Travel guide

Traces of Che against a backdrop of Quechua traditions

Festivals, colors and pre-Columbian myths define Bolivia. Peru’s neighbor, it can be visited on its own, or in combination if you have a little more time. You need to be intrepid to hike it, and above all enjoy the ride! But for the price of fabulous souvenirs: red-hued desert landscapes, salt lake (Uyuni), local handicrafts on Lake Titicaca, encounters with ancestral peoples such as the Quechua or Aymara…

Time difference



Boliviano Bolivien


Telephone prefix


How do you say...

Some words and expressions in the language

  • Good morning/Good evening = Buenos días / Buenas tardes
  • How are you? = Cómo esta ?
  • Fine, thank you, and you? = Muy bien, gracias, y usted ?
  • Do you speak French/English? = Habla frances / inglés ?
  • I understand/ I don’t understand = Entiendo / No entiendo
  • Sorry = Perdón
  • Goodbye = Adios
  • Welcome = Bienvenida
  • Thank you (very much) = Muchas gracias
  • Excuse me = Discúlpame
  • I am French = Soy Frances
  • My name is… = Me llamo
  • No thanks = No gracias
  • Yes/No = Sí / No
  • You’re welcome = De nada

Key figures

Bolivia’s time zone is GMT-4, i.e. 06:00 hours ahead of France:

When it’s 3pm in Clermont, it’s 9am in La Paz.

Good to know

American plug – Type A and C (bring an adapter if you’re coming from Europe)


Make sure you are up to date with your usual vaccinations.

  • DTP
  • MMR (in children)
  • Hepatitis (consult your doctor)

Only vaccination against yellow fever and rabies is recommended.


A visa is not required for French nationals staying no more than 90 days in Bolivia (per 12 calendar-month period), for tourism or family visits. The Bolivian authorities require that the passport presented is still valid for 6 months from the date of entry into Bolivian territory. An entry stamp valid for 30 days is affixed to the passport on arrival in the country.