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Bolivia

Bolivia Film & Photography Production Services

Are you a media company, brand, ad agency or production company looking for film / photography production support or shooting crew in Bolivia? We have fully vetted, locally based fixers, service producers, directors, DP’s, videographers, cameramen, photographers, sound operators, production drivers, and a range of other film crew. Contact us for referrals, questions, cost estimates and references.

Want to know more about shooting in Bolivia? See below for an introduction to Bolivia locations, permits, when to shoot, costs, talent, crews, equipment, art department, studios, post facilities, visas and work permits, film friendly hotels, transport, communications and safety advice.

Bolivia Film Locations

Bolivia offers a vast array of film locations including the Andes Mountains, Atacama Desert, Amazon rainforest, and bustling cities. 

Agricultural locations of note include coffee and sugarcane plantations, corn, cotton and wheat fields, quinoa farms, as well as a wide range of vegetables and fruits.

Bolivia has hosted films such as Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Che, and Salt and Fire.

Altiplano

Includes the departments of La Paz, Oruro, and Potosí.

La Paz. La Paz is the highest capital city in the world at an elevation of 3,640 m (11,942 ft). Spanish colonial mansions. Locations of interest include Plaza Murillo, San Francisco Church has an impressive courtyard, National Congress, Presidential Palace, Calle Jaen, Witches Market, La Paz bus station, and San Pedro Prison (renowned for being a society within itself). The city’s dramatic location is best filmed from Mirador Killi Killi, Parque Laikacota, Mirador Monticulo, Condor Samana, and Mi Teleférico (the aerial cable car system).

Just outside of La Paz, you can find Valle de la Luna and Valle de las Animas. North Yungas Road “Death Road”, an often requested extreme sports location, is also near La Paz.

Chacaltaya is the world’s highest ski area.

Huayna Potosi is a popular easy mountain for climbers.

Madidi National Park includes an incredible range of ecosystems, from high altitude grasslands to clouds forests, lowland tropical forests to pristine lowland savannas.

Lake Titikaka is the world’s highest navigable lake.

Oruro. Sajama National Park in the Andes Mountains is home to Nevado Sajama, Bolivia’s highest point.

Potosí. The high-altitude city of Potosí is known for its silver mining history. Plaza 10 de Noviembre is a square lined with ornate colonial buildings. Of note is the Potosí Cathedral and the San Francisco of Potosi Convent and Temple which offers beautiful city views from its rooftop. Cerro Rico is a mountain and working silver mine south of the city.

Uyuni is the gateway city to locations including the salt plain Salar de Uyuni and the Great Train Graveyard.

The otherworldly salt lake landscape of Laguna Colorada offers orange-red waters, and Laguna Verde offers green waters.

The Reserva Nacional de Fauna Andina Eduardo Abaroa has a landscape that looks like a Salvador Dalí painting.

Sub-Andean Bolivia

Includes the departments of Cochabamba, Chuquisaca, and Tarija.

Cochabamba. The city of Cochabamba is located in a valley in the Andes mountain range. It is known for its year-round spring-like conditions. Carrasco National Park is home to thousands of plant and animal species.

Chuquisaca.

Tarija.

Tropical Lowlands

Includes the departments of Santa Cruz, Beni, and Pando.

Santa Cruz. El Pantanals, the world’s largest wetland, crosses over into Bolivia.

Amboró National Park has incredible biodiversity owing to its ecosystems including Amazon Rainforests, Chaco Forests, Cloud Forests, and Bolivan Montane dry forests.

Noel Kempff Mercado National Park is one of South America’s largest national parks.

The Jesuit Missions of Chiquitos are another interesting film location.

Beni.

Pando.

Bolivia Film Location Permits

The general film permit required for filming around Bolivia and clearing equipment through customs takes about 2 weeks to process. The fee charged depends on the type of shoot (documentary, TVC, TV show, feature film), as well as the amount of time spent in Bolivia. Additional fees for national parks apply. Please contact us for location specific information.

When To Shoot?

The climate varies greatly throughout Bolivia’s diverse regions. In general there are two seasons: The warm, wet summer months are from November to March, and the cold, dry winter months are from April to October. The highlands are cold and snowy in the winter, whereas winter in the south is temperate. For monthly weather statistics please see here.

Bolivia is home to a wide variety of colourful events including:

• Alasitas Festival (January)
• Virgen de la Candelaria in Copacabana (February 2nd)
• Carnival de Oruro (February / March)
• Pujllay Festival in Tarabuco (March 12th)
• Semana Santa (March / April)
• Tinku (May)
• Fiesta del Gran Poder in La Paz (May / June)
• Aymara New Year (June 21)
• San Juan Festival (June 24)
• Cholita Wrestling takes place throughout the year

Public holidays may affect timing, availability and costs. See here for public holiday dates in Bolivia.

Costs & Tax Incentives

Costs. Local costs such as talent, supporting crew and locations are some of the most competitive in South America. Our Bolivian fixer will negotiate local deals and provide the appropriate level of production support to match every budget. Filming infrastructure is limited so some key crew and equipment may need to be brought in from abroad.

Tax Incentives. At present there are no tax incentives for foreign commercials or films shooting in Bolivia.

Film Crew & Talent

Crews. Bolivia has a small pool of local directors, directors of photography and stills photographers. For larger productions, key crew should be brought in from abroad. Smaller productions can be handled by Bolivian crews.

Contact us if you are looking for a director, DP, photographer, videographer (cameraman / camera operator), camera assistant (focus puller), sound operator, grip, gaffer, stylist, hair and makeup, PA / runner, production driver, or any other film crew for your shoot in Bolivia.

Talent day rates and buyouts are negotiable. Most citizens are of Amerindian (mainly Aymaras, Quechuas, and Guarani) and Mestizo descent. There is also a small Caucasian, Arab and Asian population if required for background roles. English speaking talent needs to be brought in from abroad. Aymara people can be adapted to play Tibetans as seen in Seven Years in Tibet. Some dedicated casting facilities exist and in some cases street casting may also be required.

Bolivia Film Equipment

Basic camera, lighting and grip equipment available locally. All else needs to be brought in from abroad, especially camera equipment.

Art Department, Studios, Backlots, & Post Production

Art department teams are talented with plenty of costumes and props for local and period looks available. Set construction crews are inexpensive.

Studios and backlots. No purpose-built film studios exist at present.

Post Production. Post abroad.

Visas & Work Permits

Entry is subject to regulations from country of origin. Most Western passport holders can enter Bolivia visa-free for a period of up to 90 days. Crew travelling on US passports are required to apply for tourist visas in the US or can obtain a visa on arrival at additional cost. Contact your local Bolivian embassy or representative for more information.

Transport & Accommodation

Transportation Infrastructure. Main roads are in a fair condition. Rural roads are slower going and in a poor condition. Our Bolivian service producer / fixer organises safe and reliable 4WD transport. Several international airlines service flights to Bolivia.

Accommodation. Recommended film friendly hotels in La Paz include:

Casa Grande
Camino Real
Hotel Europa

Please contact us for corporate rates.

For longer stays we can also organize serviced apartments.

Final Notes

Safety. See here for up to date travel advice.

Projects. For an example of TV commercials, stills campaigns, online content, corporate videos, virtual reality 360 content, feature films, TV series and documentaries shot in Bolivia, please see below:

Hire Bolivia Production Support & Shooting Crew

If you are looking for a film or photographic production service company, line producer or fixer for your shoot in Bolivia, please contact us.

If you are looking for a shooting crew for your shoot in Bolivia, such as a director, DoP, photographer, videographer (cameraman / camera operator), camera assistant (focus puller), sound operator, grip, gaffer, stylist, hair and makeup, PA / runner, production driver, please contact us.

We are able to provide you with answers, references and bids quickly.