Bolivia is the most traditional and the poorest country of South America. Many thing scome to mind when this country is mentioned, but the most often word is – extremes. Why? Lets just say that Bolivia has the highest capital in the world (La Paz city is the seat of the government and it is located more than 4.000 meters above the sea level). And that’s not all. In this country, we can also enjoy in the beauty of the Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world. Because of all these “heights”, people call this state the Tibet of South America.
This country of extremes is surrounded by Brazil to the north and east, Argentina to the south, Chile and Peru to the west. Those that already used car renting in Chile probably visited Bolivia before. This country covers an area of about 1 million square kilometers, with a population of more than 10,5 million people. The official language is Spanish, but there are also another 33 native languages that are still in use in different regions.
And it would be interesting to mention the weather as well because you can expect the unexpected here. Bolivia has several different climate zones; from the tropical conditions in the eastern parts of the country to the almost polar climate on the Andes. This diversity in temperature range is a main reason of rich plant and animal life.
Bolivian currency is “boliviano” and for one boliviano you will get 0,14 US dollars.
Car Rental in Bolivia – Rules and Advices
Car rental in Bolivia is probably the best way of exploring this beautiful country. However, you should be very careful because roads in this region are considered to be the most dangerous in the world. In fact, Bolivia has the most infamous road on the planet – North Yungas Road or just Death Road. It is more than 60 kilometers long, and it connects La Paz to Coroico in the Yungas region. According to the Inter- American Development Bank, it is marked as the most dangerous road on the planet. Every year, more than 300 people get killed every year on this road. You really need to be careful, and the same goes for those people who decide to choose to rent a car in Grenada.
Car rental in Bolivia might not be the wisest solution for planning a trip outside the major cities, especially in the mountain region. If you still want to go there, you should probably rent a car with four- wheel drive, especially during the rainy season.
All persons who are older than 18 years can drive a car, but you can rent it only if you are older than 25. No special driver’s licenses are required. In some cases, police can ask for an international driver’s license.
According to the state driving laws, all drivers must use the right side of the road, except at the mentioned North Yungas Road, where you have to drive on the left side of the road.
When it comes to the petrol stations, they are extremely rare in the mountain areas, which is a reason why you should keep your fuel tank full during the vacation. One more thing. Try to park your vehicle only at the hotel parking spaces and avoid leaving your car on the street. We would advise the same for folks who are renting a car in Colombia.
The great thing about car rental in Bolivia is that big companies such as Avis and Dollar have their branches there, with all standard policies about insurance, deposits and general requirements. Try to avoid smaller cities when renting a car, and try with agencies who are located in La Paz or Santa Cruz.