Airbnb is finally starting to catch on in Bolivia, with a number of eager hosts opening up their homes to provide foreign tourists with a more local place to stay. And although we’re yet to see any truly unique or quirky offerings on the platform, there are some exceptional rentals in Bolivia for incredibly cheap rates. Let’s take a look at the best Airbnb has to offer from around the country.
Given its popularity with international visitors, it should come as no surprise that La Paz has Bolivia’s most robust Airbnb scene. Yet none have captured the market as successfully as Bernardo, whose 3 bedroom penthouse in the heart of the trendy Sopocachi district has welcomed over 500 happy customers to date. Spanning over 160 sq m (1,720 sq ft), the spacious property is tastefully decorated with traditional furnishings and features a generous outdoor terrace barbecue with unbeatable views. Priced at a bargain US$49 (€33) per night, it’s so popular it often books out months in advance.
Rather than basing yourself in the big city, why not spend a few days taking in the spectacular scenery of the Lomas de Arena Regional Park. Situated some 12km (7.4 miles) from Santa Cruz, the park is popular for the perplexing giant sand dunes which protrude from the jungle canopy below. Friendly local Chiquitín rents out his lodge just a short walk away, a natural wonderland teeming with lush fauna and exotic wildlife. Considering there is literally nothing for miles around, full board can be included in the deal.
Got a thing for bright colors that pop out? Then you’re going to love this airy open plan apartment which has been kitted out in a chic modern style. The friendly host prides herself on keeping the place spotlessly clean, while an awesome rooftop terrace is ideal for entertaining friends. It’s located in an upmarket residential area just a short walk from numerous bars and cafes and with easy access to the historical center.
Sucre is a city best explored on foot, so it makes sense to seek out an apartment in the whitewashed city center. Couples or solo travelers would be hard pressed to find anything better than Ximena’s cozy little one-bedder, a stylish and contemporary option just a few blocks from the most important plazas and museums.
Travelers making their way to the land of beef and wine (that would be Tarija), should check into this minimalist two-bedder just a few blocks from the heart of the city. It’s surprisingly modern (by Bolivian standards), and has all the amenities guests need for a comfortable stay.
Plenty of charming cabañas are up for grabs in the hills surrounding Samaipata, yet surprisingly few are available to book on Airbnb. Of all those on the platform, this rustic adobe house with a traditional wood interior is the obvious choice, not least for its leafy garden and convenient central location.
The cold altiplano town of Potosi doesn’t have many Airbnbs as the concept is still fairly novel to this impoverished highland city. Nevertheless, this cozy little one-bedroom place does a roaring trade, having welcomed over 200 guests since opening its doors. Above all else, it’s the host’s mum – a sweet old Bolivian lady – who is the star of the show, by passionately ensuring guests feel at home with endless offerings of coffee and sweets.