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The best time to travel in Bolivia

The climate in Bolivia varies depending on the region: cool in the Altiplano, stifling hot in the tropical plains. On the whole, avoid the rainy season which stretches from December to March.

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The best time to visit Bolivia is the dry season, which runs from April to November. Indeed, between November and April, rainfall is frequent and sometimes heavy. It all depends too on the region you wish to discover: the Altiplano is cool in winter, whilst in the tropical plains the heat is scorching all year round. We'd choose the months from August to October to explore the famous Salar de Uyuni.

The Altiplano

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The best time to explore the Altiplano is from May to August: just be careful at night, as the temperatures can drop significantly. It's the highest region in Bolivia, so its climate is much cooler than in the rest of the country, which makes the visit pleasant. Between November and April, there are major, and fairly regular, floods. Finally, set off to explore the Salar de Uyuni between August and October to benefit from better conditions.

The Andes

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The best time to visit the Andes is from April to October, during the dry season. Then, the climate is very pleasant, warm in the day and slightly cooler at night. In fact, it's lovely to visit the Bolivian Andes all year round, even if you're advised to avoid the rainy season to avoid the unpleasantness of rainfall.

The tropical plains

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In the Bolivian tropical plains, the climate is, as the name suggests, tropical: it's hot all year round and the heat becomes stifling in summer. You'll enjoy bright sunshine during your visit, except in the rainy season. Then, please be warned: it doesn't just rain, but the mud it causes prevents numerous public transport services from moving around.

Hiking trip

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Bolivia has the perfect terrain for hiking. Choose one of the itineraries which begin near La Paz: these are the most well-known. You'll walk along the Inca Trails. You'll also enjoy the national parks in Bolivia, notably the "Parque Nacional y Area de Uso Multiple Amboro" (Amboro National Park). Opt for the dry season to hike across Bolivia.

Flora and fauna observation trip

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You'll come across numerous species in Bolivia, notably in the national parks. The country is also a dream destination for those who love to watch birds. You'll come across numerous animals and admire beautiful scenery, notably at Amboro National Park. Favour the dry season for discovering Bolivian flora and fauna.

Travel on horseback

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What could be more lovely than setting off on an adventure and discovering Bolivia on horseback? This way, you'll experience the full charm of the country and you'll immerse yourself in these stunning landscapes. Notably, set off on horseback from Tupiza and allow yourself to be seduced by the thousands of colours around you. Avoid setting off during the rainy season.

Extreme sports travel

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The period from May to September is the best for mountaineering in Bolivia. We're warning you: it's very sporty! Once you've adjusted to the conditions at altitude, you'll discover scenery to take your breath away. It's also an opportunity to try paragliding, particularly around Sucre. And why not follow Coroico's rope bridge, for example?  

Sporty trip

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If you love cycling, a trip to Bolivia is made for you. You'll pass between mountains and lakes, and the most courageous will take the road from La Cumbre to Coroico, known for being one of the most dangerous in the world. You can also go rafting and kayaking, notably down the length of the Coroico River. Choose the dry season to fully benefit from your sporty trip.
Tiphaine Leblanc
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Updated 26 October 2018