Our time in Bolivia was difficult, with altitude sickness, tiredness, more visits to hospitals than to touristic attractions, and scary taxi rides. But it was one of the greatest moments of our trip, with visits to the unbelievable Uyuni Salt Flats, our first encounter with Inca ruins in Tiwanaku.
It’s also where we found one of the friendliest people, rode the cheapest taxis, and had some very different experiences.
It’s a country with lots of mountains, and a lot the cities sit on high altitude. La Paz, for instance, is one of the highest cities in the world, and the Salt Flats are even higher.
Bolivia is also one of the less financially significant countries in the Americas.
We found it to be one of the cheapest places we’ve ever visited, which makes it great for families.
In our four weeks there, we didn’t do much but what we did, we enjoyed a lot. We need to go back there to visit Lake Titicaca, Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Sucre, and all the other (and in lower altitude) places we missed.
For those planning a trip to Bolivia with kids, click around and find out what we did there.
- La Paz with kids – we had 4 turbulent weeks in La Paz, including a visit to a hospital, a concussion, and very little touristing, but still amazing.
- Tiahuanaco (or Tiwanaku) with kids – one day-trip from La Paz made Joao’s birthday a lot more special. It’s a Unesco World Heritage Site, and it’s a great place to learn a lot about the early civilizations of South America.
- Salar de Uyuni (Uyuni Salt Flats) with kids – this was my dream and I fulfilled it beautifully. We had 2 amazing days in Uyuni that were worth all the money we spent.
Our guide to surviving altitude sickness – It’s super serious, it’s real, and it’s common. We’ve gathered a few tips on how to avoid it, how to deal with it, and what you can do about it.
I can’t state enough how much you need travel insurance. It was great for us… We use World Nomads – to find a quote for you, click here.
To and from Bolivia
- Hello Bolivia – We went from Santiago (Chile) to La Paz (Bolivia). Click here to know how it was.
- Bye Bolivia, hello Peru – about our trip from La Paz to Peru
- A night in Santiago Airport and an Avianca review – one of our worst trips haha.
- Avianca Airlines review – We used Avianca to and from Bolivia, and here’s our overall review
Other Memories of Bolivia
- What happened during our first year traveling – All the places we’ve visited in our first year traveling full time with 4 kids
- Best Moments of the First Year of Family Travel – A collection of the best moments of the first year of travels
- Worst Moments of our first year traveling full time – Well, with the good, there’s always the bad. No trip would be complete without a few problems
- First year review by Angelo – Angelo’s review of the first year traveling as a family
- Travel Mistakes during our first year traveling full time with kids – We’ve made lots of mistakes, and they’re on this post, listed, so you can avoid them on your trips
- South America for 9 months with 4 kids – it’s possible and we did it!
- Travel Tattoo Ideas, and our best souvenirs! – We try to get a tattoo in every country we visit. You can see them in this post!
To finish it….
Our table for a quick guide – if there’s something else you think we should add here, let us know in the comments!
- Minimun Stay
- $ ~ $$$
- Best local transport option
- Do we recommend it?
- If you’re going somewhere high in altitude, have at least a day to rest when you arrive, then a day between each activity. Seriously. And don’t cram too much in one day. So I’d say a week, at least!
- People are super nice with kids but there isn’t much in terms of child entertainment
- Taxis! Super cheap, and they’re everywhere!
- We found it pretty safe