Americans living in or visiting Bolivia are encouraged to register at the U.S. Embassy obtain updated information on travel and security within Bolivia .
The U.S. Embassy in Bolivia
Avenida Arce 2780
La Paz, Bolivia
Phone: (591) 2-216-8000
Fax: (591) 2-216-8111
Outside of Bolivia: (591-2) 216-8000
Altitude plays a major role in Bolivia's climate. In general, summer occurs from November until March, and is typically warmer and wetter than the winter which occurs between April and October. Bolivia’s lowlands in the east cover roughly half of the country. The northern portion of this region has a tropical climate, and is hot, humid, and wet for a large part of the year. The southern portion of the lowlands has a similar tropical climate during the summer, but cools down and become drier in the winter. As you move further west towards the Andes Mountains, the elevation increases and the climate becomes sub-tropical with warm temperatures and rains common year-round. Further west still, the highland valleys of Bolivia have a Mediterranean climate. Here, cities including Sucre and Cochabamba commonly have warm, sunny days, and cool comfortable nights year-round. The high Andes and the Altiplano plateau dominate western Bolivia. This region has the highest altitude in Bolivia, and also the coldest climate. The capital city La Paz lies within this region. It has average high temperatures that stay in the mid-60s° F and lows in the mid-30s° F throughout the year. This region is also very dry much of the year, but does find some relief during a short rainy season from December to February.
To call Bolivia from the United States, dial the international prefix, 011; then Bolivia’s country code, 591; and then the one digit area code, then dial the actual phone number.
Electricity in Bolivia is 220 or 230 Volts, alternating at 50 cycles per second. However, La Paz and Viacha use 115 Volts. If you travel to Bolivia with a device that does not accept 220 or 230 Volts at 50 Hertz, you will need a voltage converter. Outlets in Bolivia generally accept a flat blade plug or a Type C, two-pin unearthed plug. If your plug has a different shape, you may need a plug adapter.
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