When is the best time to visit Bolivia?
The best time to visit Bolivia depends on which area of the country you travel to. Although it experiences climatic extremes, Bolivia can be visited all year round.
The best time to visit the highland areas is during the cooler winter period, between April and October. It’s dry with plenty of sunshine, with temperatures around 59°F. The eastern lowlands (including Santa Cruz and the Amazon) enjoy warm temperatures of 75°F-88°F all year round and can be visited at any time.
Temperatures are cooler in the southern Altiplano, dropping to well below freezing at night, although skies are clear and blue during the day. The summer rainy season takes place from November to March and can cause some disruption on the roads. However, travel is still possible and visitor numbers are lower.
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Bolivia Climate Guide
|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|
|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|
|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|
Month-by-month guide to traveling in Bolivia
Visiting Bolivia in November - March
As the rain season begins, temperatures become a little milder in the highlands and more humid in the lowlands. During the heaviest rains road travel can be disrupted but is still perfectly enjoyable for the more adventurous who don’t mind occasional delays. In the high Altiplano and Uyuni, for example, although overland touring will take a longer route around, you can get some spectacular photographs of reflections on the salt flats.
Events & Festivals
- Carnival (February): Carnival is celebrated across Bolivia, with the liveliest festivities to be found in Santa Cruz and Oruro. Read more
- Feria de Alasitas (last week of January): A fascinating festival held in La Paz, where countless stalls sell all manner of miniature items which Bolivians purchase to appease Ekeko, the household god of abundance. Read more
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 colorful costumes to the streets of La Paz. Read more
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