As the most elevated country in the continent, Bolivia offers travelers the most amazing panoramic views from its highest peaks. Definitely DO that. But right now we’ll be taking a look at 10 things you should NOT do in Bolivia.
1. Don’t Travel Without Toilet Paper
It doesn’t matter if you’re in a decent hotel, or a fine restaurant. You’ll soon realize that toilet paper is a hot commodity in most cities. Also make sure you don’t flush the paper, it should always be tossed in the trashcan instead.
2. Don’t Enter a Bus Without Saying Hello
The locals will always enter by greeting the rest of the passengers “buenos dias” (good day) or “buenas tardes” (good afternoon). Brush up on your Spanish so you can recite the greetings, as well!
3. Don’t Explore Without a Four-Wheel Drive Vehicle
When you head outside of the major cities, it’s best to travel in a four-wheel drive vehicle. You’ll be faced with many sub-par roads, including hazardous highways without shoulders, lack of fencing and barriers.
4. Don’t Carry Large Notes
We usually say this so that you don’t become the target of a crime. However, in Bolivia, the reason is that a lot of the vendors don’t carry change. So if a taxi ride costs you 10 Bs and you hand the driver a 20, good luck getting any change back.
5. Don’t Get in a Taxi With No Signage
According to travel advisories, (DOS) crimes that take place in taxi cabs are a huge problem in Bolivia. Many criminals drive around in cars that look like taxis, and once a tourist enters the vehicle, they’re mugged of their money and belongings. Take a radio taxi and make sure the vehicle has clear signage with the business name, address, and telephone number on the roof.
Stay tuned for Part 2 of Things NOT To Do in Bolivia!