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Sonntag, Februar 19, 2017 - 05:11 | Thorn Tree

Hi everybody!

In a week my friend and I will travel to Bolivia for 3 weeks and would like to get some advice about our itinerary. With everything we would like to see it seems impossible to fit in the Titicaca lake and Isla del sol. Does anyone see any options? Or should we skip something else and definitely see the Titicaca lake. We chose to go to Tupiza and do the tours from there because we heard a lot of good things about it.

Day 1: arrival in la Paz
Day 2-4:...

Freitag, Februar 17, 2017 - 04:22 | Thorn Tree

Those who have been to Bolivia, can anyone please tell me, if Bolivia Visa is having a specific date before which we need to enter to keep the visa valid?

I can see there are 2 information written on Bolivia Tourist Visa:

  1. Valid for 30 days (A partir de la fecha de ingreso al pais) which I understand is : 30 days From the date of entry to the country

  2. Fecha - Feb 17, 2017

Now the front desk lady of consulate tells...

Mittwoch, Februar 15, 2017 - 06:41 | Thorn Tree

Hex, I'm going to travel from Rio to Sucre Bolivia from where I want to visit the beautiful scenery around (salt flats, Machupichu...)
Now my question is, do some of you have experience with meeting other forgein backpackers? Like in some distinct backpacker hostels?
I will be traveling the first 3 weeks with 2 friends of mine. After that time our ways are going to split up and I'm going to be on my own.

Is it as easy to meet other backpackers as it is in...

Dienstag, Februar 14, 2017 - 17:04 | Thorn Tree

I have an ATT iphone. Can I easily get a Bolivian SIM card for calls and data at the airport or in LaPaz? Which carrier?

Last post at: 2017-02-17 22:22:45 UTC
Montag, Februar 13, 2017 - 09:11 | Thorn Tree

Today's newspaper carries a report that YF vaccination certificates will be checked for foreign travellers at border crossings
http://www.paginasiete.bo/sociedad/2017/2/13/salud-caso-fiebre-amarilla-origino-zona-selvatica-127139.html
This follows a case in the lowland area of northern La Paz. Spanish speakers may be struck, as...

Samstag, Februar 11, 2017 - 15:00 | Thorn Tree

The sunrise and sunset tours do provide rain boots. But we may also need the boots for 3D/2N tour. Any place in Uyuni can we rent a pair of rain boots? I try not to pack my own if possible.

Thanks!

Last post at: 2017-02-12 00:05:34 UTC
Freitag, Februar 10, 2017 - 22:09 | Thorn Tree

We are trying to decide between one night in Copacabana or one night each in Copacabana and Isla del Sol. We are more interested in snow-caped mountains and lake views than ruins. Is it worth spending a night on Isla del Sol or the views from Copacabana is pretty much the same as from Isla del Sol? Do you prefer north end or south end?

Thanks!

Last post at: 2017-02-12 18:40:14 UTC
Freitag, Februar 10, 2017 - 11:22 | Thorn Tree

I will put the whole planned itinerary in all the country forums and ask for specific questions to a country in that forums expecting a better response to specific question there by.

Marking in Bold the itinerary part I will be asking questions about here.

I know I am trying to cover a lot in too little time, but I am flexible to add few more days and taking few more flights if you advise so. Otherwise coming all the way from Asia tp this part multiple times is little...

Donnerstag, Februar 9, 2017 - 21:01 | Thorn Tree

I was about to find a cheap hotel for Oruru but then i read others saying they booked it through a tour operator as part of a package?

Any suggestions would be welcome

Last post at: 2017-02-10 20:43:09 UTC
Dienstag, Februar 7, 2017 - 08:31 | Thorn Tree

Hi,

I'm planning a trip down to Atacama and Bolivia in April and would really appreciate your advice and answers to a few questions. Here's how we've sketched out the itinerary so far.

Sunday
Arrive in San Pedro De Atacama

Monday
San Pedro - excursions

Tuesday
San Pedro - excursions

Wednesday
San Pedro - Start Salt Flat Tour
Salt Flat

...

Dienstag, Februar 7, 2017 - 07:47 | Thorn Tree

Hello,
I am planning to visit Bolivia in May-June this year and I would like to get some information about how to gradually avoid the soroche, namely altitude sickness. I was not really worried about it since I read that by taking things easy the first days and eating some coca leaves to relieve some of the symptoms should do the trick but my doctor made some kind of terrorist propaganda about it, suggesting me to buy pills and be careful and all sort of things. I would like to say that...

Samstag, Februar 4, 2017 - 19:04 | Thorn Tree

Hey everybody!

I have done constant research about the process for the Bolivian tourist visa for US citizens. On the Bolivian embassy website, they have contradicting webpages, one saying that I can receive it on arrival and another page saying that I need to get the visa beforehand and make a trip to the consulate.
I have started the online visa form, but after I completed it, they have no instructions about further processes and how to actually receive it.
I have sent...

Freitag, Februar 3, 2017 - 09:30 | Thorn Tree

I will be in Bolivia visiting La Paz, Lake Titicaca, Oruro, Uyuni in last two weeks of Feb. I am trying to pack everything into a carry-on luggage. For warm clothes, I plan to pack a waterproof jacket and pants, a fleece jacket, a merino wool mid-weight base layer (top and bottom), plus beanie, and gloves. For day time, long sleeve shirts, wicking T-shirts, and a zip-off hiking pants. I will also pack a down jacket, 650 fill (mid-weight) or an ultralight one. Is this warm enough for Eduardo...

Mittwoch, Februar 1, 2017 - 23:16 | Thorn Tree

Hi guys! I've done a ton of research and am now just plain confused and need guidance from those who may be able to provide some clarity. Just to give some background:

Sunday Night - We get into Santiago.
Tuesday Morning or Night (Either Arrive 8:40am or Arrive at 9:40PM) - We plan to fly to Calama, bus to San Pedro. What time we fly to Calama depends on if we have to book the tour in Person or not!
Wednesday Morning...

Mittwoch, Februar 1, 2017 - 13:10 | Thorn Tree

Looking for some updated info on this, since everything I've found in my research is years out of date, and the official consul sites are unclear.

I'll be travelling to Bolivia this May. I'm Canadian but I will be visiting Peru first and crossing overland from Puno to Copacabana.

My trip will be strictly to the tourist trail areas of Lima, Arequipa, Cusco and Machu Picchu, Salar de Uyuni, La Paz, and Sucre. I will not be visiting any lowland or yellow fever risk...

Dienstag, Januar 31, 2017 - 05:24 | Thorn Tree

Hi,

I'd be very grateful of any help on this topic....

I'd like to travel from La Paz on the 6th Sept to Cusco. I understand there is an overnight bus, has anyone experienced this? Is there a preferable bus company to take? And, should I book before hand?

cheers,
David.

Last post at: 2017-02-06 09:17:59 UTC
Samstag, Januar 28, 2017 - 13:26 | Thorn Tree

Hi guys!! My boyfriend and I are going to South America in May. We will start in Bolivia. We really would like to do some hikes but it s so hard to choose one. We are active and athletic, long tracks don' t scare us we just have a long list of tracks, I know it s hard to say but in your opinion which hike is the best one in Bolivia??

Last post at: 2017-01-30 12:43:15 UTC
Samstag, Januar 28, 2017 - 06:34 | Thorn Tree

Hi,

We would like to visit Isla del Sol from Puno and have the following itinerary mapped out.

Bus from Puno to Copacabana and overnight.
Morning ferry to the north of the island (Ch'allapampa)and explore, cross the island and stay overnight at the south (Yumani).
Next morning explore the ruins around Yumani and depart back to Copacabana.

My question: Is it possible to catch the afternoon ferry back (15:30?) from Yumani to Copacabana and make it in time...

Freitag, Januar 27, 2017 - 11:18 | Thorn Tree

Hi everybody!

I am planning to to travel to Bolivia to see the Uyuni salt flats and also Potosí for about a week from Santiago, Chile during the end of February (so coming up!!!) I have checked the international flights, but they are terribly expensive so I am looking for alternative routes into the country and around to Potosí. I also have been looking around for tour companies for the salt flats but seem to run into dead ends on many websites. Does anyone have any tips or advice on...

Montag, Januar 23, 2017 - 09:32 | Thorn Tree

Hello,

I am planning to go from Uyuni to Santa Cruz de La Sierra in June this year 2017. I read there are many ways proposed to go between the two cities by passing from either Oruro and La Paz or Cochabamba. I would like to know whether it is feasibleand it is worth it to do it by bus/train with stops in Potosi, Sucre and any other interesting town/city on the way that of course offers accomodation for backpackers. Thanks!

Last post at: 2017-01-27 14:56:18 UTC

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