We arrived in Bolivia two weeks ago as part of our round-the-world journey. Prior to Bolivia we were at my uncle’s house in Los Angles, and worrying about halal food wasn’t really an issue. The trip to Bolivia, however, made us question if we would be able to find halal food while traveling.
In an attempt to answer this question, we did a search online and Google searched to find proper places for halal food. We found nothing, which was a bit depressing, since we planned to spend around three months in this country! But on our second or third day we went to extend our visas, and from there we wandered around downtown La Paz. While we were walking, we saw a big sign for a Masjid, and this was the most exciting part of the day (along with the renewal of our visas).
As Muslims, we were so relieved—finally a place where we could pray and also ask all the questions we had about Islam in Bolivia. We went and had a short but interesting discussion with the Masjid keeper. He also drew a map of the other three Masjids in La Paz, and answered all our questions with a smile. Unfortunately, he also mentioned that we would not be able to find halal food in La Paz, and that we should stick to our vegetarian diet & fish. He also mentioned that As Salam Masjid might sell some halal products, but we needed to check with them.
We then went to visit As Salam Masjid and met the nice women who were there at the time of Maghreb prayers. After the prayers we asked them about the halal products they had, and they answered that the only meat they had was chicken.
Since we didn’t have a place to cook, it seemed pointless to buy the halal chicken! And also because we were planning to travel the next day to another city in Bolivia (Cochabamba), it was very difficult to make any further arrangements. They also confirmed that there were no Masjids in Cochabamba, and therefore we would not be able to find halal food.
In conclusion, the only halal food you can find in Bolivia is at As Salam Masjid in La Paz, and it consist of raw Chicken. You might stick to a vegetarian diet, and also eat fish!