Bolivia (IFMSA-Bolivia) - Universidad Aut
Obgyn, Pneumology, Surgery, Pediatrics, Urology, Neonatology, Neurology
All Year
Host family
Host Family
Same as EC in General
Daniela Alejandra Duran Quinteros
Welcome to one of the most hidden and wonderful countries of South America , known as the heart of Latin America, a country that will captivate you with its cities and its people , if you're looking for new experiences , adventure , and learn from our healthcare system and acquire new knowledge , Bolivia is the right place , we are waiting for you to live this great experience together.Beautiful and mountainous but poor, Bolivia literally takes your breath away the moment you land. This is a country of dizzying contrasts: of steamy jungles and snow-capped Andean peaks; of indigenous women in bowler hats and grubby-faced children; of dynamite-laden miners and 2.5 million llamas. It's also rich with superlatives, with the world's highest capital (La Paz) and lake (Titicaca), most dangerous road (Coroico) and biggest salt flat (Salar de Uyuni). More than anything, Bolivia's extremes evoke laughs, tears, joy, and sadness -- the dizzying, exhilarating gamut of emotions. location great wonders in the world, the question is: what are you waiting fot visit?

Good medical facilties do exist in Bolivia, but the quality of the services they provide and the availability of essential medical technology vary greatly. For the most part, avoid state-run hospitals and clinics as they usually have only the minimum necessary medical equipment and often run short medications and vaccinations. Waiting times are extremely long.

Medical facilities are sometimes not equipped to handle very serious conditions, and those that do have more advance technology and instruments (private clinics), are usually quite expensive. If you don’t have medical insurance, you will have to pay out-of-pocket, but keep in mind that even the best, most modern medical facilities usually cost much less in Bolivia than in developed countries.

  • We work with best hospitals of the country 
  • All the students have a tutor that make a evaluation of all the days ( We provide a handbook)
  • The Hospital Director sign the Certificate
  • We need a good performance in the subjects in all the exchange , Usually the Residents make some extra tests.
  • If the student have a good performance , we or the hospital can provide a acknowledgment cerfificate for the work
  • The students have a good chance to work with the patients , and enter to the surgeries if they show a good work
Labs are equipped.

The ethnic composition of Bolivia is diverse. The largest of the approximately three dozen native groups are the Quechuas (2.5 million),Aymaras (2 million), then Chiquitano (180,000), and Guaraní (125,000). So the full Amerindian population is at 55%; the remaining 30% are mestizo (mixed Amerindian and white), and around 15% are white.

Indigenous, also called "originarios" ("native" or "original") and less frequently, Amerindians, can be Andean, as the Aymaras andQuechuas (which formed the ancient Inca Empire), which concentrate in the western departments of La PazPotosíOruroCochabambaand Chuquisaca. There also is an important oriental ethnic population, composed by the Guaraní and Moxos, among others, and that inhabit the departments of Santa CruzBeniTarija and Pando. The indigenous people compose the 60% of the Bolivian population.

Mestizos are distributed throughout the entire country and compose the 26% of the Bolivian population. Most people assume their mestizoidentity while at the same time identifying themselves with one or more indigenous cultures.

Whites are usually concentrated in the largest cities; La PazSanta Cruz de la Sierra and Cochabamba, but as well in some minor cities like Tarija. In the Santa Cruz Departmentthere are several dozen colonies of German-speaking Mennonites with about 70,000 inhabitants in 2012.[66] Whites represent 15% of the total Bolivian population.

Afro Bolivians, descendents of African slaves which arrived in the times of the Spanish Empire, inhabit the department of La Paz, and located mainly in the provinces of Nor Yungas and Sud Yungas. Slavery was abolished in Bolivia in 1831.

Asians are mainly Japanese (14.000), Chinese (4.600), Koreans and Lebanese.

There are small numbers of European citizens of GermanyFranceItaly and Portugal, as well as coming from other American countries, as ArgentinaBrazilChileColombia,CubaEcuadorUnited StatesParaguayPeruMexico and Venezuela, among others. There are important Peruvian colonies in La PazEl Alto and Santa Cruz de la Sierra.

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The following nationalities will not need a visa for short stays of less than 90 days as tourists: Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany,Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico, Monaco, Norway, New Zealand, Netherlands, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, Uruguay, Vatican City, and Venezuela . Check this information with your home country. Canadians do not need a visa to visit Bolivia but can only stay a max. of 30 days without a tourist visa and 90 with a tourist visa.

Visitors from countries from Group 2  can obtain visa on arrival for a fee of around 50 USD (370 BOB) payable at the border. Alternatively, obtained at a Bolivian consulate in advance, the visa is free (photo, yellow fever vaccination, photocopies of some passport pages etc.). It takes between five minutes and 24 hours to obtain the visa at the consulate. The visa is for 30 days. Extensions are possible at immigration offices in Bolivian cities, but not at immigration offices at border crossings. An extension for 30 more days costs 210 BOB. The immigration office in La Paz is pretty busy and bureaucracy and photocopies rule the day. You will need a photo of yourself and photocopies of a few things, depending on who you talk to. Then you need to come back 24 hours later to pick up your passport. Extensions in smaller cities might be less hassle. Depending on how many days more you need to stay in Bolivia, you might be better off overstaying your visa and paying a fine at the border (20 BOB per day). This way you also save a page in your passport. All prices are as of June 2013.

The following nationalities normally cannot obtain a visa on arrival: Afghanistan, Angola, Bhutan, Cambodia, Chad, East Timor, Indonesia, Iraq, Libya, Pakistan, Nigeria, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen, and those from the West Bank and Gaza Strip. However, under urgent and special circumstances, foreigners in this group can obtain visas at the port of entry. US citizens will normally receive a triple-entry visa valid for 3 entries per year over a 5-year period.

Holders of Indian passport can obtain visa on arrival or in advanced at any Bolivian Embassy or Consulate - the visa will not take more than 24hrs to be issued and most times are issued on the spot, as long as the applicant presents the following documents: passport, photos, itinerary of travels in Bolivia, photocopy of credit cards and hotel reservations. And Indians also walk away with no visa fees (gratis visa). 

Note that all business travellers and persons wishing to stay longer than 90 days in a year must obtain a visa in advance.

Unless you are under the age of 1, you will need a yellow fever vaccination certificate to apply for a visa.

Arriving overland from Peru, US citizen tourist visas can be obtained at the border. Officially, they require a visa application form, a copy of the passport, a copy of yellow fever vaccination, a copy of an itinerary leaving Bolivia, evidence of economic solvency, a hotel reservation or written invitation, and a 4cm X 4cm or "passport sized" photo. A $135 dollar fee is also required, payable in freshly minted cash. Any old or marked bills will not be accepted. There are photocopy machines at the Border crossing in 

By plane

Air travel is the obvious way to get to Bolivia, the main airports are located in La Paz to the western side of the country and in Santa Cruz to the east. The arrival plan must be based mostly in the purpose of your visit to the country; you have to remember that La Paz receives most of their visitors due to the immense culture and heritage from the Incas and other indigenous cultures from the Andean region, and therefore from La Paz it is easier to move to the Tiwanaku ruins, Oruro’s carnival, Potosí’s mines, UyuniLake TiticacaLos Yungas valley and the Andes Mountains; since La Paz is the seat of government all the embassies and foreign organizations have their headquarters in the city, which is useful in case of an emergency. On the other side, Santa Cruz with a warmer weather could become a good location for doing business visit other alternatives in tourism like the Misiones, the Noel Kempff Mercado national park or visit the eastern cities. There are also some foreign consulates in Santa Cruz. But don’t forget that the cities in the south and central Bolivia, like CochabambaTarija and Sucre also offer a very rich experience; there are several ways to get to these cities from La Paz or Santa Cruz.

From Europe

Following on from Aerosur's demise in September 2012, the best options from Europe to Bolivia are now with Air Europa or Boliviana de Aviacion from Madrid to Santa Cruz. Other connections can be made in neighbouring countries such as Brazil or Peru, or in the U.S. The cost could go from 1000-1200€ to other higher prices depending on the class and duration.

From Latin America

Airlines that fly into Bolivia from other Latin American countries include LAN from Santiago via Iquique and from Lima, and TACA Perú from Lima to La Paz. Amaszonas flies from Cuzco to La Paz. Avianca flies from Bogotá to La Paz. TAM Mercosur flies from São Paulo and Buenos Aires to Santa Cruz via Asunción. Copa Airlines has begun to fly to Santa Cruz from Panama City. Gol Airlines (from São Paulo and Campo Grande, Brazil) and Aerolineas Argentinas (from Buenos Aires) also fly directly to Santa Cruz. Boliviana de Aviación flies from Buenos Aires and São Paulo to Santa Cruz.

From the USA

There are departures from Miami to La Paz and Santa Cruz on American Airlines. Connections are also possible on Latin American airlines such as LAN, Copa, Avianca, and TACA.

Once you have your international flight booked, it's far easier and cheaper to organize your internal flights from the point of departure.

By train

There are many train lines in Bolivia, each with varying degrees of quality and efficiency. However, adequate transportation via train can be found.

The FCA timetable can be found at their website [6].

Watch your belongings.

By car

It is common for tourists to travel through a land border at the north-east of Chile/ South-West of Bolivia.

Keep in mind that only about 5% of all the roads in Bolivia are paved. However, most major routes between cities are paved (Aka big cities, Santa Cruz, La Paz, Cochabamba, Sucre) . 4x4 is particularly required when off the flatter altiplano. Be aware that in mountainous regions traffic sometimes switches sides of the road. This is to ensure the driver has a better view of the dangerous drops.

An international drivers license is required but * most* times EU or US drivers licenses will be accepted. There are frequent police controls on the road and tolls to be paid for road use.

By bus

There are many options for traveling from Argentina to Bolivia by bus. Check out the Bolivian Embassy's website [7] in Argentina for specific options. There is also a bus that runs from Juliaca and Puno in Peru to Copacabana.

By boat

It is common for tourists to arrive in Bolivia by boat, by navigating from the port city of Puno, Peru, over Lake Titicaca.

Get around

Transportation strikes (bloqueos) are a common occurrence in Bolivia, so try to keep tuned to local news. Strikes often affect local taxis as well as long-distance buses; airlines are generally unaffected. Do not try to go around or through blockades (usually of stones, burning tires, or lumber). Strikers may throw rocks at your vehicle if you try to pass the blockade. Violence has sometimes been reported. Many strikes only last a day or two. There is a government website with a live map showing which roads are closed or affected by landslides [8].

By bus

Bus transportation in Bolivia is a nice cheap way to get to see the beautiful scenery while traveling to your destination. Unfortunately the buses often travel solely at night. There are different types of buses: "bed bus" with fully reclinable seats and leg platform (bus cama), "semi-bed bus" (semi cama), normal. Keep in mind that roads are occasionally blocked due to protests, often for several days. So ask several companies at the terminal if you hear about blockades, unless you are willing to spend a few days sleeping on the bus. Bus travel is usually pretty cheap. Estimate that it will cost you about 1 USD for every hour of travel (it's easier to find travel times online than actual price quotes). Prices do change based on supply and demand. Sometimes you can get a deal by waiting until the last minute to buy. Hawkers are constantly crying out destinations in the bigger bus stations cajoling potential riders to take their bus line. There is a negligible tax for using bus terminals, you pay it as you leave.

Usually you have to "check-in" your big bags for the travel - they get a tag and get to the baggage compartment and you get a copy of tag. Overhead reading lamps and air conditioners on buses rarely work (if at all). There usually technically is a WC on board, but is never open. Rather the bus stops in some predefined "stations" for WC (baño) and eating. On longer journeys they'll start some movie on TV in the bus - most are brutal ones. Sometimes (usually when leaving) people gather around or enter the bus to sell food (cuñape, salteña, pollo) to the travelers. At times "brainwashers" enter the bus to sell some books (i.e. health-related) - they tell (using their "plastic" voice) people different things to persuade them to buy their stuff.

On average, bus companies are not-that-great to decent, but some are just really bad. It is recommended not to travel with Urus, as they drive less safely than others, and include many many stops which unnecessarily prolong the ride.

By plane

Flying within Bolivia is quick and fairly economical.

  • Aerocon [9] - flies from Trinidad to the harder to reach places of in northeastern Bolivia like Cobija, Guayaramerin, Riberalta and Santa Ana (La Paz region). They also fly to La Paz, Cochabamba, Tarija, Yacuiba, and Santa Cruz. In Santa Cruz, their office is in Aeropuerto El Trompillo.
  • <listing name="Amaszonas" alt="" address="Av. Saavedra Nº 1649, Miraflores, La Paz" directions="" phone="+591 2 222-0848" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="">Most famous for their La Paz to Rurrenabaque route but also fly to Uyuni, Trinidad, Guayaramerin, Riberalta, Cobija, San Borja, Cochabamba and Santa Cruz. Fares are listed under "tarifas" on their website, listed below. Their office in Santa Cruz is in El Trompillo airport.</listing>
  • Boliviana de Aviación - BoA [10] - the national airline of Bolivia. Provides economical and reliable travel between the main cities of Bolivia. You can book your tickets online or at BoA-offices in Santa Cruz, La Paz or Cochabamba. Main office in Cochabamba, Calle Jordán #202 esq. Nataniel Aguirre. email: phone: +591 901 10 50 10 fax: +591 4 4116477
  • <listing name="Gol" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="+55 11 3169-6100" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long=""> - has a nightly flight from Santa Cruz into Campo GrandeBrazil for just US$100. </listing>
  • <listing name="TAM" alt="Transporte Aéreo Militar" address="Montes n 738, La Paz" phone="+591 3 352-9669" phoneextra="+591 2 284-1884" url="">Not to be confused with the homonymous Brazilian-Paraguayan airline, this airline is operated as a civilian service of the Bolivian Air Force and is one of the most well organized and reliable. Their office in Santa Cruz is in El Trompillo Airport, where all of their planes leave from. They fly between La Paz, Cochabamba, Santa Cruz, and Sucre daily. Among internal airlines, they are usually the cheapest. Weight restrictions are 15kg checked and 3kg carry on. They will take bags heavier than this for 5 Bs. per kilo over. </listing>

By train

On some routes, the roads are in such a dire condition that the train becomes the alternative of choice. Trains are more comfortable than one would expect, having for example reclinable seats. The trip from Oruro to Uyuni is especialy beautiful, with the train going literally through an Andean lake on the way. The train is especially good for trips to the Salar de Uyuni and the Pantanal.

Coming from La Paz, you need to take a three hour bus ride to Oruro to catch the train. You best book your tickets a few days before your trip. In La Paz booking office is at Fernando Guachalla No. 494, at the corner with Sánchez Lima (between the Plaza del Estudiante and Plaza Abaroa). Main stops are UyuniTupiza and Villazon, on the Argentine border. Travel times here. [11].

Between Santa Cruz and the Pantanal it is more straightfoward to organize a trip. Just go to the Terminal Bimodal in Santa Cruz (see the Santa Cruz page for details), or the train station on the border in Puerto Quijarro. The train is also convenient for trips to the Jesuit Missions. Check the website [12] for timetables.

By taxi

Shared taxis are common for longer trips between towns and cities that aren't served by bus.


We guarantee an active social program , with :

  • We make a Welcome party with all our students
  • We prepare a City tour in all the LCs
  • We have a different party for every weekend :)
  • A short trip to near towns
  • If you have extra time , we usually make a Trip in the country. Please contact us