Bolivia Travel Costs For One Month

Getting lost in the Amazon Rainforest, driving across the world’s largest salt flats, boating on Earth’s highest navigable lake, we did all these bucket-list activities in Bolivia, but were they expensive? What about Bolivian food and accommodation? And how much does it cost to get around Bolivia? Read on to find out all about our Bolivia travel costs.

Salt flats perspective photo - big person holding a small one on the palm of their hand

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The view over Lake Titicaca from our hotel in Copacabana, La Cupula

Bolivia accommodation costs

We stayed in Bolivia for 29 nights in total, although our accommodation for four nights was included in our Amazon Jungle trip and Bolivian Salt Flats tour. Our average Bolivia accommodation costs were £19.69 per night. There are plenty of cheap hotels in Bolivia, but we primarily used Airbnb apartments while staying in La Paz and Sucre since we needed space to work and were there for more than just a few days. We booked hotels in Rurrenabaque for either side of our Amazon Tour and Uyuni for our Salt Flats Tour.

The view from our Airbnb apartment in La Paz

Our cheapest accommodation was in La Paz, costing just £16.30 for the night (although it didn’t come without its problems) and our most expensive was in La Cupula in Copacabana, on the shores of Lake Titicaca, at £30.60 per night, which we loved. We did find that pretty much everywhere we stayed in Bolivia is at a fairly high altitude and therefore could get quite cold, it’s a good idea to look for somewhere with heating if possible.

ExpenseTotalPer personPer night
Accommodation£571£285.50£19.69

Bolivian food costs

In all our travels, only the Philippines, Burma, Indonesia and Malaysia were cheaper for food. Having said that, there wasn’t a great deal of choice for us while trying to eat a vegan diet. Since we were staying in apartments most of the time we were able to cook at home though. Choice of food in the supermarkets varied, we easily found soy milk and had cereal and fruit for breakfast, found plenty of cheap avocados for lunch and we usually ate pasta or sometimes found some decent vegan sides for dinner.

Supermarket haul in Bolivia

Our Amazon and Salt Flats tours included about five or six days of food, so are in the activities section below. But we did buy plenty of snacks to take with us. We rarely ate out in Bolivia but when we did the cost of food was manageable, for example we ate at a pizza place in Uyuni for £12.40 (one pizza, soup, two portions of garlic bread and their homemade lemonade). Trying to travel as a vegan in South America can be hard, especially in Bolivia!

ExpenseTotalPer personPer day
Food£318£159£10.97

Transport costs in Bolivia

We’d heard that long-distance bus journeys in Bolivia were hellish, so we decided to avoid overnight/long rides by choosing to fly instead. This has most definitely bumped up our transport costs. For example, we could have chosen a 20-hour bus ride along windy dirt roads for less than £10 to get from La Paz to Rurrenabaque, but instead we opted for the £125 return flight each which took about 45 minutes. What would you choose?

travelling by boat in the Amazon Rainforest

We did use Tickets Bolivia to book buses from Sucre to Uyuni via Potosi, which were fairly short (three or four hours) and inexpensive journeys. We also took the Bolivia Hop – also known as the Peru Hop – to get from La Paz to Copacabana and onwards to Cusco in Peru. We’ve included the total price for the Bolivia Hop even though it was just three hours. Taxis were generally cheap and easily available, we mostly used them to get to and from the airports, otherwise we walked around. Bus stations and some airports also had departure/terminal fees, usually no more than £0.50 per person.

4x4 jeep driving in the desert on a Salar de Uyuni tour, Bolivia

ExpenseTotalPer personPer day
Taxis (13)£53.60£26.80£1.85
Bus Sucre to Potosi£6£3£0.21
Bus Potosi to Uyuni£16.30£8.15£0.56
Bus La Paz to Copacabana£74£37£2.55
Return flights La Paz to Rurrenabaque£250£125£8.62
Flight La Paz to Sucre£83£41.50£2.86
Flight Uyuni to La Paz/td>£134£67£4.62
Total£616.90£308.45£21.27

Cost of activities in Bolivia

If you don’t visit the Bolivian Salt Flats or explore the Amazon Rainforest in Bolivia then your activity costs would probably be a lot lower than ours. But why wouldn’t you visit those places? They really were among the highlights of our time in South America. We also headed out on a tour to Tiwanaku, a few miles north of La Paz and took a boat trip out on Lake Titicaca. Our guides on both the Amazon tour and Salt Flats tour were great, so were the other people in our groups. As for our Salt Flats tour, we originally paid more but found out that everyone else on the tour paid less, when we finished the tour we spoke to the owner and got a refund.

Cayman poking his head out the river in the Amazon rainforest, Bolivia

ExpenseTotalPer person
La Paz Walking Tour£6.20£3.10
Madidi Jungle Ecolodge£385£192.50
Madidi National Park Entrance Fee£30.90£15.45
Tiwanaku Tour from La Paz£17.20£8.90
Tiwanaku Entrance Fee£20.60£10.30
Bolivian Salt Flats Tour£159.80£79.90
Incahuasi Island Entrance Fee£6.20£3.10
Isla del Sol Boat Trip£14.40£7.20
Total£640.90£320.45

Miscellaneous Bolivia travel costs

Since we naively didn’t expect it to be so cold in Bolivia, we didn’t pack enough warm clothing, so we did buy some more clothing. For example a fleece cost about £7.50 and trousers cost £15. We also had typical laundry costs and had to pay for toilets while out on trips. Of course we had to buy a toy dinosaur for some perspective shots on the Salt Flats too.

Dinosaur perspective shot on the Uyuni Salt Flats, Bolivia

ExpenseTotalPer Person
Toiletries£2.60£1.30
Toilets£4.40£2.20
Clothing£56.50£28.25
Laundry£15.80£7.90
Toy dinosaur£1.00£0.50
Total£80.30£40.15

Total Bolivia travel costs

So, with daily activity costs second only to New Zealand’s (£48) and transport costs higher than in the USA, we left Bolivia with significantly less money than when we arrived. We haven’t figured out our Peru travel costs yet (we have to factor-in Machu Picchu) but we suspect Bolivia will come out as our most expensive South American country.

boat on Lake Titicaca passing Sun Island

ExpenseTotalPer personPer day
Accommodation£571£285.50£19.69
Food£318£159£10.97
Transport£616.90£308.45£21.27
Activities£640.90£320.45£22.10
Miscellaneous£80.30£40.15£2.77
Total£2,227.10£1,113.55£76.80

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8 thoughts on “Bolivia Travel Costs For One Month

  1. Amy, I actually think you have done very well indeed considering you did some amazing tours. Cooking at home certanly has saved you some good cash? I don’t blame you for wanting to fly rather than take a long bus journey, it is probably a lot safer also. I will be looking forward to finally meeting you in August 😄

    • Thanks Gilda, I’m sure the flights are safer than the bus rides too, you’re right. It will be great to finally meet in person this summer 🙂

  2. Another great country costs article. Well done. Love the layout, simplicity and I especially love the data. This really helps any potential traveller to the country to put their budget together.

    • Thanks Paul, we figure that since we would find this information useful then so would other people, so we’re glad to hear from you 🙂

  3. Perfection lies in the details. Getting to travel in your honeymoon is really a good idea too. Travel and have fun.

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