Bolivia travel tips

1. Interested in getting to know the community by volunteering?

Bolivia Bella provides a list of other nonprofits/NGOs to work with also. There are probably many, many more opportunities. You just need to ask around.

2. Bolivia does not get as many tourists/backpackers as its neighboring countries, so sometimes the people here can seem rude. They are not really rude, they just are not accustomed to travelers, and dont exactly know how to treat them. So smile, move along, and ease the way for the next backpacker behind you.

3. Sucre is the prettiest city in Bolivia, and a visit to the country is not complete without a few days in Sucre. It is quite common for people to change their travels plans because they want to stay in Sucre longer.

4. It is really worth the extra money to shell out for a nicer, larger seat on the buses. El Dorado, Trans Titicaca, and Copacabana are two lines often used by backpackers. I personally wouldn’t recommend Titicaca, though. I won’t ride on that line ever again. Even though the others aren’t comfortable, at least they won’t break down!

5. Bolivia is a great place to learn Spanish. Their accent isnt thick and the prices are probably the cheapest in South America. Sucre, Cochobamba, Santa Cruz, and La Paz all have multiple schools to choose from.

6. This probably goes for most places, but find a cafe off the beaten path. Internet isnt good in Bolivia, so most backpackers go to cafes near the main plazas to eat and get their internet fix. It is worth your while to search around a couple blocks away from the plaza to find a cafe designed more for locals (fewer gringo prices!) with good internet.

7. Copacabana and Isla del Sol is definitely worth a visit. But it is better to stay on the island than the town. One night or two is enough to see everything.

8. Here are other resources we found and used during our time in Bolivia:

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