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What is the climate like in Bolivia?

The climate of Bolivia has an average yearly temperature of 32°C. Throughout the year, the average monthly temperature can drop to 28°C and rise to 35°C.

Annually, about 1395 mm of rain falls. This gives a good overview of how much rain to expect in Bolivia.

The best time to visit Bolivia is May until August. During this period, you will experience pleasant temperatures and not too much rain, making it ideal to visit Bolivia.

Temperature 28 to 35°C
Rain 1395 mm

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The climate of Bolivia
  • Average yearly temperature: 32°C
  • Highest temperature: 35°C in September
  • Lowest temperature: 28°C in June
  • Rainfall: 1395 mm per year, averaging 116 mm by month
  • Driest months: 19 mm in July, 30 mm in August and 35 mm in June
  • Wettest months: 248 mm in February, 217 mm in January and 201 mm in December

Climate table Bolivia

The climate table for Bolivia shows the average temperatures, rainfall, and UV index by month.

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Daytime temperature (°C) 31 31 30 31 29 28 30 32 35 34 33 32
Nighttime temperature (°C) 23 23 23 22 20 18 18 19 22 23 23 23
Rainfall (mm) 217 248 188 106 66 35 19 30 42 99 144 201
UV Index 8 8 8 7 6 6 7 8 9 9 8 8
Best month No No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No No

Temperature by month in Bolivia

This graph shows the average high temperatures in degrees Celsius for each month in Bolivia

Temperature by month in Bolivia

Rainfall by month in Bolivia

This graph shows the average monthly rainfall in millimeters in Bolivia.

Rainfall by month in Bolivia

UV index by month in Bolivia

This graph shows the average UV index by month in Bolivia.

UV index by month in Bolivia

Yearly temperature in Bolivia

This graph shows the average yearly temperature in Bolivia, measured in degrees Celsius.

Yearly temperature in Bolivia

Yearly total rainfall in Bolivia

This graph shows the average yearly rainfall in millimeters in Bolivia.

Rainfall per year in Bolivia

Best time to visit Bolivia

Bolivia's climate varies by region. There are three main regions that influence the weather in Bolivia: the Altiplano in the west, the central highlands in the south-central region just beyond the Andes, and the tropical lowlands in the east.

The weather pattern changes depending on the region and the time of year. And there is a wet season and a dry season to consider before booking a trip to Bolivia.

Best time to visit in general

For most travelers, May-Oct is the best time to visit Bolivia. This is the dry period, but also the Bolivian winter. The highlands can be cold then and at night in the desert it can get well below freezing, especially in June and July.

The humid jungle does benefit from these cooler temperatures. The beginning of the dry season in April-May, has lower prices and fewer crowds, but still feels fresh from the recent rains. October and November are also dry but warmer, with spring approaching and crowds spreading.

Dry and wet seasons

Instead of the traditional four seasons, Bolivia has only the dry and wet seasons. Although these vary somewhat throughout the country, the dry season usually begins in May and ends in late November.

The wet season takes up the rest of the year. The torrential rains usually fall between January and March. The other relatively wet months usually have at most one localized rainfall event per day.

Altiplano

In the southern Altiplano the sky is beautifully blue, but it is also very cold, dropping well below freezing at night. The rainy season here runs from November to March and can sometimes cause hindrance on the roads. However, travel is possible.

Central highlands

The best time to visit the highlands in Bolivia is from April to October. This is the cold winter period, but it should be dry with plenty of blue skies and sunshine and temperatures around 50°F.

Tropical lowlands

The eastern lowlands, including Santa Cruz and the Amazon, have warm temperatures between 60°F and 88°F throughout the year. You'll have mostly dry and sunny weather here, but temperatures can still plummet at night. So dress warmly.

Weather experiences in Bolivia

The weather in Bolivia is rated an average of 4,5 out of 5 stars by 2 visitors.

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Weather Experience: Excellent StarStarStarStarStar

I drove from the southern border with Chile to the Uyuni region. The weather was dry and cold, with days of completely blue skies and freezing nights. At times, we reached high altitudes and, in addition to the thin air, the cold was more present. There were no more remnants of the rainy season in the Uyuni desert, which allows for the characteristic photos with the mirrored ground. But the clear nights made it easy to see the stars.— This text has been automatically translated into English

Weather Experience: Good StarStarStarStar

With pleasant warmth, partly sunny, partly cloudy weather, Bolivia was surprisingly pleasant in March. There was some rain, but mainly at night. During the day, temperatures could reach 25°C. Great experience!— This text has been automatically translated into English

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Average weather in Bolivia by month

Click on a month below to see in detail how the weather typically is in Bolivia and what to expect. Based on the historical weather data of Bolivia, you can view the average temperature, rainfall, wind, and UV index for each day of the month.