What is the best time to visit Bolivia? Discover our top tips on the ideal time for your Bolivia tour.
Although Bolivia lies directly on the equator, the climate is by no means uniformly tropical. Most of the Andean region is set more than 1500 meters above sea level, with some peaks as tall as 6000 meters! Naturally, the fresh mountain air dominates the higher altitudes where, instead of rainfall, you will see snow in November. The Altiplano region (La Paz, Uyuni) remains moderately cool throughout the year. On the other hand, the lowlands experience distinctly tropical weather with temperatures above 30 ° C.
Climate in East Bolivia – Santa Cruz:
In winter, the temperature of Santa Cruz varies between 15 to 30° C, climbing up ever so slightly in the summer months. The climate here is uniformly dry and daytime can get very hot.
What to pack: Windcheaters, weatherproof clothing and a pair of good (hiking) shoes
Climate of South Bolivia – Sucre, Potosi:
Expect mild temperatures and pleasant weather in southern Bolivia. Daytime is generally cool and comfortable although evenings can get chilly. Temperatures in this region range between 0 to 20 ° C (Potosi) and 10 to 20 ° C (Sucre).
What to pack: Warm sweaters or fleece jackets so you can protect yourself with several layers of clothing. For Potosi, it is advisable to pack a pair of gloves, a hat and a warm windproof jacket.
Climate in the Southern Altiplano region – Sajama, Uyuni:
In the southern Altiplano region (southwest Bolivia) the sun is unrelenting throughout the day! Don’t forget your sunglasses because you will need the added protection in the dazzling salt desert. During the daytime, temperatures range between 15 to 20 ° C, but nighttime is considerably cooler with temperatures dipping below 0. In the winter months, temperatures are often below -10° C during the night.
What to pack: A good pair of sunglasses, hiking boots, gloves, hat, thermals, warm jackets, sunscreen lotion and warm sleepwear.
Climate in Central Altiplano region – La Paz, Copacabana:
Expect a pleasant summer, with temperatures ranging between 5 – 20 ° C. In winter, the temperature ranges between 0 and 15 degrees although Copacabana can be quite cold with temperatures dipping below 0. In this region, the weather conditions vary to a great extent and rain is rare in La Paz.
What to pack: Warm sweaters and fleece jackets so you can layer up! It is advisable to carry a windcheater, cap, scarf, gloves, Warm sleepwear, sunscreen lotion and sungla
Climate in Bolivian Rainforest – Madidi National Park
The rainforest experiences tropical weather all year round with lots of rainfall. Temperatures range between 20 to 30 ° C throughout the year.
What to pack: Backpacking equipment for excursions, sun hat, swimming gear, waterproof jacket, sandals, mosquito repellent, light cotton clothes, sunscreen lotion and sunglasses
Best time for Bolivia travel
- In the dry season: May to October
- Rainy season: November to April
The best time for travel to Bolivia is between the months of May to October when the weather is dry. Bolivia receives the most amount of tourists in July and August. Traveling in the rainy season can be challenging as many of the roads are difficult to navigate. Some parts of Bolivia can be visited throughout the year. Please contact our destination experts for more travel advice and tips on Bolivia tours.
Altitude in Bolivia and Tips to Prevent Altitude Sickness
Upon reaching heights of 3000 meters or greater, some people can experience altitude sickness (otherwise know as Soroche), in response to the lack of oxygen in the air. To prevent altitude sickness, we recommend that you take it slow so your body can adapt. In the first hours after your arrival, we recommend that you lie down and drink plenty of water. Acclimatization will generally take you one to two days.
Soroche symptoms include headache, fatigue, loss of appetite, stomach illness, dizziness, and sleep disturbance, and usually develop within the first day or two at altitude. It’s difficult to determine who may be affected since there are no specific factors (age, sex or physical condition) correlated with susceptibility. The main cause of Soroche is ascending too rapidly.
High-altitude destinations in Bolivia:
- Sajama, Bolivia: 4,250 m (13,944 ft)
- Potosí, Bolivia: 4,090 m (13,420 ft)
- Puno, Titicaca Lake, Copacabana, Bolivia & Peru: 3,827 m (12,628 ft)
- Uyuni, Bolivia: 3,656 m (11,995 ft)
- La Paz, Bolivia: 3,650 m (11,975 ft)
- Sucre, Bolivia: 2,750 m (9,022 ft)
Travel tips: Best time to visit Bolivia
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