||The electric current in Bolivia is the
standard 220 volts, 50 cycles. In some places such
as La Paz and a few other areas in Bolivia it is also
110 volts, 50 cycles.
Bolivia uses the metric system of measurement, just
like practically the rest of the world; therefore distances
are measured in meters, weight in grams, temperature in
degrees Celsius, and volume in liters. Some smaller shopping
locales also use the Imperial system of pounds, but the
standard is the metric system.
Tips and bargaining
Tips are not common, with the exception of four and five
star hotels and some fine restaurants, in which case there
is a 10% tip included in the bill. It is not necessary
to tip taxi drivers or bus drivers, unless they have provided
some extra service. In regards to bargaining, prices are
already established in most shopping malls and fine restaurants;
but in other areas such as craftsmanship, some food locales,
transportation and accommodation, the prices are negotiable.
Radio and TV
There are two channels supported by the government and
five private channels, which operate in La Paz, Cochabamba,
Trinidad, Oruro, Potosí, Tarija, and Santa Cruz.
The majority of tv programming is foreign. Bolivia has
some 125 radio stations that broadcast in Spanish, Quechua,