Since Bolivia is a multiethnic country, it has many own languages. In Bolivia 37 different languages are spoken.
The Bolivian gastronomy is simply delicious and known by it´s large variety.
It is based on typical dishes from each area such as corn, tunta, yucca or mandioca, banana, quinoa, etc. Each region of the country has a different cooking style. In the altiplano, plates with tunta, chuño, potato and cor are traditional. In the oriental region the use of yucca, corn and banana is traditional for cooking. The most outstanding is the Cochabamba cuisine, known for abundant servings and delicious recipes based on meat and hot sauce making it one of the favourites in the country.
Enjoying the bolivian cuisine means enjoying a variety of unique and traditional dishes as salteñas, anticucho, chairo, fricase, silpancho, sonso, llauchas (cheese pastry), marraqueta (a type of bread), trout, api with rolls, k’alapurka (soup with a hot volcanic rock), chicharron, pique macho and hundreds of exquisite traditional dishes.
The bolivian beverages are also unique and exceptional. The traditional beverages are: coca tea, api, mocochinchi, chicha morada, chicha and the delicious wines and singanis from Tarija.
Some countries do not require a visa to enter Bolivia. These countries are: Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brasil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lituania, Luxemburgo, Mexico, Monaco, New Zeland, Netherlands, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Eslovaquia, Eslovenia, Espain, Switzerland, Sweden, Turkey, United Kingdom, Uruguay y Venezuela.
Usually tourists whom require the visa can get it once they arrive to the country.
The oficial currency in Bolivia is the boliviano (BOB). American dollars are also accepted in all capital cities.
INTERNET AND ELECTRICITY
Electrical voltage in Bolivia is 220v.
All capital cities and main towns have electricity 24 hours a day. There are some areas where electricity is limited.
The capital cities have access to internet as well as touristic attractions. Most of the hotels have the service as well as cafes and restaurants that have wireless conection. Internet can be accessed through different internet centers which charge by the hour. An hour of service costs less than one American dollar.
Since some regions of the country are localized at a considerable high altidude, high altitude sickness is frequent.
It is recommended for precausions to be taken. During the first days, food that causes slow digestion (and or big servings) should be avoided as well as physical activities that require much effort.
High altitude sickness pills can be purchased at pharmacies and coca tea provides relief as well.
If you plan to visit the tropical areas of Bolivia, you will require the yellow fever and malaria vaccinations.
HOW TO GET TO BOLIVIA
There are two important airports in Bolivia, the International Airport of El Alto (in La Paz) and the International Airport of Viru Viru (in Santa Cruz). Many airlines arrive from the USA and Europe daily at both terminals.
Departures from USA to Bolivia take place from Miami and departures from Europe take place from the main capital cities (London, Rome, Amsterdam, Berlin and Madrid)
Flights within South America to Bolivia are more frequent and available with many airlines.
There are various alternatives to travel to Bolivia by bus from the bordering countries Argentina, Chile, Brazil and Peru. Usually the most frequent destinations of the buses are La Paz and Santa cruz since they are the most important touristic centers in Bolivia (especially La Paz). Going to other destinations in Bolivia from La Paz or Santa Cruz is pretty easy either by plane or by bus.
Tourists from neighbor countries arrive to Bolivia in 4x4 vehicles, mainly from Chile and Peru.
In order to to this, the documentation of the vehicle and a valid drivers licence is required.