What to Wear in Bolivia

by | Apr 7, 2017

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Last updated on November 19th, 2023

If you’re headed to the highlands around La Paz, think layers. You will experience all four seasons in one day. Fleece is nice, but you can purchase wonderfully warm alpaca sweaters there (called: “chompas”).

In the lowlands, in Santa Cruz city, young women dress very stylishly. Short skirts, sleeveless tops, etc. But be aware, you will draw a lot of attention as non-Bolivian. Think hot and humid from Sept-April, then cool and humid the rest of the year. Again, layers are good, also clothing that dries quickly.

Brooke, Cambridge, USA

Baggy jeans and sweatshirts do not go over very well in Bolivia if you are in the cities. I recommend nice jeans and pants and shoes with heels. Only if you are traveling back pack style or going out to run would I break out the sweats. Otherwise Bolivian women are much dressier.

Kelsey, Miami, USA

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