Bolivia Travel Budget

How much does it cost to travel to Bolivia?

How much money will you need for your trip to Bolivia? You should plan to spend around $b76 ($11) per day on your vacation in Bolivia, which is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors. Past travelers have spent, on average, $b29 ($4.16) on meals for one day and $b5.60 ($0.81) on local transportation. Also, the average hotel price in Bolivia for a couple is $b48 ($6.91). So, a trip to Bolivia for two people for one week costs on average $b1,061 ($154). All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
  • One Week Per person
  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
  • One Month For a couple
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A vacation to Bolivia for one week usually costs around $b531 for one person. So, a trip to Bolivia for two people costs around $b1,061 for one week. A trip for two weeks for two people costs $b2,123 in Bolivia. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Bolivia can often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

How expensive is Bolivia?

How much does a trip to Bolivia cost? Is Bolivia expensive? The average Bolivia trip cost is broken down by category here. All of these Bolivia prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

While meal prices in Bolivia can vary, the average cost of food in Bolivia is $b29 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Bolivia should cost around $b11 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Bolivia is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

The cost of a taxi ride in Bolivia is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $b6 per person, per day, on local transportation in Bolivia.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room
  • Food2 Meals for one day
  • Water2 Bottled water for one day
  • Local Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
  • Tips and Handouts1 For guides or service providers
  • Intercity Transportation1 Travel between cities
  • Scams, Robberies, and Mishaps1
  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day
Last Updated: Dec 18, 2019

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How much money do I need for Bolivia?

Typical travel prices in Bolivia are listed below. These actual costs can give you an idea of the price of travel in Bolivia. Please keep in mind that the cost of travel in Bolivia can vary depending on your specific style of travel.

  • Hot Springs
  • Towel Hire
  • Toilets
  • Border Crossing
  • Cappucino
  • Cappuccino
  • Hostel for 2
  • Museo Tessile (2)
  • Public Toilet Fee
  • Taxi Ride
  • Empanada
  • Cookie
Typical tour prices for Bolivia

How much do tours to Bolivia cost? Multi-day tours can often be an effecient way to see the highlights of a country or region.

  • Contiki Tours for 18-35 year olds
    13 days
    $ 2450
  • G Adventures Adventure and cultural tours
    11 days
    $ 1200
  • Intrepid Small group tours for everyone
    12 days
    $ 1675
  • Expedia Vacation options for all
    3 days
    $ 560
Flights to Bolivia

How much does it cost to go to Bolivia? Naturally, it depends on the dates. We recommend SkyScanner because they can find the best deals across all of the airlines.

Bolivia On a Budget
Bolivia Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia
Bolivia is one of the most remote countries in the western hemisphere. Located in the middle of South America, it is one of only two completely landlocked countries on the continent (the other being Paraguay). It is also incredible diverse, both in terms of geography and population. Sixty percent of the popular is of pure Native American ancestry. Along with Peru, it claims Lake Titicaca, the world's highest navigable lake. A trip to Bolivia is unlike any other experience.

Because of the dramatic range of altitude, Bolivia's climate is quite diverse. You can experience almost any climate including humid and tropical or cold and semiarid. It can generally be said that winters are dry and summers are somewhat wet. Some major cities, such as La Paz, are located at high elevations, meaning they are cool year around. Because Bolivia is in South America, the summer runs from November through March and the Winter is between April and October.

Bolivia can generally be broken down into three regions. The Altiplano is the region of the Andes that falls above 3500m. It is also where you find La Paz. Sub-Andean Bolivia is the area that includes the highland valleys. It is located in the south central part of Bolivia. The Tropical Lowlands are in the eastern part of the country.
At A Glance
  • Bus transportation is a cheap way to navigate the country. Transportation strikes are a concern though, so pay attention to the local news to see what is going on. Both local taxis and long distance buses are generally affected by strikes, but airlines are not. It is best not to try to pass a blockade as violence has been reported. Most strikes only last a day or two so it is often best to wait it out.

  • There are 37 official languages in Bolivia. Spanish, Quechua, and Aymara are the most common ones, and in the rural areas it is not uncommon for people not to speak Spanish. Some people do choose to study Spanish in Bolivia. They have a very clean accent and there are plenty of programs available.

  • The national currency of Bolivia is the Boliviano. You can usually exchange US dollars and other South American currences at Casa De Cambio agencies or with most street vendors. If you're exchanging with a street vendor, you'll likely have to negotiate a fair rate. In major hotels, tourist shopes, and for larger purchases, they'll likely take US dollars, but the rate may not be at its best. They will also only accept new dollars that are not worn or torn.

  • Internet cafes are generally available throughout the country. Access is variable but prices are typically low. Many Internet cafes do not allow you to use Skype though, but instead require you to use their paid phone service.


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The Death Road: A 64 km mountainbike trip from La Cumbre to Coroico where you can truly experience Bolivia.

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La Paz: The working capital of Bolivia.

Popular Foods
Bolivian cuisine is usually made of "meat and potatoes". Beef is the most common meat option, but you may also find chicken, pork, or even llama. Most meat is deep fried and it can be smelled throughout the cities. Fried chicken is also a common dish. Other interesting options available include guinea pig or rabbit. Vegetarians may struggle to find filling meals, particularly in more rural areas.

Pique a lo macho: This traditional Bolivian dish is made with grilled pieces of meat. There are prepared with a spicy sauce, tomatoes, and onions and then served on potatoes.

Silpancho: This dish is made with pieces of beef that have been pounded thin into a patty. They are served over rice and potatoes with an egg on top.

Anticucho: This unique Bolivian dish is made from skewered beef hearts that are grilled and served with a spicy corn sauce and potatoes.

1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase.

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