Cost of living in Bolivia, a few prices examples

When I travel to a new country, one of the first things I do is to check prices of everything to get a better idea and avoid bad surprises and the famous tourist rate as much as I can. Here you have a list of prices so you’ll get an idea of the cost of living in Bolivia in 2015. I mixed a lot of stuffs but let’s start with the principal: the beer’s price!

7 Bs = 1 USD
7,5 Bs = 1 EUR

Beer in a pub (Huari 620ml) 20-30 bs
Beer in a shop (Huari 620ml) 13-15 bs
Singani bottle (local alcohol, much like grappa) 30-60 bs selon la marque et la qualité
Lunch at the market 7 – 15 bs selon le plat
Lunch in a common restaurant (lunches always include a soup, a dish of the day and generally a salad buffet, a soft drink and a desert) 12 – 25 bs selon la gamme du restaurant
A dish in a fancier/western style restaurant 50 Bs
Empenada 2-3 Bs
Bus ticket for a ride within town 1,5 Bs (exact price depends of the city)
Taxi ride Taxis don’t use taximeter so it’s always better to agree on the price with the driver. Prices depends obviously of the length of the ride. For example from La Paz airport to the city center it will cost around 60Bs, same goes with Santa Cruz. Tarija is a smaller city so for a ride within town the fare is 5bs per person. Yep, per person, if you’re 3 people expect 15bs. Doesn’t make much sense to me but that’s how they operate here!
Bus Tarija – La Paz 80 Bs
Bus Tarija – Tupiza 80 Bs
Flight Tarija – Cochabamba 300 Bs
Flight Tarija – La Paz 450 Bs
1 minute call cellphone to cellphone 1 Bs
1 sms 0,20 Bs
A used Toyota corolla 1984 (the classic bolivian taxi) 4000-5000 USD
Kia Cerrato 2014 25000 USD
Chevrolet Tracker 2003 10000 USD
Flat 1 room in the city center 200 to 300 USD / month if furnished

Here you go! The general rule is that every locally produced goods are cheaper than in europe (restaurant, food, transportation, …) but everything else is really more expensive (car, cellphone, computer, cameras, etc etc).

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How to buy a bolivian SIM card for your phone

Even if it’s really nice to log off from the world during a trip, one has to admit it’s sometimes really useful to check emails, look up for deal or activities or hotel in a new city or simply to have a local number to be reached at.

In a lot of countries, the easiest way to cope with this problem is buy a prepaid SIM card. Unfortunatly in Bolivia it’s not that simple because new numbers must be registered by the buyer. A bolivian citizen can do that over the phone (if you have a bolivian friend to help you with that, it’s better!) but for a foreigner it’s a bit more complex.

First you have to buy the SIM card and then go to the official agency of the phone operator with copies of your passport and ask to register your number. If you don’t register it, they’ll cut the line after a week or so.

The good news is that even with a simple prepaid card you can easily access internet (if you’re tolerant about speed and data transfert). I would recommand a Tigo prepaid card (10 Bs) because they it’s the best solution for prepaid internet, they offer a 2 Bs pack which give you 55mo for a day. Obviously it’s useless to watch youtube but quite enough to check your mail or logon to TripAdvisor to look for an hotel (or an activity, Valle de los condores is now first activity on TripAdvisor, yey! 😉 ). You just buy this pack the day you need it.

One last thing : bolivian frequencies for cellphone are the sames as american ones. This means that some european or asian cellphones can’t catch 3G here and get stuck in edge. Most of the Sony’s have this issue, better check if yours is compatible.

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Meet unforgettable culture and people in the heart of the Bolivian Andes

boliviaNew ecotourism destination, the Valley of Condors is home to a large colony of majestic condors – the symbol of the Andes. This hidden gem is located in the region of Tarija, 3 hours from Argentina and 5 hours to Tupiza, the gateway to the Salar of Uyuni. The Valley of Condors is a great destination for any traveler who likes get off the beaten tracks and is looking for an authentic experience in South America.

We offer 1, 2, 3 to 4 days treks to discover the condor, an opportunity to meet the people that lives in the community and a one day tour in the wine country and circuits in south Bolivia. At every step our main focus is sharing human experiences so you’ll get a chance to know the people living in the exceptional sceneries of the Andes.

Steep trails where you feel the condor graze you, breathtaking landscapes, isolated and friendly villages, authentic cultural traditions… take the leap !

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