Discover the best time to visit Bolivia

Bolivia is truly wild. The climate ranges from desert to tropical, so with its stark, endless landscapes and thick, tropical jungles, planning the best time to visit can be something of a minefield. Thankfully, we’ve made the process easier for you so you can plan your trip accordingly. After all, the rain just doesn’t do all that stunning scenery justice!

Bolivia's climate by region

  • Weather
  • Temperature (celsius)
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Salt FlatsSunny IntervalsSunny IntervalsSunSunSunSunSunSunSunSunSunSunny Intervals
WestRainRainShowersCloudSunny IntervalsSunSunSunny IntervalsCloudCloudShowersRain
Central MountainsRainRainShowersCloudSunny IntervalsSunny IntervalsSunny IntervalsSunSunny IntervalsCloudShowersRain
Amazon BasinRainRainRainShowersShowersShowersSunny IntervalsSunny IntervalsSunny IntervalsShowersShowersShowers
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Salt Flats161615151311111316171817
Central Mountains171717181513131416171717
Amazon Basin272727262626242424272727
couple jumping at salt flats in bolivia

Salt Flats - when to go

Probably the most iconic image of Bolivia is the famous salt flats. As you might expect, the climate here is unlike anywhere else in the country. With a cold desert climate the months of August to October tend to be the best time of year to visit, though your chances of rainfall are minimal all year round.

View our Salt Flats trip

West - when to go

Bolivia’s wild west, specifically Copacabana and the city of La Paz, has a subtropical highland climate La Paz, is famously the world’s highest administrative capital, so it’s no wonder the altitude dictates the weather here. The ideal time of year to visit is between May and October though February to May is also good. To dodge the rain give December and January a fairly wide berth.

View our La Paz trip
Bolivia view of city with red tile rooftops

Central Mountains - when to go

The cities of Potosi and Sucre fall firmly into the central mountainous area of Bolivia. In this region you’ll find mild temperatures throughout most of the year. There’s more rainfall between November and April, but fewer crowds too. As our trip name suggests, spring-time is the nicest time of year to visit Sucre.

View our Sucre trip
Bolivia colorful parrots flying in jungle

Amazon Basin - when to go

It rains a lot; it’s the Amazon! This means it’s hot and humid all year round so you’ll want to pack layers. There’s slightly less rain from July through to September, but you can still expect to get wet. Sometimes these months can ever bring a short cold snap, so you’ll need to prepare for the unexpected.

View our Amazon trip
  • a boat on a river
  • a group jump om the salt flats
  • a caiman in the mud
  • a local woman in a Bolivian market
  • a pink lake and mountain
  • peru machu picchu train cusco_landscape_
capibara bathing in waterWildlife
Bolivia might not be famous for wildlife, but head to the Bolivian Amazon basin & you'll be surprised to discover tropical jungle & vast pampas full of life.
Wildlife in Bolivia

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