Dear travelers: I'm the owner of BoliviaBella.com. 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 BoliviaBella.com 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.
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Do take travel insurance for Bolivia seriously
Due to the above concerns, I researched travel insurance extensively. WorldNomads.com 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.