Special Travel Circumstances in Bolivia

Visitors should be careful when choosing a tour operator and should not accept any type of medication or drugs from unreliable sources.

Authentication of Documents: Any U.S. documents, such as birth, marriage, divorce, or death certificates which are to be used in Bolivia must first be authenticated in the U.S. at the nearest Bolivian Embassy or consulate. For information on those procedures, please consult the Department of State Office of Authentications and the nearest Bolivian Embassy or consulate.

Marriage: Please see our information on getting married in Bolivia, available on the Embassy’s web site.

Mountain Trekking and Climbing Safety: The Embassy urges you to exercise extreme care when trekking or climbing in Bolivia. U.S. citizens have died in falls while mountain climbing in Bolivia. Three of the deaths occurred on Illimani, a 21,033-foot peak located southeast of La Paz. Many popular trekking routes in the Bolivian Andes cross passes as high as 16,000 feet. Trekkers must have adequate clothing and equipment, not always available locally, and should be experienced mountain travelers.

It is not prudent to trek alone. Solo trekking is the most significant factor contributing to injuries and robberies. The safest option is to join an organized group and/or use a reputable firm to provide an experienced guide and porter who can communicate in both Spanish and English. If you develop any of the following symptoms while climbing at altitude – severe headache, weakness, vomiting, shortness of breath at rest, cough, chest tightness, unsteadiness – descend to a lower altitude immediately. Trekkers and climbers should purchase adequate insurance to cover expenses in case of injury or death.

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