Climate Bolivia

Bolivia has a tropical monsoon climate. You have high temperatures and a lot of rainfall throughout the year. The average annual temperature for Bolivia is 18° degrees and there is about 509 mm of rain in a year. It is dry for 149 days a year with an average humidity of 66% and an UV-index of 4.

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Climate Bolivia by month

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Day temp. (°C) 18 18 18 18 17 17 17 18 19 20 20 19
Night temp. (°C) 11 11 10 9 7 6 6 7 9 11 11 12
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Precipitation (mm) 93 76 68 29 12 5 5 7 16 48 65 85
Days with rain 24 22 22 16 9 5 5 6 10 19 21 24
Dry days 7 6 9 14 22 25 26 25 20 12 9 7
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Sun hours per day 10 9 8 9 7 7 8 10 10 11 12 11
Wind force (Bft) 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
UV-index 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 5 4 5

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Best time to visit Bolivia

Bolivia's climate varies by region. There are three main regions that influence the weather in Bolivia: the Altiplano in the west, the central highlands in the south-central region just beyond the Andes, and the tropical lowlands in the east.

The weather pattern changes depending on the region and the time of year. And there is a wet season and a dry season to consider before booking a trip to Bolivia.

Best time to visit in general

For most travelers, May-Oct is the best time to visit Bolivia. This is the dry period, but also the Bolivian winter. The highlands can be cold then and at night in the desert it can get well below freezing, especially in June and July.

The humid jungle does benefit from these cooler temperatures. The beginning of the dry season in April-May, has lower prices and fewer crowds, but still feels fresh from the recent rains. October and November are also dry but warmer, with spring approaching and crowds spreading.

Dry and wet seasons

Instead of the traditional four seasons, Bolivia has only the dry and wet seasons. Although these vary somewhat throughout the country, the dry season usually begins in May and ends in late November.

The wet season takes up the rest of the year. The torrential rains usually fall between January and March. The other relatively wet months usually have at most one localized rainfall event per day.


In the southern Altiplano the sky is beautifully blue, but it is also very cold, dropping well below freezing at night. The rainy season here runs from November to March and can sometimes cause hindrance on the roads. However, travel is possible.

Central Highlands

The best time to visit the highlands in Bolivia is from April to October. This is the cold winter period, but it should be dry with plenty of blue skies and sunshine and temperatures around 10°C.

Tropical Lowlands

The eastern lowlands, including Santa Cruz and the Amazon, have warm temperatures between 15°C and 31°C throughout the year. You'll have mostly dry and sunny weather here, but temperatures can still plummet at night. So dress warmly.

Bolivia weather by month

What is the average Bolivia weather like in a given month? Let's find out! Click on a month to check all the monthly averages for sunshine, temperature highs and lows, percentage chance of rain per day, snowfall accumulation and number of rainy days.

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Frequently asked questions

Where is Bolivia?

Bolivia lies in a straight line about 15,781 km from India (New Delhi → Sucre).

How long is the flight to Bolivia?

The flight time from Indira Gandhi to Bolivia is approximately 19 h. 50 min.

What are the largest airports in Bolivia?

These are the largest airports in Bolivia:

  • Viru Viru International Airport (VVI) in Santa Cruz
  • Jorge Wilsterman International Airport (CBB) in Cochabamba
  • Juana Azurduy De Padilla Airport (SRE) in Sucre
  • Capitan Oriel Lea Plaza Airport (TJA) in Tarija
  • Capitán Aníbal Arab Airport (CIJ) in Cobija
  • Capitán Av. Salvador Ogaya G. airport (PSZ) in Puerto Suárez
  • El Trompillo Airport (SRZ) in Santa Cruz de la Sierra
  • El Alto International Airport (LPB)

How many inhabitants does Bolivia have?

Bolivia has 11,145,770 inhabitants.

How big is Bolivia?

The surface area of Bolivia is 1,098,580 km². It is 3x smaller than India.

What is the capital of Bolivia?

The capital of Bolivia is Sucre.

What is the area code of Bolivia?

The area code to call Bolivia is +591.

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