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Dear travelers: I'm the owner of Read more about me here. Safety, crime and other negative things are the last topics I'd like to talk to you about. As you read through the pages of our site you'll realize that it's very different from other websites about Bolivia. Every page has been written either by me, or by others who actually live and work in Bolivia. You'll also notice that we make it a point to highlight the beautiful and positive aspects of Bolivia. But I am aware that is one of the most highly trusted sites about Bolivia for a reason: we tell it like it is. So it's important to me that you also know about the safety concerns you should take into account when you travel Bolivia. Please take a moment to learn why.

Read this important information and stay aware

1. Bolivian roads can be awful and not well-maintained. Bolivian drivers also often don't have licenses, drive drunk, or drive too fast. Tour vehicles are also often not safe. This horrifying story left me in tears. It involved one of our own website visitors, and compelled me more than any other to start thinking about travel insurance. I had never used it before.

2. Bolivia thrives on offering adventure tourism. Tours like the Death Road bicycle tour and Uyuni tours have resulted in several tourist deaths. Never underestimate how remote and distant some tourist attractions in Bolivia are. Medical centers can be hours away and most are poorly equipped. Tour operators often do not offer safety features, have no first-aid training, and often don't even have equipment to communicate with emergency services.

3. Crime is on the rise. Bolivia has always had a problem with pickpockets and the theft of cameras, backpacks and other items. In addition, crimes directed at foreigners, such as express kidnappings, "pildoritas" (a woman drugs your drink then robs you) and fake police officers demanding your documents, are becoming more frequent in some areas.

4. Civil unrest is prevalent. The country has been very politically unstable during the past few years and has seen a serious spike in the number of protests, road blocks, and strikes. For travelers, this means your trip itinerary may change, flights could be cancelled or missed, or your entire trip could be ruined.

5. Other things that can occur. You could get sick, the airlines could lose your luggage, your trip could get delayed or canceled, natural disasters such as landslides and flooding do happen.

6. Enjoy Bolivia! Just be smart! You can prepare in advance, inform yourself, stay abreast of the news, pay attention to warnings and precautions, use common safety sense, and do not intentionally put yourself in hazardous situations while traveling. Subscribe to my blog to stay informed while you are traveling Bolivia.

Travel insurance: simple & flexible

You can buy, extend and claim online, even after you've left home. Travel insurance from is available to people from over 140 countries. It’s designed for adventurous travellers with cover for overseas medical, evacuation, baggage and a range of adventure sports and activities.

Do take travel insurance for Bolivia seriously

Due to the above concerns, I researched travel insurance extensively. is recommended by Lonely Planet, Hostelbookers, Footprint Travel Guides, National Geographic Adventure, and many other highly respected travel sites. While studying travel insurance options, World Nomads stood out for its flexibility, low prices, and some of the options it covers that other insurance companies do not. Please know that I only recommend services on this site that I truly believe might add value to your trip. I'd love for you to leave Bolivia changed in good ways by the wonderful experiences you can and will experience here.

  1. Trusted reliable underwriters is backed by a suite of strong, secure, specialist travel insurers who provide you with great cover, 24 hour emergency assistance and the highest levels of support and claims management when you need it most.
  2. Value for money with the cover you need provides cover for what's important for travellers from over 150 countries. By focussing on what you need and leaving out what you don't, World Nomads prices are some of the most competitive online.
  3. Flexibility when you need it most
    Had a change of plans? You can extend your policy or claim online while you are still away. You can even buy a World Nomads policy if you're already travelling.
  4. Cover for a range of adventure activities
    From skiing & snowboarding in New Zealand to whitewater rafting in Colorado, covers a range of adventure activities, giving you peace of mind to get the most from your travels.
  5. World Nomads keeps you travelling safely
    All members have access to up-to-date travel safety alerts, as well as travel safety advice and tips online through the World Nomads Travel Safety Hub.
  6. More than just great value travel insurance
    All members can learn the local lingo through a series of iPod & iPhone Language Guides and can stay in touch with family and friends with an online travel journal.
  7. Commitment to exceptional customer service
    We want to make sure you get the most from You can find out more about why travel insurance is important for your trip. If you have any questions about your travel insurance or travel safety in general, please contact directly.

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