When in Bolivia you should DEFINITELY take a long hike through the Cordillera Real, a terrifying bike ride down Death Road, and shop for souvenirs in La Paz but more importantly follow this list of 10 things NOT to do in Bolivia. Part 2!
6. Don’t Get Distracted by Sprayed Water
Travel advisories also warn about criminals who use water to distract their targets. “The fluid is sprayed on the victim’s neck to get them flustered”. Then, the criminal snatches their bag and runs off. “Crooks have also been known to spray a substance on tourists’ bags,” offer to repair the fabric and then take off running.
7. Don’t Get Sick: Stay Hydrated
If you fly into El Alto Airport, you’ll be greeted by an altitude of 13 thousand feet above sea level. The signs of altitude sickness include shortness of breath, dehydration, and headaches. So stay hydrated or use the locals’ cure of chewing on a ball of coca.
8. Don’t Visit The Bad Regions
Coronilla Hill, Coroico and the Caranavi are home to many of Bolivia’s organized crime units. Tourists who venture into these places in the Yungas region have been the victims of carjackings and kidnappings.
9. Don’t Stick To Your Diet
The locals love to eat, and many of them have a sweet tooth. Every street corner has a vendor selling cups of jello topped with whipped cream, empanadas covered in powdered sugar, and cups of sugary juice. Almost every meal consists of some form of potato, and Coca-Cola is the locals’ favorite beverage of choice.
10. Don’t Steal The Natives’ Souls
In Bolivia, it’s not only rude to take a photo of a stranger without asking, but it goes against their beliefs. Bolivians will turn away from having their picture taken because they believe the camera can steal their soul.
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