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Bolivia Travel Guide

When to Go

With its extremes of terrain, altitude, and climate, Bolivia has something to appeal to nearly every traveler. During the rainy season from November to March, heavy downpours make overland traveling difficult and dangerous, as many smaller roads are virtually impassable. If you plan to travel this way, it's best to go between April and October, when winter skies mean endless sun and perfect light. Expect hazy views between July and September when farmers burn entire hillsides to clear the land for cultivation.


During Carnaval and many of Bolivia's other holidays the country virtually shuts down, sometimes for a couple of days before and after. Don't plan to travel on the holiday itself, as transit is practically nonexistent. Major holidays are New Year's Day; Carnaval (weekend prior to start of Lent); Good Friday (April); Labor Day (May 1); Independence Day (August 6); All Saints' Day (November 2); Christmas.

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