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This year's conference will no longer take place in Bolivia due to the current political climate. Please keep an eye on your emails and the Conference page to view any details related to the new online schedule.  

DATESNovember 19th - 21st 2022
OLD LOCATION: Santa Cruz & Cochabamba, Bolivia
NEW LOCATION: Online on November 19th
(Link to event sent will be sent upon registration.)
HOST UNIVERSITY: Universidad Privada Boliviana


The Midwest Association for Latin American Studies is holding its 72nd annual conference in Bolivia. Presenters are encouraged to travel and attend the event in person. Special events have been programmed for participants to gain an immersive experience. The conference will be an excellent opportunity to gather in person in the middle of the South American continent. 


Bolivia shares its borders with five neighboring nations. The Andes Mountain range runs through the country and the mountainous terrain coupled with its location in the tropics result in a wide range of ecosystems and lands rich in mineral resources. Castilian, Bolivian Spanish, is the dominant language but many speak other dialects and Native American languages such as Aymara or Quechuan. The conference will be held in two modern cities, each with its distinct culture and identity. 


The host institution is Universidad Privada Boliviana. UPB has multiple campuses and MALAS will be at the Santa Cruz campus and the Campus at Cochabamba. 


November 19-20, 2022 • Santa Cruz

Video about the Santa Cruz Campus: LINK

November 21, 2022 • Cochabamba

​Video about the Cochabamba Campus: LINK

Recommended Hotels in Santa Cruz:

Hotel Hampton

Novotel Santa Cruz de la Sierra

Recommended Hotels in Cochabamba:

Catena Hotel

Gran Hotel Cochabamba

Hotel Regina

Domestic Air Travel:

The trip to Cochabamba will require a domestic flight, but the cost is reasonable. The current

price of airfare for a roundtrip ticket Santa Cruz-Cochabamba varies between US$90 and

$150. The domestic airlines are Boliviana de Aviación and Amaszonas Airlines.

Link to Amaszonas Website

Link to Boliviana de Aviación Website

Pre-travel Planning:

Please check the Entry Requirements to Bolivia for your country of citizenship. International

travel to Bolivia is currently possible, but most travelers should verify; that their Passport is valid

for 6 months, that COVID testing/vaccination status complies with entry requirements, and that

you have the Yellow Fever vaccine.

Travelers from the United States will only need a passport to travel, but upon arrival in Bolivia

will be required to purchase a visitor visa ($160 in US Dollars or local currency – equivalent to

fee that the USA charges Bolivians for a visa). In addition, you will need to show proof of

return/round-trip ticket and proof of lodging (hotel reservation).

U.S. Embassy La Paz:

*All travel expenses will be incurred by individual participants, but the local hosts will continue

to provide information before and during the event to help participants with travel logistics.

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