Health & Safety

HEALTH

• Before traveling to Bolivia, it is recommended to get vaccinated against hepatitis A and typhoid, as well as checking that you have up-to-date immunizations for tetanus, polio and diphtheria. A Yellow Fever vaccination certificate is also required for entry into the country. Make sure you have travel insurance which includes medical evacuation in case of emergencies.

• Malaria is not common here, but many visitors take anti-malarial tablets as a precaution. Prevention against insect bites is important, as dengue exists in this region. Wear a long-sleeved shirt and long trousers in the jungle, check that your room has screened windows or mosquito nets over the bed, and use insect repellent, particularly at dusk.

• Many visitors to Bolivia suffer from mild upset stomachs, so it’s worth bringing anti-diarrhea medication just in case, as well as any prescription medications and basic treatments.

• Rurrenabaque has several pharmacies, and many drugs can be bought over the counter. In more serious cases, there is a hospital on C. Ayacucho near C. Tarija, and several clinics around town.

• Tap water is not suitable for drinking, you should check that fruit juices and ice are made using bottled, boiled, filtered or treated water.

Safety

• Rurrenabaque is generally a safe town but take the same precautions you would anywhere else to avoid pickpockets and petty thefts. If you run into difficulties, the Tourism Police office is located on the Plaza.

• Safety standards on tours and public transport have improved in recent years. Mogli guides carry a first aid kit, and life jackets are provided on the boats.

• See the FCO website or the your Government Travel site for up-to-date travel and safety information.