London, 11 November 2019, 23.30 GMT
Bolivia Travel Update – IMPORTANT
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has this evening updated their travel advice for Bolivia. They advise against all but essential travel to the country until further notice.
If you are in Bolivia, you should keep your departure options under review. Pay close attention to developments via news reports and local media and check the FCO travel advice.
If you need urgent consular assistance, contact the British Embassy La Paz on (591 2) 2433424. The British Embassy’s ability to travel to deliver consular services is very limited at this time.
The political and security situation is very uncertain across Bolivia following the resignation of the President and senior public officials on 10 November, following an extended and ongoing period of wide-scale political demonstrations and civil unrest across the country since disputed elections in October 2019.
Travellers are urged to avoid large crowds and public demonstrations. Further protests are likely to occur at short notice and may turn violent without warning. Do not attempt to cross any road blockades.
At Revealed Travel the safety of our travellers is our highest priority. We are monitoring events closely and we are in regular contact with our ground agents in the country and with passengers to ensure they are safe. For passengers currently in Peru and Chile expecting to travel into Bolivia shortly, we are liaising with ground agents to put in place alternative arrangements and to press the green light on contingency plans.
Presidential elections were held on 20 October 2019. Bolivia’s Supreme Electoral Tribunal suspended the count for 20 hours at a point when over 80% of votes had been counted and the preliminary results showed the incumbent, Evo Morales leading with 45% of votes against 38% for his nearest rival, former president Carlos Mesa.
By the time counting resumed, the Supreme Electoral Tribunal had updated the results to show Morales with 46.85% of votes against 36.73% for Carlos Mesa. The final official result with 99.9% of votes counted declared 47.1% for Morales and 36.51% for Mesa. This result was just above the 10-point margin required under Bolivian electoral rules for Mr Morales to avoid a second-round runoff.
Protests and demonstrations ensued and the Organisation of American States (OAS) was asked to audit the election results.
On Sunday 10 November, following weeks of protests and the OAS reporting irregularities and clear manipulation pf the count, the election was annulled. The head of Bolivia’s military also called for Morales to stand down so order could be restored. Shortly afterwards Morales resigned after 14 years in office. His sudden departure has left a power vacuum in the country.
Several of Morales’ ministers and top officials resigned after his announcement, including the vice-president Alvaro Garcia Linera. Under the constitution, power then passes to the president of the Senate and to the speaker of the lower house of Congress, in that order. But they have resigned, too.
An opposition senator, Jeanine Añez, said she would assume the interim presidency, given her position as deputy senate leader. She flew to La Paz on Sunday night. Congress will first have to be convened for a vote to take place.
In the meantime Evo Morales has been granted asylum in Mexico. He was reported as heading for the country last night on a plane sent by Mexico.
Bolivia has become one of the most exciting destinations in Latin America over the last few years. Famously land-locked and sometimes regarded as the “Tibet of the Americas”, actually more than half the country lies within the Amazon basin with an immense variety of wildlife habitats, fauna and flora. Travellers to La Paz should take the cable car for spectacular views of the city. Visitors to Potosi can take a tour into the mine of Cerro Rico which, in colonial times, provided the Spanish with unprecedented wealth and caused so much hardship to Bolivian slaves.
Top Recommendation: The Uyuni Salt Flats cover an astonishing ten thousand square kilometres. Highlights of the region include the Reserva Eduardo Avaroa National Park where Laguna Colorada is home to over 30,000 flamingoes and Isla Incahuasi, a coral island covered in giant cacti, some of them hundreds of years old.
Bolivia is often combined with Peru and Chile in a journey including Cuzco, Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca and La Paz before travelling across the Salt Flats to the Atacama Desert in Northern Chile.
Bolivia Revealed specialises in customer-focused, tailor-made holidays and escorted small group tours. To reveal the kind of things you can experience on a holiday to Bolivia please see our Where to go page.
To include these breathtaking sights in your tailor-made itinerary, please call 01932 424252.
To include these experiences in your tailor-made itinerary to Bolivia, please call 01932 424252.
At Bolivia Revealed we have a team of professionals with considerable knowledge and first hand expertise in putting together tailor made arrangements for the places you are planning to visit.
We would be delighted to discuss your plans and design a personal itinerary according to your own particular needs. On the ground we have a team of experienced, English-speaking guides with a wealth of detailed knowledge and we have appointed a local ground agent in each country to represent us and to look after our passengers locally.
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