Best Bolivia Sim Card For Tourist And How To Buy A Prepaid Sim Card in Bolivia

Last updated on December 28th, 2020 at 11:09 pm

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In this guide you will learn about the best Bolivia sim card for tourists. Whenever you travel from one country to another, one thing you shouldn’t forget to have is a prepaid sim card in Bolivia. Why?

As one might expect, It’s hard to travel without Internet because you’ll need your GPS to track your location and destination. Besides reading guides from blogs prepare you beforehand. Also, your own SIM is important for communicating with locals.

Read here budget travel in Bolivia and Bolivia backpacking guide.

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BOLIVIA TOURIST SIM CARD

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First thing we have to say about internet and data connection in Bolivia is great especially in the cities. There are a few places off the beaten path like mountains, beaches and dessert where the connection will be weak.

Obviously the best thing you can do to connect online is getting a prepaid sim card in Bolivia. It will be efficient and it will allow you to connect anytime. We recommend you to get outside the airport when getting to the city in an official phone shop.

There are two big cities, La Paz and Santa Cruz de la Sierra with the fastest connections and lowest prices for the Bolivian market. In remote areas, internet access is sometimes only possible even with data. There are a few small towns like Uyuni where the connection will be weak.

There are 3 phone operators in in Bolivia: Entel, Tigo and Viva. You can buy your Bolivia tourist sim card when you arrive in El Alto international airport, in La Paz or at the small gift shop inside the airports. I would recommend to buy outside because prices tend to be higher at the airport compared to the stores in town and cities.

GETTING BOLIVIA PREPAID SIM CARD IN THE AIRPORT

Getting an Bolivia sim card is simple and easy. You can get your sim card in Alto International Airport in La Paz. Since it’s easier to check maps and it’s great to check internet while you are going to your hotel. You can purchase your Bolivia sim card in the airport but there aren’t so many options and prices will be more expensive.

If you aren’t in a hurry you can wait until get to the city to get your Bolivia prepaid card. There are kiosks and phone shops where to buy your Bolivia tourist sim card. Make sure that you are bringing your passport since you have to register when buying the sim card in Bolivia.

WHERE TO GET YOUR BOLIVIA TOURIST SIM CARD

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You can get your Bolivia sim card almost anywhere from the airport to cities. There are phone kiosks and local shops willing to sell an Bolivia prepaid sim card. Just make sure that you present your foreign passport. Just register and top up as much as you think that you will use in Bolivia.

The main operators in Bolivia are Entel, Tigo and Viva. If you are getting to Bolivia by bus from Peru or Argentina you can also get your Bolivia tourist sim card in the Bus Station or around the city in kiosks and phone shops.

BEST PREPAID SIM CARD BOLIVIA COMPARISON

We will focus in this prepaid sim card Bolivia with Entel the most popular one. We will tell you about Tigo and Viva the second and third largest in Bolivia. If you stay in La Paz or Santa Cruz maybe you can check Viva with affordable packages.

Entel Bolivia

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Entel Bolivia is the largest phone operator in Bolivia and the most reliable talking about coverage. You can get a Entel prepaid sim card for 10 BOB= $1.5 USD and later you can top up.

You can top up 2 BOB for 120 MB or 4 BOB for 240 MB and 15 BOB for 920 MB until midnight. If you top up valid for 30 days 40 BOB for 1 GB, 140 BOB for 6 GB, 230 BOB for 14 GB and 288 BOB for 20 GB.

Tigo Bolivia

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 Tigo Bolivia is the second largest phone operator in Bolivia. It works great in the big cities like La Paz and Santa Cruz. You can get Tigo Bolivia prepaid sim card for 10 BOB= $1.5 USD and later you can top up.

You can get these prices and packages: 4 BOB for 100 MB for 2 days, 10 BOB for 500 MB until 6 am next morning and 20 BOB for 1050 MB for 24 hours. If you want to top up for 7 days 25 BOB for 800 MB and 35 BOB for 1.2 GB. If you want to top up 55 BOB for 1 GB, 120 BOB for 4 GB and 200 BOB for 8 GB.

MORE PREPAID SIM CARD IN BOLIVIA

Viva Bolivia

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Viva is the smallest phone operator in Bolivia and the cheapest. You can get a Viva sim card for 15 BOB with 10 BOB in credit. You can top up 5 BOB for 230 MB, 10 BOB for 525 MB and 20 BOB for 1.1 GB all of them until 1 am. You can top up for 7 days 15 BOB for 300 MB and 30 BOB for 1 GB. You can top up for 30 days 50 BOB for 750 MB, 100 BOB for 2.5 GB and 300 BOB for 18 GB.

BOLIVIA SIM CARD CONCLUSION

My Bolivia Sim Card Conclusion is getting Entel if you are planning to travel around Bolivia since the coverage is better and prices are similar to Tigo. Unless you are staying in a city like La Paz or Santa Cruz and you can go for a small company like Viva with better prices and packages for a sim card in Bolivia.

BOLIVIA POCKET WIFI

If you prefer Bolivia Pocket Wifi a Hotspot can be the best option. You will avoid changing sim card and just landing in Bolivia you will start getting data connection. Read here our full review of Tep Wireless Hotspot with all the details, prices, coverage and how it works.

The price is €7.95 to get wifi when traveling and it includes truly unlimited internet, which is never cut off, regardless how much you use with unlimited wifi and can connect up to 5 devices. If you use more than 1GB in a day, your connection speed will get slowed to 256kbs.

The connection speed will return to normal the next day. Click here, to buy your Tep Wireless Hotspot now. If you add the promo code GAMINTRAVELER you will get 10% discount!

BEST TIME TO VISIT BOLIVIA

The best time to visit Bolivia is during the months of May to October. This is because the dry weather brings sapphire skies and less travel disruptions. Keep in mind that this period is also the peak season for tourism. The majority of the festivals fall from February to April. Carnivals and Easter fall on this months resulting heavy traffic and closed attractions.

If you are up for adventure including trekking and hiking, the best months for you June to July. In this months, days are shorter but usually sunny, and the skies are crystal clear.

Click here to check the weather in Bolivia.

CASH AND ATM IN BOLIVIA

Up until 1963, the currency of Bolivia is Boliviano, and then it was changed to Bolivian Peso. But in 1986, it was changed back to Bolivian Boliviano (BOB) because of the New Economy Policy.

More or less, 1 USD = 7 BOB. There are many currency exchange outlets all over the Bolivia. There are a lot of ATMs in the country and it is always near banks. Always keep that in mind so you will not have a hard time finding where to withdraw your money. Click here to know the exact exchange rate.

FOOD BUDGET TRAVEL IN BOLIVIA

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You can look for local food stalls or food shops that sells a meal for at least $2 USD to $3 USD it means 15-20 BOB. Most of the dishes are with meat and chicken, though. So be prepared for that. As street food saltenas empanadas and bolivianas are served all over the country as cheap as half dollar. On an average, $10 USD a day is a good food budget travel in Bolivia. You can afford to go to local restaurants since is affordable.

ACCOMMODATION BUDGET TRAVEL IN BOLIVIA

You can stay in private hostels room will cost at least $10 to $15 USD a night. The best value in the country are family run hotels which are often called Hostals or Alojamientos. You can get for $30-50 USD a mid budget accommodation in Bolivia. For $50 USD and up but it will make you feel home and comfortable.

You can try AirBnB in Bolivia and find places for $20-30USDClick here to get €25 off your first booking with AirBnB.

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Happy Travels!

Ruben Arribas is a Spanish traveler who has traveled more than 70+ countries around the world. Now based in the Philippines!

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