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Although Bolivia is a country of climatic extremes, it is a destination that can be visited all year. The best time to visit the highland areas is April to October - this is the cooler winter period, but it should be dry with plenty of sunshine. In the southern Altiplano, the sky will be blue but it will be very cold, dropping to well below below freezing at night. The summer rainy season from November to March can cause some disruption on the roads, but travel is still possible, and the lower visitor numbers are a bonus of visiting at this time. The eastern lowlands, including Santa Cruz and the Amazon, enjoy warm temperatures year round.

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I highly recommend visiting Bolivia in September. It still has the advantages of the dry weather, but it gets less busy as the month progresses. This is also one of the best times to see vast numbers of flamingos in the lakes of the high Altiplano - a spectacular sight.

Nick, Latin America Specialist

Bolivia Climate Guide

Destination Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
La Paz 16°C 118mm 15°C 99mm 16°C 70mm 16°C 30mm 15°C 13mm 15°C 5mm 15°C 7mm 16°C 12mm 16°C 31mm 18°C 35mm 18°C 48mm 17°C 90mm
Lake Titicaca 15°C 166mm 15°C 129mm 15°C 104mm 15°C 55mm 15°C 21mm 15°C 7mm 15°C 7mm 16°C 16mm 15°C 43mm 17°C 44mm 17°C 57mm 16°C 108mm
Potosi 18°C 103mm 18°C 73mm 18°C 51mm 17°C 14mm 18°C 3mm 16°C 2mm 16°C 1mm 17°C 4mm 19°C 9mm 21°C 22mm 21°C 33mm 19°C 73mm
Santa Cruz & The Jesuit Missions 31°C 201mm 31°C 124mm 30°C 110mm 29°C 99mm 26°C 79mm 24°C 72mm 25°C 52mm 28°C 49mm 30°C 58mm 31°C 96mm 31°C 145mm 31°C 170mm
Sucre 22°C 152mm 22°C 116mm 22°C 102mm 22°C 30mm 22°C 6mm 22°C 2mm 22°C 2mm 23°C 11mm 24°C 24mm 24°C 47mm 24°C 62mm 23°C 118mm
The Southern Altiplano 21°C 46mm 20°C 40mm 20°C 19mm 20°C 0mm 18°C 0mm 12°C 0mm 13°C 0mm 13°C 0mm 18°C 0mm 19°C 1mm 21°C 1mm 21°C 19mm

Month-by-month guide to travelling in Bolivia

View from Isla del Sol, Lake Titicaca

Visiting Bolivia in April - October

Bolivia’s dry season is the most popular time of year to travel, despite the cold weather. Road travel is easier and the bright sunny conditions mean you can photograph the salt flats and Lake Titicaca against dazzling blue skies. June to September is the peak time for visitors, so you should plan well in advance to get the best choice of accommodation. Bolivia’s temperatures are determined by the altitude as well as the season, with highland areas such as La Paz, Lake Titicaca, Potosi and Uyuni generally cool year round and extremely cold at night. This altitude does bring strong sunshine in the dry season, making high factor sunscreen essential.

Events & Festivals

  • Bolivia’s Independence Day (6th August): Bolivia’s Independence Day is a public holiday, with patriotic marches taking place in towns and cities across the country.
  • El Señor del Gran Poder (May/June): The feast of El Señor del Gran Poder (Feast of Jesus Christ) brings over 20,000 dancers in colourful costumes to the streets of La Paz. Read more »

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