We feel one of the best ways to prepare for one’s journey is to do some background reading before your trip starts. These are some of the books we recommend reading (in alphabetical order) before leaving for your trip to Bolivia. We travel to many different regions and activities and this list reflects that diversity.Adventure

Back From Tuichi by Yossi Ghinsberg, Published by Random House, 1993

Exploration of the Valley of the Amazon by William Lewis Herndon, Gary Kinder (Editor), Lardner Gibbon, United States Navy Dept, Grove Press, 2000

Exploring South America by Loren McIntire, Published by New York: Clarkson N. Potter, Inc. 1990

Phoenix: Exploration Fawcett by Percy Fawcett , Phoenix Press, London, 2001

Running the Amazon by Joe Kane, Vintage Books, reprint edition, 1990

The Amazon: Past, Present and Future (Discoveries Series) by Alain Gheerbrant, Harry N Abrams, 1992

The White Rock: An Exploration of the Inca Heartland by Hugh Thomson, Overlook Press, 2003

Hidrografia de Bolivia by the “Servicio Nacional de Hidrografía Naval Boliviana”: Talleres Gráficos del Instituto Geográfico Militar, 1998

Culture & Art

Culture Shock! : Bolivia (Culture Shock – Guides) by Mark Cramer, Graphic Arts Center Publishing Co.

Digging up Butch and Sundance by Anne Meadows, St. Martin’s Press, 1994

Fire from the Andes: Short Fiction by Women from Bolivia, Ecuador, and Peru by Susan E. Benner (Editor), Kathy S. Leonard (Editor), Marjorie Agosin, University of New Mexico Press, 1998

Hotel Bolivia: The Culture of Memory in a Refuge from Nazism by Leo Spitzer, 1999

Llamas, Weavings, and Organic Chocolate: Multicultural Grassroots Development in the Andes and Amazon of Bolivia (From the Helen Kellogg Institute for International Studies) by Kevin Healy

Narrative Threads: Accounting and Recounting in Andean Khipu (Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Series in Latin American and Latino Art and culture) by Jeffrey Quilter (Editor), Gary Urton (Editor)

People of the Tropical Rain Forest edited by Julie Sloan Denslow & Christine Padoch

Rituals of Respect: The Secret of Survival in the High Peruvian Andes by Inge Bolin, Inge Bolia

The Art of Bolivian Highland Weaving by Marjorie. Cason, Watson-Guptill Pub., 1977

Traditional Textiles of the Andes – Life and Cloth in the Highlands by Lynn Meisch

Current Events & Social Issues

Amazon Stranger : A Rainforest Chief Battles Big Oil by Mike Tidwell, The Lyons Press, 2001

Bolivia: The Evolution of a Multi-Ethnic Society by Herbert S. Klein Oxford University Press

Che Guervara and the FBI: The U.S. Political Police Dossier on the Latin American Revolutionary by Michael Ratner (Editor), Michael S. Smith (Editor) Ocean Press, 1997

Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life by Jon Lee Anderson, Grove Press, 1998

Coca, Cocaine and the Bolivian Reality by Madeline Barbara Leons (Editor), Harry Sanabria (Editor)

Cochabamba! : Water Rebellion in Bolivia by Oscar Olivera (Author), Tom Lewis (Author) Consortium Book Sales & Distribution, 2004

Companero: The Life and Death of Che Guevara by Jorge G. Castaneda, Vintage Books, November 1998

Death of a Revolutionary: Che Guevara’s Last Mission by Richard Harris, Richard L. Harris, W.W. Norton & Company, Revised & Updated 2000

Motorcycle Diaries: A Journey Around South America by Ann Wright (Translator), Ernesto Che Guevara, Verso Books, October 1996

Savages by Joe Kane, Vintage Books, reprint edition 1996

Teetering on the Rim by Lesley Gill, Published by Columbia University Press, 2000

The Bolivian Diary of Ernesto Che Guevara by Ernesto Che Guevara, Mary-Alice Waters (Editor), Michael Taber (Translator), Pathfinder Press, 1994

The Complete Bolivian Diaries of Che Guevara, and Other Captured Documents by Ernesto Guevara, Daniel James (Editor), Henry Butterfield Ryan (Introduction), Cooper Square Press, 2000

The Fall of Che Guevara: A Story of Soldiers, Spies, and Diplomats by Henry Butterfield Ryan

We Eat the Mines and the Mines Eat Us by June Nash, Columbia University Press, 1993

Chimane Resource Use and Market Involvement in the Beni Biosphere Reserve, Bolivia by A.Chocchon (Ph.D thesis), Published by University of Florida, Gainesville/Fla. 1992

Ethnobotany & Spirituality

Dance of the Four Winds by Alberto Villoldo & Erik Jendresen, Destiny Books, 1990

Ethnobotany: Evolution of a Discipline by Richard Evans Schultes (Editor), Siri Von Reis (Editor)

Fingerprints of the Gods by Graham Hancock, Published by Crown, 1996

Island of the Sun by Alberto Villoldo & Erik Jendresen, Destiny Books, 1992

Medicine Quest: In Search of Nature’s Healing Secrets by Mark J. Plotkin, Viking Press, 2000

One River – Explorations and Discoveries in the Amazon Rainforest by Wade Davis

Plants of the Gods: Their Sacred, Healing and Hallucinogenic Powers by Richard Evans Schultes, Albert Hofmann, Healing Arts Press, 2nd edition, 2002

Shadows in the Sun: Travels to Landscapes of Spirit and Desire by Wade Davis, Broadway Books, 1999

Tales of a Shaman’s Apprentice – An Ethnobotanist Searches for New Medicines in the Amazon Rain Forest by Mark J. Plotkin, Penguin USA, Reprint edition, 1994

The Killers Within: The Deadly Rise of Drug-Resistant Bacteria by Michael Shnayerson, Mark J. Plotkin, Little Brown & Company, 1st edition, 2002

The Natural History of Medicinal Plants by Judith Sumner, Mark J. Plotkin, Timber Press, 2000

Where the Gods Reign: Plants and Peoples of the Colombian Amazon by Richard Evans Schultes


Healthy Travel: Bugs, Bites & Bowels by Dr. Jane Wilson Howarth

High Altitude: Illness and Wellness by Charles Houston, M.D., Published by ICS Books, 1993

The Kiss of Death: Chagas’ Disease in the Americas by Joseph William Bastien, Univ. of Utah Press, 1998

The Outward Bound Wilderness First-Aid Handbook by Jeff Isaac and Peter Goth, M.D.,


I Am Rich Potosi: The Mountain That Eats Men by Stephen Ferry (Photographer), Eduardo Galeano, Monacelli Press, 1999

Mascaras De Los Andes Bolivianos/Masks of the Bolivian Andes: Masks of the Bolivian Andes by Peter McFarren (Photographer), Sixto Choque (Photographer), Sixto Choque (Editor), Teresa Gisbert (Editor) University of Washington Press, 1994

Smithsonian Atlas of the Amazon by Michael Goulding, Ronaldo Barthem, Efrem Jorge Gondim Ferreira, Smithsonian Institution Press, 2003


A Concise History of Bolivia by Herbert S. Klein, Published by Cambridge Univ. Pr (Trd), February 2003

Ancient Titicaca: The Evolution of Complex Society in Southern Peru and Northern Bolivia by Charles Stanish University of California Press, 2003

Colonialism and Agrarian Transformation in Bolivia: Cochabamba, 1550-1900 by Brooke Larson, Princeton Univ. Press, 1988

Forbidden Archaeology: The Hidden History of the Human Race by Michael A. Cremo, Richard L. Thompson, Published by Torchlight, 1994

Lost Cities and Ancient Mysteries of South America by David Hatcher Childress, Published by Adventures Unlimited Press, 1986

Ritual and Pilgrimage in the Ancient Andes: The Islands of the Sun and the Moon by Brian S. Bauer, Charles Stanish, Univ. of Texas Press; (June 2001

The Conquest of the Incas by John Hemming, Published by New York: Harcourt, Brace Yovanovich, 1970

The History of the Incas by Alfred Metraux, Published by Schocken Books, 1970

The Incas and Their Ancestors: The Archaeology of Peru by Michael E. Moseley, Thames & Hudson, revised edition 2001

The Incas: People of the Sun (Discoveries) by Carmen Bernand, Carmen Bernard, Paul G. Bahn (Translator), Harry N Abrams, 1994

Tiwanaku: Portrait of an Andean Civilization by Alan Kolata, Published by Blackwell Publishers, 1993.

Natural History

A Field Guide to the Mammals of Central America and Southeast Mexico by Reid, F. Oxford Univ. Press, 1997

A guide of the Birds of South America by R. Meyer de Schaunesse, by Livingston Publishing Company, 1970

A Guide to the World’s Best Birdwatching Place: Amboro Protected Area Bolivia by Robin Clarke Gemuseus and Francois Sagot, Published by Armonia, 1996

A Neotropical Companion: An Introduction to the Animals, Plants, and Ecosystems of the New World Tropics by William E. Davis (Illustrator), John C. Kricher, Mark J. Plotkin, Princeton Univ. Press, 2nd Revision edition, 1999

Amazon, The Flooded Forest by Goulding, M., Sterling Publishing Co., 1990

An Annotated List to the birds of Bolivia by J.V. Remsen, Jr. & Melvin A. Traylor, Jr. Buteo books, 1989

Aves de Bolivia by N. Kempff Mercado, Published by Editorial Quisbert, La Paz 1985

Birds of Argentina and Uruguay. A field guide by T.Narosky and D.Yzurieta, Published by Vazquez Mazzini Editores, Buenos Aires 1993

Birds of Southern South America and Antarctica by Pena Martin, Martin Rodolfo De La Pena, Maurice Rumboll, Jorge R. Mata (Illustrator), Princeton Univ. Press, 1998

Birds of Tropical America by S.L.Hilty by V.T.Chapters Publ.Co., 1994

Brazil-Amazon and Pantanal by David L. Pearson, LesBelesky, Les Beletsky, Wildlife Conservation SocietyNew York, N.Y., John Myers (Illustrator), Martha L. Crump (Contributor), Academic Press, 2001

Breakfast of Biodiversity: The Truth About Rain Forest Destruction by John Vandermeer, Vandana Shiva, Ivette Perfecto (Contributor), Food First Books, 1995

Butterflies of South America by D’Abrera by Hill House, 1984

Die grosse Enzyklopadie del Vogel by C.M. Perrins, Published by Mosaik Verlag, Munich 1992

Guide to the Amazon by Roger Harris (Author), Peter Hutchison (Author), Bradt Travel Guides, 1998

Guide to the Frogs of the Iquitos Region, Amazonian Peru by Rodriguez, L & Duellman, E. , Univ. of KansasNatural History Museum Press, 1994

In Amazonia: A Natural History by Hugh Raffles, Princeton Univ. Press, 2002

Insight Guide Amazon Wildlife (Insight Guides) by Hans Ulrich Bernard & Insight Guides. Published by Insight Guides, 2002

Lessons of the Rainforest by Suzanne Head & Robert Heinzman

Libro rojo de los vertebrados en Bolivia by P.Ergueta and C.Morales, Published by Centro de Datos para la Conservación, La Paz 1996

Mammals of the Neotropics: The Central Neotropics: Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil by John F. Eisenberg, KentH. Redford, University of Chicago Press, 2000

Mammals of the Neotropics: The Southern Cone, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay by Kent H. Redford, John F. Eisenberg, University of Chicago Press, 1992

Neotropical Rainforest Mammals, A Field Guide by Emmons, L. & Feer, F., Published by Univ. of Chicago Press, 1997

Observando aves em Curitiba by S.Cusatis Lucolli and Z.Koch, Published by Fundacao o Boticario de Protecao a Natureza, Curitiba/PR 1993

South American Birds, A Photographic Aid to Identification by John S. Dunning, Published by Harrowood Books, Newton Square/Pa. 1987

The Amazon: Past, Present, and Future by Gheerbrant, A., Published by Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1992

The Avifauna of the Beni Biologica Station, Bolivia by R.C.Braze, J.Hornbuckle, and J.W.Pearce-Higgings, Published by Bird Conservation International (in press), 1996

The Birds of South America Vol. 1: The Oscine Passerines by Robert S. Ridgely, Guy Tudor (Contributor), Tudor Guy (Illustrator), Univ of Texas Press, 1989

The Birds of South America Vol. 2: The Suboscine Passerines by Robert S. Ridgely, Guy Tudor (Contributor), Robert S. Ridgley, Univ. of Texas Press, 1994

The Cloud Forest by Peter Mathiessen, Published by Viking Press, 1961

The Fishes and the Forest by Goulding, M., Univ. of California Press, 1980

The Reptiles of the Upper Amazon Basin, Iquitos Region, Peru by Dixon, J. & Soini, P., Milwaukee Public Museum, 1986

Tropical Nature: Life and Death in the Rain Forests of Central & South America by Adrian Forsyth (Author), Touchstone Books; Reprint edition, 1987

Where to Watch Birds in South America by Nigel Wheatley, Published by Princeton Univ. Press, 2000

Travel Guides

A Cactus Odyssey: Journeys in the Wilds of Bolivia, Peru, and Argentina by James D. Mauseth, Roberto Kiesling, Carlos Ostolaza, Timber Press, 2002

A Traveler’s Guide to El Dorado and the Inca Empire by Lynn Meisch, Published by Viking Penguin Inc., 1977

Adventuring in the Andes: The Sierra Club Travel Guide to Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, the Amazon Basin and the Galapagos Islands by Charles Frazier with Donald Secreast, Published by San Francisco: Sierra Club Books, 1985

Backpacking and Trekking In Peru and Bolivia by Hilary Bradt, Published by London: Bradt Publications UK & The Globe Pequot Press Inc., USA, 1987

Bolivia in Focus: A Guide to the People, Politics, and Culture (In Focus Guides) by Paul Van Lindert, Otto Verkoren, Paul Van Lindert, Interlink Pub Group; 2nd edition, 2002

Bolivia: A Climbing Guide by Yossi Brain & Paula Thurman, Published by the Mountaineers, 1999

Bolivia: A Travel Survival Kit by Deanna Swaney (ed.), published by Lonely Planet Publications, by-annual revisions

Footprint Bolivia Handbook by Alan Murphy, Published by Footprint Handbooks, 2002

Latin American Spanish Phrasebook by Sally Steward (Editor) Lonely Planet, 3rd edition March 1998

Lonely Planet Quechua: Phrasebook (Lonely Planet Language Survival Kit) by Ronald Wright, Lonely Planet, January 1990

The Rough Guide to Bolivia by James Read, Published by Rough Guides, 2002

The South American Handbook by Ben Box (ed.), Published by London: Trade and Travel Publications and in the USA by Prentice-Hall Trade, yearly revisions

Trekking in Bolivia – A Traveler’s Guide by Yossi Brain, Andrew North, Isobel Stoddart, Published by the Mountaineers, 1997


Bolivia Times (no longer in print, but worth reading the old copies) Weekly newspaper written in English. Contains in-depth articles in a variety of topics

El Deber – Diario Mayor
Newspaper of Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia

El Diario
Newspaper of La Paz – Bolivia. Distributed nationwide

La Palabra
News from Beni, Bolivia

La Prensa
La Paz newspaper. Great content, but site loads slowly

La Razón
La Paz newspaper. Loads quickly

Los Tiempos
Newspaper of Cochabamba, Bolivia

Pulso Digital
Online and in-print weekly publication

Washington Post – Bolivia, Latest new about Bolivia. English


United States

Embassy of Bolivia
3014 Massachusetts Ave., N.W.
Washington DC, 20008-3603
Phone: 202-483-4410
Fax: 202-328-3712

Consulate phone: 202-232-4828

Consulate in Miami
25 S.E. 2nd. Ave., Suite 545
Miami, FL. 33131
phone (305)358-3450
fax (305)374-8636

There are consulates in Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, and San Francisco. Interested parties can even book cheap New York flights for those needing to fly to our consulate there.


Bolivian Embassy
130 Albert Street, Suite 504
Ottawa, Ontario KIP SL4
phone (613)236-5730

For all other countries please consult your local government offices for assistance.

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