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.
Original publication: 2nd of September 2022. Last updated: 24th of November 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!
So let's go over what the travel eSIMs offer for Bolivia!
Airalo eSIMs for Bolivia (WA Mobile)
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.
So, which Bolivia WA Mobile eSIMs are available? You have these four options:
- Bolivia/WA Mobile 1 GB eSIM for 7 days, costing 8.50 USD – most popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers
- Bolivia/WA Mobile 2 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 16.50 USD
- Bolivia/WA Mobile 3 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 23 USD
- Bolivia/WA Mobile 5 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 36 USD – very popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers
The Airalo links will automatically get you the available Phone Travel Wiz exclusive offers – a code is unnecessary.
- Check out my Airalo eSIM reviews
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
- 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
Honestly, the WA Mobile eSIM is fantastic.
The plans offered with WA Mobile eSIMs are generous and affordable.
You get fast speeds and access to Viva Bolivia, without standing in queues or dealing with SIM card registration bureaucracy.
And everything, purchasing and topping up, can be done online on the Airalo website or Airalo app (downloading the app is recommended).
Unfortunately, you cannot call or text with the WA Mobile eSIM, as it is a data-only eSIM.
Best eSIMs for in Central- and South America (not just Bolivia)
Unfortunately, you cannot use your Airalo WA Mobile eSIM in any country than Bolivia.
However, Airalo has a new eSIM covering popular travel destinations in Central- and South America.
I highly recommend going with the Airalo Latamlink eSIM, which covers almost all of Central- and South America, if you plan on visiting multiple countries in the Americas, as you will save a lot of money when you do so.
The Eurolink eSIM is the most popular eSIM for Phone Travel readers, and the revamped Asialink eSIM has become popular quickly, so I have no doubt that the Latamlink eSIM will be popular too.
Just like in Asia and Europe, many readers tend to visit multiple Latin American countries, so they would rather have a travel eSIM covering multiple countries than just one (like Uruguay).
- Costa Rica
- El Salvador
- French Guiana
Below is an overview of how much each Latamlink eSIM costs:
- Latin America/Latamlink 1 GB eSIM for 1 day, costing 5 USD
- Latin America/Latamlink 2 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 28 USD
- Latin America/Latamlink 3 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 39 USD
- Latin America/Latamlink 5 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 60 USD
With the Latamlink eSIM, you can save a lot of money by skipping the initial SIM card costs per country you visit.
Holafly also has an eSIM covering most of Latin America.
But honestly, the Latamlink eSIM is superior (but you can consider the Holafly South America eSIM if you want a bit more data (6 GB) for a shorter validity (15 days) for fewer countries (13 vs. 19) – just do not forget about code PHONETRAVELWIZ if you go with 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.
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