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Bolivia - Money & Costs

Money & Costs in Bolivia

Goods for sale at the Witches' Market Currency: Boliviano
  • Budget: US$2-5
  • Mid-range: US$5-10
  • High: US$10+

  • Lodging
  • Budget: US$6-15
  • Mid-range: US$15-35
  • High: US$35+

  • Bolivia is not an expensive country. Budget travelers can expect to spend somewhere around US$15 to US$25 per day, while those staying in more comfortable hotels and eating at restaurants will drop around US$20-30 per day. Really living it up costs upwards of US$35, and top-end travelers can easily spend $150 per day on their hearts' desires.

    As a rule, visitors fare best with US dollars, the only foreign currency accepted throughout Bolivia. Currencies of neighboring countries may be exchanged in border areas and at certain La Paz casas de cambio (currency exchange houses). All casas de cambio change cash US dollars and some also change traveller's checks. You can often change money in travel agencies, jewelery or appliance stores and pharmacies. When exchanging money, ask for the cash in small denominations, as there are chronic problems with change. Major credit cards may be used in larger cities.

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