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Bolivia: Best eSIM for Sucre (2022)

Bolivia – known for its plenty of mountains, llamas & for having 37 official languages.

It is also known for being one of, if not the, cheapest travel destinations in South America.

But what can you do in this country?

You could head to the North Yungas Road, a popular cycling trail with stunning views.

If you have never seen a red lake before, be sure to visit Laguna Colorada. It also has plenty of flamingos wandering around.

Or visit Parque Nacional Madidi – an incredible part.

As you can see, there is no reason to be bored in Bolivia

While it is comparatively an inexpensive travel destination, it is always a good idea to find ways to keep your travel expenses even lower.

Before you share your colorful Bolivia experiences online, be aware that international roaming can be expensive.

Travel eSIMs can be a much more affordable way to stay connected, even in Bolivia.

How much will a travel eSIM for Bolivia cost?

You can get a travel eSIM for Bolivia for 9 USD, with 1 GB for 7 days from Airalo.

While this may sound a bit pricey but international roaming will be even more expensive.

So yeah, these travel eSIMs can be worth it.

In this guide, I will go over the travel eSIM options offered by Airalo. Let's go.

Buying an eSIM for Bolivia Guide (logos of Airalo and WA Mobile)

Original publication: 2nd of September 2022. Last updated: 4th of September 2022.

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eSIMs offered by the Bolivian Mobile Operators

Suppose you want to get the best service and reception available in Bolivia.

In that case, it is better to get a SIM card or travel eSIM from the local mobile operators, which in this case would be the Bolivian ones.

Not only will you not have to deal with latency, but you also get a higher priority on the network because you are a direct customer of the mobile operator instead of a roamer.

And with most travel eSIMs, you are roaming on the network(s) of the local mobile operator(s).

But that is not always the case – the slow speeds part, that is.

Some mobile operators throttle the speeds of prepaid customers because they want more people to get a postpaid plan.

Unfortunately, travelers cannot get postpaid plans – so one way to avoid throttling is by using a travel eSIM.

Yes – travel eSIMs sometimes have faster speeds than native prepaid customers because of throttling.

So, which Bolivian mobile operators offer eSIMs to prepaid customers? None do.

You have another option for getting an eSIM for your trip to Bolivia: You can choose from Airalo (with WA Mobile)

One of the main advantages of getting a travel eSIM for Bolivia is that (1) you do not have to try to speak (broken) Spanish to get a local eSIM, (2) you can set up the eSIM before arriving in Bolivia and activate it upon landing & (3) you do not have to deal with Bolivia's SIM card registration laws.

I have to mention that travel eSIMs will be more expensive than local eSIMs and SIM cards, but they are more convenient.

Moreover, I have plenty of experience with the eSIMs from Airalo, so I can vouch for them – so can many Phone Travel Wiz readers!

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So let's go over what the travel eSIMs offer for Bolivia!

Airalo eSIMs for Bolivia (WA Mobile)

Bolivia WA Mobile eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

If you have read any of my eSIM or SIM card buying guides before, then you know I am a big fan of Airalo.

Not only does Airalo have eSIMs for most countries (around 190 countries) of any eSIM platform, but they are also often one of the cheapest while offering fantastic service in terms of speeds and reception.

That is because Airalo usually partners up with the mobile operator with the best coverage, the fastest speeds, both, or even multiple operators.

That way, you get the best bang for your buck, I have to say.

In the case of Bolivia, the WA Mobile uses the Viva Bolivia network.

Viva Bolivia Logo
© Viva Bolivia

So, which Bolivia WA Mobile eSIMs are available? You have this one option:

  1. Bolivia/WA Mobile 1 GB eSIM for 7 days, costing 9 USD
Bolivia WA Mobile eSIM Airalo (with Prices)

Now, you may think this is a sad selection or that 1 GB of data is insufficient.

Both points are true… I agree – but you can make unlimited top-ups with the WA Mobile eSIM through the Airalo website or apps.

So if you need 5 GB of data, you can purchase the WA Mobile 1 GB eSIM and get four 1 GB top-ups.

Yes, it is a bit inconvenient for now; Airalo may offer 3 GB, 5 GB & 10 GB plans with a 30-day validity for Bolivia soon, as it did for many other countries it supports.

For Airalo eSIMs, the links above will automatically get you the Phone Travel Wiz exclusive offers available – a code is not necessary.

Airalo WA Mobile eSIM Pros

Are there any (more) reasons why you should get the WA Mobile eSIM? Yes, there are:

  • You can activate your WA Mobile eSIM as soon as you land in Bolivia
  • You get full (up to 4G/LTE) access to Viva Bolivia's network
  • WA Mobile eSIMs are affordable (especially compared to roaming)
  • SIM card registration is not a thing you have to worry about with the WA Mobile eSIM, saving you time
  • Multiple top-ups can be purchased when you are out of data or when your initial plan expires easily on the Airalo site or apps

I could list many more pros, but these are the major ones.

Unfortunately, there are some cons to be aware of.

Airalo WA Mobile eSIM Cons

Why should you not get the WA Mobile eSIM?

  • The Bolivian mobile operators, including Viva Bolivia itself, have much more generous data allowances
  • There is only one plan available, the 1 GB one, meaning you have to keep topping up when you are out of data instead of buying a larger data plan from the start
  • While you get access to Viva Bolivia's network, your speeds may not be as fast as going with Viva Bolivia itself because you will be roaming on their networks (and not be a native customer)
  • There is no 5G NR access with the WA Mobile eSIM (yet)
  • You cannot call or text with the WA Mobile eSIM (nor can you receive them – you get no (local) phone number)

Airalo WA Mobile eSIM Overall Thoughts

The WA Mobile eSIM is a convenient eSIM that can be purchased before going to Bolivia and can be activated upon arriving.

You get access to one of Bolivia's best networks with the WA Mobile eSIM.

The main flaw, for now, is that you have to purchase multiple top-ups if you need more data than just 1 GB.

While getting a top-up is straightforward, some tourists, like myself, prefer to just buy one big data plan so that you do not have to worry about data allowances.

But besides that flaw, the WA Mobile eSIM is fine.

Remember, you cannot call or text with the WA Mobile eSIM, as it is a data-only eSIM.

Consider a Bolivian SIM card if calling and texting is important, but you have to deal with the (e)SIM (card) registration laws.

Best eSIMs for in Central- and South America (not just Bolivia)

So what if you plan to visit neighboring Argentina? Chile? Peru? Or other countries in Central– and South America?

Unfortunately, you cannot use your Airalo WA Mobile eSIM in any country than Bolivia.

However, Holafly has an eSIM covering the popular travel destinations in Central- and South America.

Sadly, Bolivia is not one of them, but I still want to introduce them to you because they will be much cheaper than buying multiple eSIMs, or SIM cards for that matter, per country.

I highly recommend going with the Holafly South America eSIM, which also covers parts of Central America, if you plan on visiting multiple countries in the Americas, as you will save a lot of money when you do so.

Holafly Central- and South America eSIM

While Holafly officially calls this eSIM the South America eSIM, it can also be used in a few countries in Central America.

And as many Phone Travel Wiz readers who visit Bolivia also visit neighboring countries, it will be better to get the Holafly South America eSIM for your travels.

The Holafly South America eSIM can be used in the following 13 countries:

This eSIM cannot be also used in Bolivia but once again, it would be useful for the aforementioned countries listed above.

You only have one option for the Holafly South America eSIM: 6 GB eSIM for 15 days, costing 44 USD/47 EUR/34 GBP.

South America eSIMs Holafly

Overview of the Best eSIMs for Bolivia (Airalo)

In this guide, I went over Airalo's WA Mobile as the only (reasonably priced) eSIM for Bolivia.

I recognize that there are other eSIM providers that do offer services for Bolivia.

But they are either crazy expensive or the quality of service is whack (based on my experience or the experiences of other Phone Travel Wiz readers).

But you are free to try them out and let me know if they were any good 😀.

Buying a SIM Card in Bolivia

Do these eSIMs not sound appealing to you, or does your phone not support eSIMs (but still thought this guide was insightful enough that you read it until the end)?

Consider getting a Bolivian SIM card instead – that linked guide is the most extensive SIM card buying guide for Bolivia on the web, packed with insightful information and tips.

Buying a SIM Card in Bolivia Guide (logos of Entel, Tigo & VIVA)

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