An alternative to hostels, homestays in Bolivia are a true insider experience. Along with experiencing the customs, traditions and cuisines of the country, travelers also have the unique opportunity to play an active part in the local community, getting to know people on a level that is often hard to achieve as a tourist.
Why Choose A HomestayThe generosity and goodwill of many Bolivians is evident in the way they open their homes to people from all over the world. Travelers staying with locals will appreciate not only the helpful tips of what to see, do, eat and drink around town, but the friendly smiles and enthusiastic banter that is part and parcel of getting to know a new family. A popular choice for those looking to immerse themselves in the local language, homestays not only help to improve Spanish-speaking skills, but also encourage relationship building, providing both the guest and the host with memories that will last a lifetime. Living with a family also provides a unique vantage point from which to better understand the ins and outs of the Bolivian culture. Learning about the values and worldviews of people from a different country not only strengthens the qualities and traits needed for living in an increasingly interconnected world, but helps to unlock new perspectives into your own language and way of life. At the end of the day, no one knows a place better than the person who was raised there. A home away from home, Bolivian homestays provide a safe, authentic and relaxed environment to get to know your new surrounds, helping to make your stay in the country as enjoyable and memorable as possible.
What’s Included?Homestays typically include:
- Two meals a day (breakfast & lunch)
- Free use of the kitchen at night
- Access to shared facilities
- Private room
- Laundry service
- Internet access
How To Find A HomestayMost Spanish schools or volunteer organisations throughout Bolivia will be able to provide guidance in finding a homestay. Alternatively, you can book a room in a family’s home directly through these websites: Airbnb – Increasingly popular in Bolivia, Airbnb is similar to staying in a hostel, but with the added benefits of a homestay. Conditions vary from host to host, such as the level of interaction with guests and whether or not meals are included, however these provisions are usually stipulated prior to booking. Prices sit in a similar category to a hostel depending on the quality of room/service the host offers. Homestay- an online booking system that connects guests with live-in hosts who open their homes to travelers. Guests search for a destination, browse a list of homestays and choose the one that best suits their needs. They then contact the host via a private message system to find out if they are available on specific dates. The host will reply to the guest and let them know if they are available to accept their booking. The fee to rent a room is very reasonable and breakfast is included in the price. To get an idea of the type of homestays available in Bolivia, check out the following places which have received great reviews from other travelers:
- Santiago de Okola
- Homestay Bertha, Sucre
- William’s Homestay, La Paz
- Leonor’s Homestay, Cochabamba