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).

Valle de los Condores

The valley of condors is a new ecotouristic destination in Tarija Bolivia. The project is backed up by the local NGO Educación y Futuro which helps local communities to develop themselves.

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