Local Advice & Tips for visitors
- Consider taking Diamox or similiar pills at least 2 days before arriving
- Take Sorochi pills and drink lots of water to help combat altitude sickness
- Invest in traveler´s insurance. The small investment could save you a lot in the long run because plans are bound to be disrupted.
- Do not arrive into the cementary bus station. If you have no choice make sure it is during the day.
- Do not carry your passport around the city. Make a copy of your passport ID page and your Bolivian visa to carry with you at all times
- Do not go to bar´s or clubs which have a reputation as drug ¨havens¨
- If you do decide to buy drugs, ask a knowing expat to direct you in the right direction
- Pack for all weather conditions..... There is a saying in La Paz, that¨you can experience all 4 seasons in 1 day.¨
- Eat cheap and local at lunch, the ¨menu ejecutivo¨ is the best quality for price in the western hemisphere
- If you want to eat street food, look for somwhere which is busy and has the freshest looking food
- Don´t go to bars and nightclubs alone
- If you want to drink alcohol, do not drink a lot.
- Research museum schedules before you go because they are all subject to change
- Plan for strikes! While the offical numbers have not been released, it seems like every other day someone is blockading and/or marching so much so that they seem part of everyday life.
- If you are planning on going to the El Alto Market on Sunday or Thursday we strongly recommend that you go in pairs and do not take unnecessary valueables with you. If you feel a need to take your camera or a sum of cash for souvenirs please keep this items hidden away on the front wide of your person, under layers of zipped clothing.
THINGS TO BEWARE OF:
- Several different variations of a ¨fake police officer¨ scam
- Fake taxis and/or taxis without a sign, company name, and numbered markings
- Crowded markets where pickpockets have the upper hand
- Overly friendly locals or travelers from other countries of Latin America who speak to you in English about non business related things