the biggest safety concerns for travelers in Bolivia. Keep yourself updated about the current political conditions and be aware of your surroundings.

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Yellow fever vaccinations are strongly recommended, since there are outbreaks. Typhoid and Hepatitis A immunizations are also recommended. Malaria is also present in some areas of the country. Watch out for symptoms of altitude sickness, one of the most common complaints in Bolivia. Some areas have poor sanitation and hygiene, so you should avoid eating undercooked meat and unpeeled fruit and vegetables. Drink only bottled water.

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Electricity in La Paz is 220 and 110 volts. The rest of the country uses 220 volts.

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Melisse Hinkle
A New England native but explorer at heart, Melisse has lived in four U.S. cities, spent a summer in Hawaii, made her way through wine-producing regions in Australia and New Zealand, and traveled around Europe while studying abroad in London. She is the Content Manager for the U.S. and Canada at Cheapflights.
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