The small yet varied country of Bolivia, in central South America, has a varied landscape which includes the rainforest of the Amazon Basin, the Atacama Desert and the majestic Andes Mountains. The administrative capital, La Paz, is on the Altiplano plateau in the Andes, close to Mount Illimani and South America’s largest lake, Lake Titicaca. This landlocked country is a good option for travellers who want to see the wonders of South America without covering a vast distance geographically.
Travel Health Information
vaccinations for travelling here
The Zika Virus is a risk in Bolivia. Women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant should not visit the country, and other travellers should take suitable steps to prevent mosquito bites and other exposure during and after the trip.
Public hospitals in Bolivia tend to be crowded, and are not of the same standard as UK hospitals. As a visitor to the country you will not be entitled to free medical treatment, so you should ensure your travel insurance will cover you for all necessary treatment, including repatriation in the event of an emergency. As well as making sure you have all the recommended vaccinations and treatment for preventable diseases, you should also be aware of sanitation and hygiene, especially around food and drink, to minimise your risk of developing a sickness bug or food poisoning.
Some areas of Boliva are at high altitude, including the capital, La Paz. Know the signs of altitude sickness, which include headaches and vomiting, heart palpitations and disorientation. If you are trekking, stay with an experienced guide at all times, carry a means of summoning help with you, and seek urgent medical assistance if you suspect you or a member of your party may be suffering from altitude sickness.
Most incidences of theft or crime in Boliva are opportunistic, and violence against tourists is rare. Keep your luggage with you while you’re travelling, and try not to arrive in a busy destination after dark. Use common sense when it comes to your personal safety, and you shouldn’t encounter any problems.
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