If you would like to discover Bolivia, a rental car is highly recommended. Traveling with a rental car is an ideal way of discovering places and points of interest that are hard to reach by public transportation. 

For driving in Bolivia a valid driver’s licence from the country of residence is required. But to avoid discussions with the Police during routine checks it is better to take an international driver's license with you.

The traffic regulations generally correspond to the international standard, are however often not strictly applied by the locals. People honk before reaching unclear locations, curves and at crossings to indicate the right of way. On single lane roads in the mountains, the one driving up hill has the right of way and the others must wait. You should be especially careful at night: streets and other cars as well as bikes often have poor lights or none at all. 

Speed limit: in the cities, the speed limit is 40 km/h and 10 km/h in the vicinity of schools. The speed limit outside the cities is 80 km/h.

At higher elevations, the gasoline consumption also often increases to over 20 liters / 100 km. Be sure to fill your tank regularly and possibly take along a reserve canister.

Which rental car is the right one?

Not all rental cars are suitable for all routes in Bolivia. Many roads are in good condition, but there are also gravel and dirt roads for which we recommend an off-road vehicle. This especially is the case during the rainy season from November to March. For this reason, you will find the necessary information concerning road conditions, estimated travel times and distances for every trip on the maps from If an off-road vehicle is absolutely necessary, this is clearly indicated on the section of the map. Use this information when planning your trip in Latin America.