Alpacas in Sajama National Park, Bolivia

Best time to visit Bolivia

April to October, the dry season, is generally considered to be the best time to visit Bolivia, often with crisp, clear blue skies and bright sunny days, though nights and early mornings crisp can be cold as it's dry season.

Embrace the seasons!

Bolivia can be visited at any time of year but there are marked differences between the seasons and regions. Winter days tend to be sunny and dry and nights cold, while summer is the rainy season but good for certain areas.

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Cactus Island (Isla Incahuasi), Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia © Hakat,Shutterstock

Seasons in Bolivia

There are two distinct seasons, wet and dry, in Bolivia, which have marked differences in climate and conditions.

Hiking through rainforest in Bolivia © DBurlakov,Shutterstock

Dry season (April to October)

This is considered the best time to visit Bolivia. All areas are accessible and days are bright and skies are clear, though nights are chilly. These are great conditions for trekking, mountain biking and climbing in the highlands. The lowlands are cooler and less humid than in the wet season, though rain is still possible. Between July and August cold fronts sweep up from Patagonia which can cause the temperature to drop dramatically, even in the Amazon.

View of Oruro, Bolivia © Shutterstock

Wet season (November to March)

At this time of year some areas will become inaccessible by road and travel generally becomes more difficult. The wet and muddy conditions make for more challenging hiking and biking in the highlands and climbing should be avoided in these months. The rainy season brings hot and humid weather to the lowlands, trekking trails can be muddy and clouds sometimes obscure the views. Floods often occur in the Amazon and roads may be impassable. However, the summer months are good for visiting the Andes when the Altiplano hillsides are transformed for a time into lush wild flower grasslands.

Weather by region

Bolivia can be divided into two regions, the highlands, or altiplano, to the west of the Andes Mountains, and the lowlands, including the Amazon, to the east.

Geyser at Sol de Manana in Eduardo Avaroa National Reserve , Altiplano, Bolivia © Shutterstock

Highlands

April to October (winter) are the best months for outdoor pursuits with bright, sunny, dry days. Nights can be cold, especially in June and July. Wet season, November to March, brings more testing conditions for trekking and biking, with mud likely, higher temperature and increased humidity. Heavy rainfall can disrupt travel.

Amazon rainforest, Bolivia © FFrazao,shutterstock

Lowlands

The winter months of April to October are the driest, though rain should always be expected in the rainforest, and coolest. In the wet season from November to March, as the name implies there is a lot of rain couple with high temperature and humidity. Flooding may occur in the Amazon and roads can be blocked.

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