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I’m pleased to present this publication to you with the intent of summarizing the most important information on tourism in Bolivia, a country of great geographic and climatic diversity that still maintains a great part of its territory uncontaminated and suitable for etno-eco tourism activities, adventure tourism, and cultural tourism.
Bolivia is located at the center of South America, it is an important connection link between its neighboring countries: Brazil to the north and east, Argentina and Paraguay to the South, Peru and Chile to the west.
It occupies the fifth place in terms of area covered and is divided into nine departments. The most important cities are La Paz, government seat; Sucre, capital of the Republic; and Santa Cruz, the country’s economic engine. Cochabamba, Oruro, Potosí, Tarija, Trinidad and Pando are other significant cities of Bolivia.
Today, Bolivia maintains an economic and political stability that makes it one of the safest Latin-American countries for tourists.
The climate is dry and cool, varying in accordance with the altitude and geographic location. In general terms:
- The altiplano (highland plain), at 3,600 Mts. above seal level has an annual average cool and dry temperature of 8° C.
- The valleys, at an altitude of 1,500 Mts. to 2,900 Mts. above sea level, have an average mild and semi-dry temperature of 18° C.
- The plains located at the north, east, and south, at an altitude between 180 Mts. and 650 Mts. above sea level have a warm and humid climate with an average annual temperature of 27° C.
- Bolivia covers an area of 1,265,188 Kms., and has a total of 8,000,000 inhabitants.
- The summer-fall season in Bolivia begins in May and ends in August, while spring-summer begins in September and ends in April.
- Only the valleys and the highland plain feel a marked difference in climate between seasons.
- The rest of the country, and particularly the plains, only feel a slight decrease in temperature, which falls greatly when the cool winds from Antarctica, known as “zurasos”, move in during the months of June through September.
The official language is Spanish, Quechua is spoken in the valleys and Aymara in the highland plain. There are various tupiguaríniticos languages spoken in the plains such as the guarayao, chiquitano,samuco, moxeño and guaraní. Christianity is the predominant religion although some regions still practice ancient religious customs, some of which are practiced in conjunction with other religions, forming a amalgam of religions.
Electric power throughout Bolivia is of 220 volts except in the city of La Paz where there is both, 220V and 110V. The boliviano is the local currency symbolized by Bs.; major credit cards accepted are: Visa, Master Card, and American Express, as well as travelers checks.
VICUÑA TOURS was inaugurated as a travel and tourism agency in May 1984. In the beginning we concentrated on ticketing and tourist transportation activities and subsequently expanded to become receptive tourism wholesale operators known in the medium for our personalized and professional services. In fact, our entire team is of high professional standards and has ample experience in this business, trained to provide efficient and satisfactory services.
We will be pleased to serve you and are certain that our services will be of your complete satisfaction.
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