I am arriving at Lake Titicaca at 3AM on Saturday morning and would like to visit the lake on the same day. Is it realistic to get on a bus to Copacabana right away and make it on a boat from there? Ideally, I would like to get on an over-night bus to Sucre that night. Please advise how best to plan the day - should I book a (most likely expensive) tour or can I do it on spot?
I wonder if anyone here applied for a visa to Bolivia from Santiego, Chile. If so, can you share your experience and can you let me know how long it takes to get a visa?
Thanks so much,
I'm going to be working at an animal refuge, for a month, called Ambue Ari. It's located 348km from Santa Cruz and about 45 minutes from Guarayo. I've seen the sites instructions, but wondering if anyone's gone there? Or do you know any sites that would give me maps to better find the train/stations? I don't speak Spanish fluently, so just want to be better prepared.
I am a single mum 40y with 2 daughters 11y & 16y, I am planning to move to Bolivia for 1 year from September 2014.
Would you recommend it ?
Is it safe for families?
Is it easy to find a house to rent?
Any advice would be grateful. I am not the typical backpacker, I am more of an expat style of traveling (would be carrying backpacks for convenience and flexibility). I would usually settle to one place for a year and visit the neighboring countries.
I choose Bolivia not only because it is central but also for it cost of living.
I don't do nightlife and live a very under the radar life in general (the only thing that will make us to be noticed is that we are black) - :)))
Thank you in advance for your help :)
If I change airlines at VVI (Copa to Aerolineas Argentinas) with a 3 hour layover, do I need to go through customes?
Struggling to find any information online!! Has anyone recently travelled to Calama from Uyuni by bus or train? I read a review from November 2012 saying there were 4 bus companies that do this trip but I can't find anything to back this up. I have only found a small amount of info saying a bus leaves three times a week and no info on the company etc. Any help would be appreciated!
Has anyone caught a share taxi from outside the old bus station in Santa Cruz to Samaipata? If so can you please give me some information. Cheers Thanks
Hi,I'm 22years old medical student from Poland but actually I' m in Brazil on exchange. In August I'm going to Peru (4-12) and then to Bolivia( august 12-22). I'm just looking for someone who will be there at the same time and who wants to visit the southwest area of Bolivia. Or maybe there is someone who wants to see Peru with me.
see you there ;)
Hi there. In december me and my boyfriend will want to do the salar tour. We will be coming from Salta and were planning to go through San pedro to do the 3 day tour from there and end up in Uyuni to go to La Paz. I've been reading up now and ***ting my pants on the stories about altitude sickness. I realize we can better start in Uyuni but that does not fit our travel schedule. Any tips on how to get acclimatized? Any ideas on alternative routes from Salta?
I wondered what options there are for travelling from La Paz to Santa Cruz airport?
I wonder if it's possible to go from Bolivia to Sao Paulo by bus? Or to Campo Grande.. I am in Sucre right now.
Can anyone tell me the companies and timetable between Sta Cruz and Puerto Suárez by bus ?
Hi guys does anyone know if there is daily transport from uyuni to la paz?. If so how long does the journey take? Thanks
Hi guys does any one know if there is daily transport from uyuni to La Paz?
Help! I am traveling to Bolivia in April for 9 days and have 2 days left to fill in on my itinerary. Which would be more interesting? 1 Driving in Cordillera Real and Cordillera Quimsa Cruz? or 2. Driving to Copacabana and spending the night on Sun Island? My interests are cultural and nature. I like interacting with locals to learn about the present day life in Bolivia. Archeology and ruins, unless spectacular (like Machu Pichu) do not interest me. Where should I spend my time in order to get the most out of what Bolivia has to offer?
I've been to Bahitis (Prado) several times to play live poker but for a long time about a year ago, it was shut down - I believe due to licensing issues.
Has it reopened?
What other similar casinos are there in Cochabamba - particularly where you can play live poker or where they have decent, modern machines (Indian Dreaming, Survivor etc)?
I plan to improve my Spanish (and do some volunteering) thrugh one of the Spanish Schools in Sucre. At present am looking at Fenix or Sucre Spanish School. Anyone got any thoughts or opinions if you have done this?
I am interested in visiting Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia and also the lagoons and hot springs south of the Salar. Which is a better starting point for this trip - Uyuni in Bolivia (Bolivia) or San Pedro de Atacama (Chile)?
Could you please also provide the reasons for your recommendation?
Does anyone has already been trekking in Bolivia in march / early april?
How practicable is it?
Here are our plans:
- lac Titicaca & environs
- Laguna Colorada
Hi, we will be travelling to Bolivia from 17th dec - 10 jan and I want to impress my boyfriend with an nice adventure. We will be travelling from Tupiza 3 days travel to Uyuni, Potosí, Sucre, La Paz to Santa cruz and then probably home. We will be doing jungle tours in madidi and hiking all around.
But does anybody know a very magical place toe eat or sleep or some adventure that will impress him. I am looking for something like sleeping under the stars, sleeping in a tree house, eating on a rooftop, chilling in a bubble bath with an amazing view, or just doing or seeing something that you won’t forget.
I think we will be in Sucre around his birthday which is on 23rd of December but the adventure dos not have to be on that day.
Hoping for some advice on how to tackle Bolivia. I've been travelling south through the continent for 6 months pretty much at leisure, but now trying to juggle some time constraints. I want to return to Peru for Christmas and New Year approximately on the 21st of December and it seems like Santa Cruz is the best (and only place) to fly up from other than La Paz.
I'm heading to Copacabana and Isla del Sol tomorrow and then La Paz on Friday or Saturday. I'm hoping to do Death Road and a tour in Rurrenabaque from there. Destinations after that would ideally be... Cochabamba, Sucre, Potosi, Tupiza, and Uyuni (for the salt flats), although not in any definitive order. I'd then be looking to head to Santa Cruz.
Can anyone with experience of a loop in Bolivia offer any guidance on the most efficient route in which take in these locations with La Paz as the starting point and Santa Cruz as the finish?
Also, if you have any suggestions on recommended number of days to spend in any of these places, or any locations I've missed out, I'll be happy to take on board your advice and research the places. I am of course doing my own research with the assistance of past posts and LP etc, but I like to get advice as up to date as possible.
Me and a couple of friends are keen to do a 4-6 day high mountain trek in the Andes. is there anybody who recently did such a trek near La Paz?. We just finished a fantastic 8 day Jungle tour, Jungle Rafting trip to Rurrenaboque & Pampas with Deep Rainforest based in La Paz. they do also high mountain treks but it seems their background is the Jungle. So if there's a recent experience with another Company will be much appreciated
Hi, I'm trying to book a one-way ticket from La Paz to Uyuni on Amaszonas. When I get to the fares page, I see that there is the "Y" class fares and the "B" class fares available to me. The "B" fares are 20% off and are supposedly available to foreign or Bolivian, so that pretty much covers everybody. Do you know if there any other restrictions for these fares? If I book the "B" fare and I found out somehow I didn't qualify, will they just charge me the difference?
Also, I read that I have to confirm the flight at least 24 hours prior to departure. Will I be required to confirm by phone? If so, do you know if they have English speaking staff who can help me confirm my flight? I see that they have web check-in for flights leaving La Paz and I can check in up to 72 hours prior. Can I assume that if I do web-check in, I have also confirmed the flight?
On the airline itself, are they usually on time? And are departure times posted now more like guidelines than actual departure time?
One last unrelated question. I am going to cross to Chile by land and I heard that the customs check your bags quite seriously. Do you know where I can find out what I can bring from Bolivia to Chile? My friend and I might want to get some Bolivian coffee beans to take home, but if it's going to be a problem, we'll not bother buying them.
Do you know any reasonable way of renting a 4x4 car? All companies try to limit mileage (i.e. to 100km/day) which is not enough for my plans. I'm thinking about 9-15.07
The best starting point is Santa Cruz but this is not a must.
Thank you in advance!
I want to visit northern and north eastern Bolivia. It seems though that most people don't go there or they only go to Rurrenabaque. I am now in La Paz and I have two alternatives. In any case I will end up in Santa Cruz.
1. From La Paz I go to Coroico, Caranavi, San Borja, Trinidad and Santa Cruz, visiting national parks etc. I seriouly want to avoid Rurrenabaque, too easy, too touristy, too much hassling with the animals).
2. I take a bus to Santa Cruz and then another one to Trinidad. From there I go up north and visit places there. Maybe I'll also have time for Amboro.
Please, what route do you think is more worth it? I have 10 days on me.
I'm currently in Buenos Aires and planning out the best way to see the salt flats. I am considering doing SALTA - PURMAMARCA - HUMUAHACA - UYUNI ... But I'm unsure of the buses. What is the transportation like from SALTA - UYUNI. How long is it? Or would it be easier to go from SAN ATACAMA DESERT in Chile to UYUNI? Thanks for your help
Aynone knows a good tour operator (budget or midrange) for visiting the Pantanal at the Bolivian side, preferably from Quijarro or Puerto Suarez? Already did some research but did not find much.
If you have also please write down details like website, phone, prices, reviews etc.
We are planning to travel to Peru/Bolivia this May. Need itinerary help from Peru/Bolivia experts.
Here is the draft itinerary - 1st version
5/25 - Travel Boston to Lima
5/26 - Arrive Lima and Fly to Cuzco. Stay at Cuzco. Afternoon tour Cuzco - visiting the Korikancha or Temple of the Sun and the Cathedral, continuing from there to the nearby ruins of Tambomachay (Inca fountains), Puca-Pucara. Any other suggestions?
5/27 - Pisac market/ Sacred valley - Stay at Sacred Valley - Any other suggestions?
5/28 - Vistadome to MP--> Check in at Agua C and take the MP tour
5/29 - Early morning visit to MP, Train back to Cuzco . Travel(bus/private transfer??) to Puno. Stay at Puno.( not really sure if we should take a flight to Julica. Also can we do take a cruise trip Lake Titikaka and stay in Isla del sol?, not sure if this is possible)
5/30 - Cruise in Lake Titicaca, Uros island, Isla del sol; cross over Lake titicaca to Bolivia and Bus/transfer to La Paz. Stay at La Paz.
5/31 - Flight to Uyuni( i have heard that the flight service is back). Start the Salar de uyuni(2N/3D trip)
6/1 - Salar de uyuni
6/2 - Salar de uyuni and back to Uyuni.( can we do the San pedro de atacama in Chile, Moon valley if we stay for one more day). Uyuni to La Paz(flight/bus/transfer). stay at la paz.
6/3 - fly La Paz to Lima - Fly back Lima to Boston(Is there a way to go back to LIMA from Calama if we do the San Pedro extension)
Also, any travel agent recommendations for Peru / Bolivia?
Thanks in advance for your help.
Next week I will go from Peru to Bolivia, but I intend to go back to Peru, only for La Candalaria festival in Puno (beginning of febr.). This means I will be re entering both countries for the 2nd time. For Peru this does not seem to be a problem but for Bolivia I find opposite information/opinions.
Can any one give recent info about this: Will it be a problem Re entering Bolivia for 2nd time during 90 days tourist visa?
I have 5 days to get from La Paz back to Peru. Really want to visit Salt Flats and looking for other recommendations. Have also considerd flying back but not sure which airport from as salt Flats are 400k away? Can anyone recommend a 5 day itinerary?
Any advice gratefully recieved.