Official name: Republic of Bolivia
Area: 1,098,580 km²
Population: 10,000,000 inh.
Capital: La Paz (2406377 inh.) And Sucre (132,000 inh.)
People: 30% Quechua Indian, 25% mestizo (race mix), about 15% of Europeans (mainly Spanish)
Language: Spanish, although most Indians speak Quechua or Aymara; also various dialects compounds Spanish to Aymara and Spanish to Quechua are spoken.
Religion: 95% Roman Catholic, Protestant (Methodist Evangelists)
Government: democratic republic
Major industries: Agriculture, smelting, petroleum, food and drinks, snuff, crafts, clothing, tin mining, natural gas
Major trading partners: U.S., Brazil, Japan
Health risks: Altitude sickness, Chagas disease, cholera, dengue, hepatitis, malaria, polio, rabies, tetanus, typhoid, yellow fever.
Local time: GMT-4
Electricity: 220 V, 50 Hz (except in La Paz, which is 110V and 220V, 50 Hz)
Weights and measures: Metric
Bolivia is not an expensive country. The budget-conscious travelers can spend about 20 dollars a day, but if the travelers stay in comfortable hotels and eat in restaurants will have a daily cost of between 20 and 30 dollars. To live really well it is needed more than $ 35 dollars per day, while first class passengers can easily pay $ 150 without missing any whim.
In general, it is preferable to travel with U.S. dollars, the only foreign currency which is accepted throughout the country. The currencies of neighboring countries can be exchanged in border areas and in some exchange houses in La Paz. Travel agencies, jewelers, pharmacies and appliance stores usually accept foreign currency. Upon receiving the change, we recommend you ask small bills, to avoid problems with the change.
In big cities major credit cards are accepted.