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Currency, Exchange, Credit Cards, ATMs in Bolivia

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Currency

Official currency of Bolivia is Boliviano (code BOB; symbol Bs), divided into 100 centavos. Notes come in the following denominations: Bs200, Bs100, Bs50, Bs20, Bs10 and Bs5. Coins are in denominations of Bs5, Bs2, Bs1, and 50, 20 and 10 centavos.

Foreign Currency Exchange

Foreign currency can be exchanged at some banks in larger cities, at money exchange offices ('casas de cambio'), some hotels, some travel agencies or at street money changers ('cambistas'). Recommended foreign currency to take to Bolivia is US dollar - other currencies can be more difficult to change, particularly at street money changers who only change US dollars.

Note that changing money at street money changers is the least safe way to get your bolivianos; if you need to change money on the street, be careful you don't get ripped off.

On many occasions travelers can pay in US dollars that are widely accepted in hotels or tourist stores.

ATMs

Automated Teller Machines (ATMs), called 'cajero automaticos' are available in cities, larger towns and in tourist areas. A lot of ATMs in Bolivia dispense both bolivianos and US dollars. The majority of machines accept cards on Cirrus and Plus networks. Note that some small towns, including some popular tourist destinations, don't have any ATMs, so relying on only ATMs to get the cash is not recommended.

Credit Cards

Credit cards are accepted in Bolivia by many businesses, like hotels, shops or restaurants. Smaller establishments will most likely not accept credit cards. The acceptance is generally limited to Visa and MasterCard, but some merchants will also take American Express and Diners Club.

Traveler's Checks

Traveler's checks can be cashed at banks, major hotels and money exchange offices. A commission of up to 5% will apply in most cases. The exchange rate is usually worse than for cash. The best option is to take checks in US dollars or euros, as other currencies may not be accepted.

Banking Hours

Typically banks are open from 9:00am to 4:00pm, Monday to Friday. Some banks are open Saturday mornings.


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