Why you Should Travel to Bolivia


La Paz, at over 12,000 feet, is the highest capital city in the world. Bolivia’s landscape varies from rugged Andean peaks to tropical rainforests in the Amazon Basin. The famous ‘El Chorro’ trail stretches from the snow-capped High Andes through several ecosystems and concludes in the steamy, humid Yungas…it is a once-in-a-lifetime-experience…one where you can witness all that Bolivia has to offer. Property is affordable, too--a 30,000-acre ranch with 11 miles of navigable river costs just $500,000, for example. The food is great quality and rustic. The beautiful colonial cities of Sucre and Potosí are not to be missed. And don't forget to visit Lake Titicaca, in the Andes--the largest lake in South America.


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Fast Facts About Bolivia

  • Population: 10,461,053
  • Capital City: La Paz
  • Climate: Varies with altitude, humid and tropical to cold and semi-arid.
  • Time Zone: GMT-4
  • Language: Spanish, Quechua, Aymara
  • Country Code: 591
  • Coastline: Landlocked
  • Location: Central South America, southwest of Brazil



How to Make a Home in Bolivia with Just A Little Spanish

It’s said “a little knowledge is a dangerous thing”…but that’s definitely not the case when it comes to learning Spanish. On the contrary, knowing just a little Spanish is often enough to reach your goal of starting a new life in a Spanish-speaking country. With just a little knowledge of the language, you can express and understand many very basic exchanges. Then, you just keep improving little by little…day by day. You’d be amazed how it can enrich your life. Take getting around in a taxi as an example:


Discover Bolivia’s Best Places For Income Opportunity

If you’re the pioneering type, a small business in Bolivia might offer just the kind of lifestyle you’re looking for. You can live well in Bolivia for less money than just about anywhere, and you don’t need bags of cash to start an enterprise here. Historically, Bolivia ranks alongside the poorest countries in the region, but things are changing. Today it is among the most hopeful economies in the hemisphere…its economy is growing steadily at around 5% a year… inflation (5.19% in 2014) and debt (32% of GDP in 2013) are under control. Bolivia’s oil and gas industry helps keep energy costs low.


Tarija, A Hidden Haven in Bolivia’s Wine Country

Latin America is home to many scenic colonial towns with a low cost of living. But every once in a while, a location crosses our radar that truly stands out. Bolivia’s southernmost city, Tarija, is just such a place. Tucked away in a mountain valley, with vineyards stretching to the south, Tarija is one of the continent’s hidden treasures. For a start, there’s the cost of living. A couple can live in Tarija, including rent, for $1,000 a month. For $1,200 to $1,500 a month, you can live in a centrally-located apartment, dine out, buy wine, join a gym, go to the movies, and get manicures. You’ll find places where you can enjoy a delicious and filling three-course meal for less than $4.


“I Teach U.S. Students Online from Low-Cost, Tropical Bolivia”

Stacey Roush is a teacher who left the United States…without ever missing a class. Thanks to technology, she now lives in a low-cost area overseas while still teaching her geography class—online—to students in Pennsylvania. Stacey’s new home is Santa Cruz de la Sierra in Bolivia.


Emerging Markets Grow as America Declines

For any careful investor it’s important to understand not just the current trend but rather where we’re headed. As such, keep an eye toward the future for the growth leaders of tomorrow. Since 2007, emerging markets have been outspending American consumers. Take a look at the charts here to see how the international growth/redistribution of current consumption trends will change the landscape of international business.

Bolivia Fast Facts

  Location: Central South America, southwest of Brazil. Area: 424,164 square miles (1,098,581 square kilometers). Slightly less than three times the size of Montana. Population: 10,461,053 (July 2013 est.) Capital: La Paz Geography: Landlocked; shares control of Lago Titicaca, world’s highest navigable lake (elevation 12,483 feet), with Peru Climate: Varies with altitude; humid and tropical […]


How You Could Pay For Your Next Trip to South America

I’m not a professional photographer, but for over five years now I’ve used stock photography to supplement my income and help cover travel expenses. One of my favorite trips in recent years was to La Paz, Bolivia.

Trek Bolivia A Machu Picchu Alternative

Trek Bolivia: A Machu Picchu Alternative

Forget the trek to Machu Picchu, Peru. While the pre-Columbian city is truly a work of art, it is difficult not to feel disappointed after hiking for four days only to find a hoard of tourists who got to the top in an hour by train. Instead of following the masses, why not venture off the beaten path and hike Bolivia’s El Choro Trail?

Bolivia—For the Adventurous Only

Bolivia—For the Adventurous Only

A dramatic kaleidoscope of color…amazing rock formations… spectacularly high, snow-covered peaks…endless great salt lakes…jungles… pampas…vineyards… whitewashed colonial cities…and modern, skyscraper-filled metropolises…

Your Dollar Still Goes Far in Ecuador

Your Dollar Still Goes Far in Ecuador

When my wife Merri and I first arrived in Ecuador in 1997, one U.S. dollar bought about 3,000 Ecuadorian sucres. Then Ecuador’s currency took a disastrous nosedive. Within a year, 7,000 sucres equaled one greenback.

How to Enjoy an Early Retirement

How to Enjoy an Early Retirement

My friend Martin went to La Paz, Bolivia, for a business conference. While on a mid-morning stroll, he saw an apple vendor sitting on a box, behind a small pile of delicious-looking apples. Martin figured his friends at the conference would enjoy an apple, too, so he told the vendor he’d buy all her apples. She flat-out refused to sell to him. He tried to cajole and otherwise persuade her, to no avail. “Senor, I can’t let you buy all my apples. If I sell out now I won’t have anything to do for the rest of the day.”

Clarification Causes Confusion

In May it was announced that visitors to Panama entering on a tourist visa would no longer be granted a 90-day stay (extendable for another 90 days). Instead, immigration officials said, those entering on a tourist visa would be granted just 30 days-extendable up to 60 additional days. This month, rumors began circulating that the […]

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