Seasons in Bolivia

Weather conditions in Bolivia are diverse due to variety of relief and altitude zonality. In general there is tropical and subequatorial climate in plain parts of the country and continental in mountainous areas. Average temperature at summer in eastern plains may reach 34 °C (93 °F) with frequent showers. At winter there is comfortable 22 °C (72 °F).

On Altiplano Plateau in western part of the country temperature range is 13 to 20 °C (55-68 °F) with significant drop at night. In highland localities i.e. La Paz annual range of temperature is between 5 and 11 °C (41-52 °F). In addition period between November and March is rainy in whole country.


Weather and Climate

Spring in Bolivia

March is the last month of rainy season in the country. Precipitation isn’t that abundant yet combined with relatively low temperature and high humidity it is rather uncomfortable. Average daytime temperature in plains is about 17 °C (63 °F) while mountainous areas are having 5 °C (41 °F).At April amount of precipitation decreases significantly for rainy season finished.

At May precipitation absolutely acceptable yet temperature slowly goes down (Bolivia is located in South Hemisphere) and finally reaches 14 °C (57 °F) in plain part of the country and about 0 °C (32 °F) in mountains. Precipitation at May is minimal only 10 to 15 mm (0.3-0.5”) per month.

The climate of the spring months

(La Paz)

March
Max average t°: +17.5 °C (63 °F)
Min average t°: +4 °C (40 °F)
Sundial in the day: 8 hours
Rainy days: 14 days
Precipitation: 168 mm (6.6")
April
Max average t°: +18 °C (64 °F)
Min average t°: +3 °C (37 °F)
Sundial in the day: 9 hours
Rainy days: 11 days
Precipitation: 128 mm (5.0")
May
Max average t°: +18 °C (64 °F)
Min average t°: 0 °C (32 °F)
Sundial in the day: 10 hours
Rainy days: 3 days
Precipitation: 42 mm (1.7")

Spring holidays

Easter celebration at variable dates of March-April + Corpus Christi which occurs on 60 day after Easter.

May 1 – Labor Day.

Summer in Bolivia

In terms of weather conditions June is almost equal to May unless in mountains average temperature drops by couple of degrees to about -2 °C (28 °F). Started at May tourists season is progressing. Peak of amount of sunlight hours per day (10 to be more specific) contributes to popularity of this period among travelers.

At August influx of visitors reaches its peak. Weather is perfect for visiting various wonders of nature and other sights. Indeed there’s lots of amazing places: Salar de Uyuni, Lake Titicaca and Yungas Road are only the tip of the iceberg.

The climate of the summer months

(La Paz)

June
Max average t°: +18 °C (64 °F)
Min average t°: -3 °C (27 °F)
Sundial in the day: 10 hours
Rainy days: 2 days
Precipitation: 30 mm (1.2")
July
Max average t°: +17 °C (63 °F)
Min average t°: -3 °C (27 °F)
Sundial in the day: 10 hours
Rainy days: 2 days
Precipitation: 27 mm (1.1")
August
Max average t°: +18 °C (64 °F)
Min average t°: -1 °C (31 °F)
Sundial in the day: 10 hours
Rainy days: 4 days
Precipitation: 46 mm (1.8")


Summer holidays

June 21 – Andean New Year.

August 2 – Agrarian Reform Day.

August 6 – Independence Day.

Autumn in Bolivia

At September Bolivia gradually becomes rainier. At first growth of amount of precipitation is minor and accompanied by growth of temperature due reversed order of seasons. At October growth of mentioned features of weather continues and approach of rainy season becomes clearer for amount of rainy days at this month reaches 11.

At November rainy Bolivian spring reaches its peak with 18 °C (64 °F) in plains and about 8 °C (46 °F) in mountains. Precipitation mainly falls at evening and night so mornings are foggy. At daytime there may be drizzle. Level of air humidity reaches mark of 65% so it weather feels colder than it may seem judging by temperature. Anyway some warm clothes are necessary for journey to Bolivia.

The climate of the autumn months

(La Paz)

September
Max average t°: +18 °C (64 °F)
Min average t°: +2 °C (35 °F)
Sundial in the day: 10 hours
Rainy days: 8 days
Precipitation: 86 mm (3.4")
October
Max average t°: +20 °C (67 °F)
Min average t°: +3 °C (37 °F)
Sundial in the day: 10.5 hours
Rainy days: 10 days
Precipitation: 127 mm (5.0")
November
Max average t°: +20 °C (68 °F)
Min average t°: +4 °C (39 °F)
Sundial in the day: 10 hours
Rainy days: 13 days
Precipitation: 148 mm (5.8")

Autumn holidays

November 2 – All Saints Day.

Winter in Bolivia

Winter isn’t the best time to go to the country for this is the middle of rainy season. Overall weather conditions at December are almost same as they were at November except twice bigger amount of precipitation. At January showers reaching their peak and monthly amount precipitation rise 300 mm (11.8”) in western mountainous areas and 2000 (78.7”) mm in eastern plains. Such changes are occasionally cause landslide and other disasters of sort.

At February rains start to gradually decrease. Weather isn’t quite suitable for comfort travelling and it would be better to plan journey in month of dry season (May to October).

The climate of the winter months

(La Paz)

December
Max average t°: +18 °C (65 °F)
Min average t°: +4 °C (40 °F)
Sundial in the day: 9 hours
Rainy days: 19 days
Precipitation: 240 mm (9.5")
January
Max average t°: +17.5 °C (64 °F)
Min average t°: +5 °C (41 °F)
Sundial in the day: 8 hours
Rainy days: 18 days
Precipitation: 219 mm (8.6")
February
Max average t°: +17 °C (63 °F)
Min average t°: +5 °C (41 °F)
Sundial in the day: 8 hours
Rainy days: 15 days
Precipitation: 210 mm (8.3")

Winter holidays

December 25 - Christmas Day.

January 1 – New Year's Day.

January 22 – Plurinational State of Bolivia Anniversary.

February 2 – Feast of the Virgin of Candelaria.