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If you plan to live in Bolivia, this section is fully loaded for future residents. It contains first-hand facts, information, and resources you'll need to plan and prepare for relocation. Use it as you make new living, housing and business arrangements in the heart of South America! Click to meet other expats in Bolivia.

This is one of the largest sections on our website, which began as a Santa Cruz site but is now growing to include information on other regions too! Have you seen our really handy Bolivia Expat Forum yet? It's getting pretty interesting in there. Visit our Expat Resource Shop too.

Moving to Bolivia, Living in Bolivia, Working in Bolivia is a very different type of website. Our focus is not exclusively on tourism. We know you'll travel to Bolivia for business, to live in Bolivia or to volunteer here. I hope you'll enjoy exploring the site, where you can now make all your Bolivia travel arrangements in one place. Before you go, click over to our site tools page to see all the ways you can interact with and stay connected with us. Welcome to Bolivia!

Information you’ll need about living in Bolivia
Meet other expats in Bolivia

Expat Services
Our Expat Services unit can help you apply for residency, find a home, and more. See a sampling of houses for sale in Santa Cruz.

Bolivia Forums
Ask any question you want about retiring or living in Bolivia in our forums.

Living Overseas Resources
Visit our book shop for important resources on expatriate living.

Facts about Bolivia
Brush up on Bolivia's history, geography, politics, economy, people, culture and more.

Bolivia Culture and Customs
Be open to Bolivian culture. Learn about social customs and culture in Bolivia.

People and Cultures of Bolivia
There are 36 indigenous groups and dozens of other cultures in Bolivia. Get to know us.

Events, Holidays, and Entertainment
So you live here. Now what do you do? Find out how to keep your family entertained.

Bolivian Food and Recipes, Markets and Grocery Stores
What to eat, where to shop for ingredients for Bolivian food, and how to cook it.

We're working on a new section to list stores and malls of interest to you.

A comprehensive list of restaurants, bars, cafés, and bakeries in Santa Cruz.

Doctors, hospitals, opticians, dentists, and other medical and emergency services.

Laundry Services
Find out where you can wash your clothes if you don't have a washer at home.

Bolivian Money
Our currency, how and where to exchange money, how to transfer money.

Banking in Bolivia
A list of banks and credit unions, and how accounts and finances work here.

Home Security Companies
How to protect your house or apartment and how to avoid being a victim of crime.

Bolivian Insurance Companies
Expat insurance doesn't cover everything. A list of Bolivian insurance companies.

Bilingual Lawyers
When you need legal help or documentation, these bilingual lawyers can help.

Bolivian Roads
All about roads, road safety, and driving around in messy Bolivian traffic.

Bolivian Drivers License
How to get a drivers license if you plan to own a car and drive here.

Rent a Car
Reputable companies you can rent a car from. How it works. What to avoid.

Tow Trucks
With Bolivian roads and traffic, you're bound to need one sometime.

Couriers and Mail
How the mail system works, how to send mail and packages, international couriers.

Learn Spanish
Where and how to learn Spanish either before you arrive or in Bolivia.

When Spanish is exhausting and you just need someone to do the talking for you.

Airlines, Buses, Trains, Taxis and Waterways
All the different modes of transportation in Bolivia and how they work.

Bilingual Churches
Find a church to attend in your chosen Bolivian city.

Bolivian Education System
Public schools, private schools, private universities, institutes and more.

Foreign Exchange Students
Planning to spend a school year in Bolivia? Information for teens and parents.

Bilingual Daycare Center
A private daycare we recommend. The owners lived and worked in US daycare centers.

Bolivia News
Bolivian newspapers, English newspapers, how to read up on Bolivia news.

Bolivia in the News
Get news about Bolivia in English from these major online news sources.

Basic Cost of Living
From our forums: how much does it cost to live in Bolivia?

Adopting in Bolivia
The process, some true expat adoption stories, and advice.

Cheap International Calls
How to keep your international phone bill low or free.

Renting an International Cellphone
Consider renting, not buying, a cellphone until you have your own line here.

Bolivia on a Budget
28 ways to blow your budget in Bolivia (or avoid doing so).

Altitude Sickness
Moving to the highlands? Find out how to avoid or alleviate altitude sickness.

Children Born Overseas
Your child's citizenship, rights and obligations. What if your child is born in Bolivia?

Learning to Bargain
Bargaining prices is expected in some places here. Learn how to do this.

Plan Your Trip
Visit this section for all the information you need to plan your travel.

Finding housing in Bolivia
Meet other expats in Bolivia

Housing in Bolivia
Learn what finding housing is like from my house hunting experiences.

Expats often use hotels as temporary housing until they find a home.

A unique housing option where you get your money back!

What Houses are Like
What you can expect a house or apartment, or rental contract to include. Or not.

Bilingual Real Estate Agent
Planning to purchase a home or property? This real estate team can help.

Houses for Sale
See a listing of properties in Santa Cruz, offered by our real estate agent.

Vacation Rental Versus a Hotel
Before you find your own home, a vacation rental can be better than a hotel.

Home Exchange
Although not common in Bolivia, this may be a temporary housing option for some.

Setting up public utilities
Setting up your electricity, water, phone, cellphone, cable TV, etc.

House Hunting in Bolivia
Find out from my own experiences how to look for a home and what to avoid!

What you need to know before moving to Bolivia
Meet other expats in Bolivia

Embassies and Consulates
Register with your country's embassy before you travel or upon arrival.

Prepare in Advance
A list of things you should consider when preparing to move to Bolivia.

Travel precautions
Precautions to take before and during travel and while living in Bolivia.

Bolivia Visa Requirements
Be sure you know which type of visa you need to tour or live in Bolivia.

U.S. Citizens Service
A U.S. Embassy Unit in La Paz, Bolivia that informs and aids U.S. citizens.

Information, announcements and travel advisories, mostly from the U.S. Embassy.

Traveling with Kids
Important things you should know about traveling with children to and in Bolivia.

Traveling with Pets
Information and recommendations about pet travel documentation and other stuff.

Shipping and Moving Companies
Ways to find international and Bolivian shipping and moving companies.

As in airport and border-point customs, not Bolivian customs and traditions.

Bolivian Immigration
A general explanation about how immigration works and how to get our residency.

Travel Insurance
Why we recommend travelers purchase travel insurance, travel tips, and more.

Expat Insurance Companies
You'll find a full list on our sister site,

U.S. Expat Tax Advice
We asked a well-known expat tax service company to give you advice and tips.

Other Country Expat Taxes
This international expat tax company prepares refunds for expats from 15 countries.

Moving Overseas with Kids
A former expat kid, and now expat mother, tells you 20 things you need to know.

Do expats ever not feel foreign?
How does expat living change you? What to do when your life is altered.

10 questions before relocating
Ask yourself these questions before you decide to move to South America.

Things that make expats go hmmm
A little humor about expat living. Share your own stories too!

Plan Your Trip
Visit this section for all the information you need to plan your travel.

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