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Full country name: the Republic of Bolivia
Area: 1.1 million sq km (425,000 sq mi)
Population: 10,2 milion (2009 est.)
Capital city: Sucre (constitutional capital); La Paz (seat of government)
Languages: Spanish, Quechua, Aymara, Guarani.
Religion: 78 % Catholic, 16 %Protestant or evangelical, 3 % other religions of Christian origin, 2.5 % practice no religion, 0.2 % non-Christian faiths, including Islam, the Baha'i Faith, Judaism, Buddhism, and Shinto.
Government: Unitary Presidential Republic
Time zone: GMT/UTC - 4
Dialing Code: 591
Electricity: 220V, 60Hz
Weights & measures: Metric

Money & Costs:
Currency: Boliviano (BOB)
Average yearly salary: USD 4,600

Budget: $3.50-11
Mid-range: $11-20
High: $20+
Budget: $13-30
Mid-range: $30-80
High: $80+

Geography: Landlocked Bolivia is 5th largest country in South America. It is situated astride the Andes mountains. Bolivia has land boundaries with five countries: Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina, Chile and Peru.

Climate: Bolivia's climate varies from muggy and tropical to cold and semi-arid. During the same period of the year, it enjoys a range of climates, most of them not extreme.

Recommended clothing: If you want to experience all four seasons in one day you have to go to the highlands around La Paz. There, you should wear warm woolen or alpaca sweaters called "chompas". In the lowlands, in Santa Cruz city, you can wear shorts, skirts, sleeveless tops, etc. It is hot and humid from September-April, then cool and humid the rest of the year. It is best to wear fast drying clothes.

Social conventions: Respect for traditions is normal in most Bolivian families. Smoking is accepted unless indicated otherwise.

Health: A yellow fever vaccination is recommended, as outbreaks may occur, specifically after flooding, and it is required for those entering from infected areas. Malaria is common in few parts of the country. Hygiene and sanitation are poor in some areas. Try to avoid under-cooked meat and unpeeled fruit and vegetables, drink only bottled water.

Food & Drink: Bolivian cuisine mostly consists of potatoes and meat. Beef is the most popular meat chicken and llama is also frequently used. Pork is comparatively rare. Deep frying (chicharron) is a local method of cooking all kinds of meat, also fried chicken is particularly popular quick dish.
Most popular Bolivian dishes are:
Pique macho - grilled chunks of meat with tomatoes and onion, on potatoes
Charque - it is llama, horse jerky
Sandwich de Chola
Silpancho - beef pounded to a thin, plate-sized patty, served on a bed of rice and potatoes, with a fried egg on top.
Chicha is Bolivian customary alcoholic drink. It consists of fermented corn and it should be drunk from a hemispherical bowl. According to the customs you should spill slightly of this drink on the ground before and after drinking.

Public Holidays:
1 Jan New Year's Day
16 Feb Carnival
Varies between Mar 22 & Apr 25 Good Friday
1 May Labour Day
3 Jun Corpus Christi
6 Aug Independence Day
1 Nov All Saints' Day
25 Dec Christmas Day

Disclaimer: The above information is for reference purposes only. The content of this page is not intended to substitute for advice given by the user's own government travel departments or a licensed travel health advisor. The viewer/user of this web page should always contact the user's own government representatives in that area for the most up-to-date information at that time, before making a final decision to travel to that country or destination.

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