Bolivia Driving Advice and Car Hire Info

The research for this website was carried out mainly in 2011 and 2012. Therefore there is a good chance that much of the information may now be out of date. This is particularly true of countries in the developing world, especially Asia and Africa where conditions can change often. Also, the political climate in many countries has changed a lot in recent years. Therefore the information on this website should be treated with caution. You should always check with your Government’s website or the UK Foreign office travel advice website before finalising plans to drive abroad.

Driving In Bolivia
Driving abroad in Bolivia is famous for having some of the most alarming roads in the world. Roads that intrepid self drivers will just love to show off to friends via photos and videos when they get home. Type ‘Bolivia Death Road’ into Google and prepare to be stunned by some of the jaw dropping images it will return. Some routes along the Andes are single lane, dirt roads with breathtaking dropoffs. Although La Paz, Santa Cruz, and Cochabamba are connected by improved highways, the vast majority of roads in Bolivia are unpaved.
For trips outside the major cities, especially in mountainous areas, a four-wheel-drive vehicle is highly recommended. Travel during the rainy season (November to March) is difficult, as most routes are potholed, and some roads and bridges are washed out. High altitude trips can be very cold, especially in the winter (June-August). Low altitude trips in the tropics can be hot, dusty and humid. Added dangers are the absence of formal training for most drivers, poor maintenance and overloaded vehicles, lack of lights on some vehicles at night, and intoxicated or overly tired drivers, including commercial bus and truck drivers who may be driving a double shift with a mouth full of Coca leaves.

This website provides useful route planning info for all countries in South America including Bolivia.

Bolivia Car Rental-
Avis and Dollar have branches in Bolivia, Also usually features on Car rental broker sites such as Argus Car Hire
This is a long established local company who allow cross border rentals. They can advise on rates and where the car can be taken.

This is a South American company who handle rental in Bolivia,

Bolivia Self Driving Rules –
The local company mentioned requires drivers to be min age 25.




    I’m planing on visiting Bolivia (21st Dec to 27th Dec) with 2 other persons and as we will be in Argentina (Salta) before that, we are looking for a car rental + driver (from what i read, seems much more reasonable) that will take us from the south of Bolivia like Yacuìba or Tarija torwards La Paz. I could without too much difficulty find a car to rent, i was a bit surprised by the price (approx. 1300 $ and limited Km…), but i can’t find any driver, and i’m not confident enough to drive by ourself through the country.
    Do you know where i could some contact information on a reliable driver ? Do they usually have their own cars or do they drive the one we rent ? I’ll be glad with any piece of information you can provide me with.
    I’m looking forward to hearing from you.
    Best regards,

  2. Driver Abroad

    I’m not sure on that Bart. I’d suggest using a forum specific to that country such as Trip Advisor or Lonely Planet Thorn Tree to ask if anyone can help.

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