Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations in Achacachi

The U.S. Embassy in La Paz informs U.S. citizens that demonstrators in Achacachi are expected block all access to Achacachi and the main road to Copacabana.  Main blocking points have been installed on the Calachaca and Rio Queca bridges, and in the intersection to Viacha. Demonstrators are asking for the resignation of the mayor of Achacachi and the release of one of their leaders. Demonstrations are expected to move to areas within the city of La Paz. Heavy traffic is expected in the surrounding area.

Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. You should avoid areas of demonstrations and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.

For further information about security in Bolivia:

  • See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Bolivia Country Specific Information.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Contact the U.S. Embassy in Bolivia, located at 2780 Arce Avenue in La Paz, at +591-2-216-8246 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Friday. After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +591-2-216-8500.
  • Contact the U.S. Consular Agency in Santa Cruz, located at Radial Castilla, S/N, Across from the Colegio Santo Tomás playing field, at +591-3-351-3477 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:00 a.m. to 12:00  p.m. on Friday. After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +591-2-216-8500.
  • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202- 501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).