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Getting Around Bolivia By Bike

Bolivia’s dramatic scenery makes the country ideal for distance biking, though its weather conditions and varying altitude may do the opposite. If you choose to brave the roads, take comfort in the fact that over the last decade major sections of the road system have been improved significantly. Routes down to the nor-Yungas, especially the “World’s Most Dangerous Road” alternative, are a fine example of this.


Your Own Bike

If you intend on bringing your own bike to Bolivia, it is sensible to have proof of ownership with you to ease the customs process. This can be complex depending on the officer; if you are charged, ask to speak to a superior and find out exactly what you are paying for. You should also bring all spares for any repairs that you may have to do, as imported parts are extremely hard to find. Most major cities will have a bike shop where basic repairs can be made, however, your safest bet is to do everything you can yourself. The best way to secure your bike at night is to take it into your hotel room with you, something that many places will let you do.



Renting a bike is a great, cheap way to explore Bolivia’s alitplano. They are widely available for hire in all tourist hot spots, try sport equipment rental shops and even some hotels and hostels. As with all rented bikes however, the equipment may be old and not in the best condition; check your bike thoroughly, and if you are not satisfied, find another.

Here are some related tips to help plan your trip to Bolivia: Getting To and Away, Parque Nacional Noel Kempff Mercado Tours, Getting To and Away From Huatajata, International Bolivia Flights, Getting Around Bolivia By Boat, Crossing to Brazil from GuayaramerĂ­n, Getting Around Bolivia By Car, Getting Around, Tarija from Salta and Getting To and From San Ignacio de Moxos.

By Margaret Rode
A self-professed city girl, sassy staff writer Margaret Rode hails from Chicago where she received Bachelor degrees in English Literature and Spanish...
24 Sep 2009

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