La Paz City is located at 3,600 metres above sea level, surrounded by high snow-capped mountains such as Illimani, Huayna Potosí, Chacaltaya and Mururata. In 2007, the New7Wonders Foundation declared La Paz one of the New 7 Wonders Cities of the World along with Havana, Beirut, Durban, Kuala Lumpur and Vigan, due to the global diversity of urban society that these cities represent.
The temperature varies according to the season, nevertheless the average temperature is 16°C, with the coldest months being June to August, and the wettest months January to March.
Temperature in La Paz City:
Spring: Pleasant climate. Maximum temperature 22°C, average minimum 8°C.
Summer: Pleasant, wet climate. Maximum average temperature 21°C, minimum average 9.7°C.
Autumn: Dry, slightly cold climate. Maximum average temperature 20.7°C, minimum average 7.7°C.
Winter: Cold, dry climate. Maximum average temperature 20.3°C, minimum average 5.3°C.
The official currency in circulation is the boliviano and the exchange rate for $1USD is 6.96 bolivianos when selling and 6.86 bolivianos when buying. It’s suggested to exchange money at currency exchange offices and not in the street.
The suggested modes of transport with fixed routes are the Pumakatari buses and the different cable car, bus, minibus and trufi taxi lines. For a more personal form of transport, radio taxis are recommended.
The official language of Bolivia is Latin American Spanish (Spanish), however other languages such as Aymara and Quechua exist among others, depending on the region.
Documentation to enter Bolivia:
To enter Bolivia you will be asked for a valid passport or document (ID card or Taxpayer Identification Number). A yellow fever vaccination certificate is needed in the event that you decide to visit the Bolivian Amazon and in some cases you will be asked for a tourist visa.
Citizens that don’t have to process tourist visas are those who belong to the European Union, MERCOSUR countries (Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela and Peru), and citizens of Andorra, Australia, Canada, Philippines, Iceland, Israel, Japan, Liechtenstein, Mexico, Monaco, Norway, New Zealand, Panama, Switzerland and Turkey.
In the event that you are from one of the countries belonging to the Andean Community of Nations, you can stay in Bolivia for 90 days, which can be automatically extended one time, for the same period of time.
If you belong to countries part of and associated with MERCOSUR you can travel in Bolivian territory with just your ID card, you don’t need a passport and you can stay in Bolivia for 90 days without having to leave the country.((Migratory regulations can change at any moment, so it is suggested to contact the closest Bolivian embassy or consulate www.cancilleria.gob.bo).