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  Bolivia : Handbook : Communications

COMMUNICATIONS  

Comunications

Mail

Mailing correspondence from Bolivia's main cities is generally reliable and safe, however, when you need to send something important and you don't want to run the risk of losing it, it is a good idea to send it as certified mail. It is a little more expensive, but much safer.

On the other hand, it is advisable to avoid using the postal service in small cities and towns, since it is a known fact that large bundles of mail and packages can remain in these smaller offices for months before they are delivered to the offices in the larger cities.

Telephones

The international telephone code for Bolivia is 591.

Here are the following codes for the regions of Bolivia:

La Paz 2
Cochabamba 4
Santa Cruz 3
Oruro 52
Potosí 62
Chuquisaca 64
Tarija 66
Beni 46
Pando 842

Useful telephone numbers

Local Emergency Branch
2203207
  2203124
  2202988

Emergency Center

2204479
Civil Defense
2433697
  715-31137
Firefighters of La Paz
119
Nationwide Search Service
138
Children's Hospital 2245076
Chest Institute 2236462
Hospital Obrero 2242424
Maternal Infant Center 2223364

 

Fax

Fax service is available in many locations, including hotels and in most of the offices of Telefónica Bolivia.

E-mail and Internet Access

Bolivia has many public internet locations. Most cities, even small ones, should have at least one or more Internet locale. In hotels and computer stores, they should be able to tell you where to find one nearby.

Don't be surprised if these Internet locales are a little dull, as only some are trying to turn into cyber cafes and sell alcoholic drinks and play music. Almost all of these are open until nighttime, however they are never open all night long. You can send emails or access your own account if you belong to such services as Hotmail or Yahoo.


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