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Temperature in August - sleeping back?

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Temperature in August - sleeping back?

Hi all,

we have just booked our flights from Europe to Santa Cruz for a 3 1/2 weeks trip to Bolivia.

We = 2 adults and 2 kids (11 and 13).

We are step by step planning our trip.

As we are going to La Paz etc. we will sleep on high altitude with cold nights.

We understood that heating in hostal/hotel can be tricky sometimes.

Therefore we wonder if we should bring our own sleeping bags from Germany.

Any experiences on that?

Best and thanks

Matthias

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1. Re: Temperature in August - sleeping back?

Sometimes the heating at the hostels dont work very well, or actually doesnt have at all. But the beds have enough blankets, so you should not be cold while sleeping. A sleeping bag is not necessary

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2. Re: Temperature in August - sleeping back?

At la paz, the adventure brew hostel has good heating, but it is expensive for bolivian standards

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3. Re: Temperature in August - sleeping back?

We have visited Bolivia a couple of times in August. Hotels in La Paz all had heating so that won’t be a problem. Santa Cruz was hot and humid so cold will not be an issue. If you are visit Salar de Uyuni is will be cold. On a couple of nights we had temps down to -15-20C . Accomodation was unheated but blankets and bags were plentiful- still very, very cold. We slept in our clothes hats and gloves.

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4. Re: Temperature in August - sleeping back?

". Santa Cruz was hot and humid so cold will not be an issue. If you are visit Salar de Uyuni is will be cold"

Yeah and that is because of it's elevation.

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5. Re: Temperature in August - sleeping back?

Bring them if you can. I'm in Bolivia right now, in the valley just outside of La Paz, where it's a bit warmer. We are in a roofed accommodation, have our own sleeping bags + their blankets, and we find it JUST comfortable. Also, they had a lot of rain and snow for several days straight before we got here.

I'm sure we'll be even more thankful to have our own sleeping bags when we do the 5D4N salar tour.

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6. Re: Temperature in August - sleeping back?

We slept in budget hotels without heating. There were always plenty of blankets and we were okay but that was in March/April. You will want a sleeping bag for the salt flat tour but you can rent one from the agency that you book your tour with.

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7. Re: Temperature in August - sleeping back?

as #5 says , there has been lots of rain in the last week or so and snow up in the altiplano above La Paz. It is certainly a lot colder than it normally is in June (although June does start to get colder at nights normally) and it is unusual for the rain and snow.

Many hotels or hostel do not have heating but of course some do , so if its cold at the time maybe try to find one that has heating.If you ask for extra blankets they can usually provide also, Alternatively , you can buy quite cheap fleece type blankets in the market which you could use as a temporary solution (also good for buses that dont provide anything) while in bolivia and donate them them to someone in need before leaving rather than bringing a sleeping bag from back home.

In July / August , temps in the Laguna Colorado area can fall as low as -30c at night , so you certainly need a sleeping bag but all the salt flats operators can provide them. Check your bag before leaving as they vary in quality and sizes ( I have personally ended up with a childs bag before meaning my upper body was right our of the bag!)

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8. Re: Temperature in August - sleeping back?

If you are staying at a 5 star hotel it will have heating and AC. Some 4 stars would as well.

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