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Women Travelers in Bolivia

Although many women travel alone through Bolivia without any problems, the solo female traveler should always make sure to stay alert and act with caution. Traveling alone to remote areas is never a good idea. You can greatly increase your level of safety by sticking to areas frequented by tourists, where you may be able to meet some new traveling buddies.

That said, no matter where you may be you should never wander the streets at night. And be sure to take radio taxis—company contracted cars that are clearly marked as taxis. Highly crowded areas such as bus stations or local street celebrations also make you more susceptible to petty crime, so watch for pickpockets and keep your bags with you and close to your body at all times. It’s not a bad idea to hide a bit of money in a sock or undergarment so that you won’t be stuck penniless in the event of a theft.

Ultimately, a little common sense will go a long way. As a foreign woman, you’re already going to attract the attention of local males, so don’t elevate the risk factor by flirting and wearing revealing clothing or gaudy jewelry. Wearing a wedding ring and speaking of a husband, however, may help to deter unwanted male attention. If a stranger whistles or makes a provocative comment, which will inevitably occur, try not to react. It’s best to avoid eye contact and continue on your way. If you are lost or feel uncomfortable, try not to let it show. A nervous confused woman makes for a much easier target than a secure and confident one. Finally, when in need of directions, the safest bet is to ask a local woman.

Here are some related tips to help plan your trip to Bolivia: Traveling with Children in Bolivia, Adventure Travel, Tarata, Cliza, Arani, Punata and surrounds, Social and Environmental Issues, Lodging in Bolivia, Lake Titicaca Tours, Holiday and Festivals Listing, Tarija When to Go, Totora and Saftey in Paque Nacional Madidi.

By Emma Mueller
“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” – Henry...
18 Jun 2009

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