Sonntag, Januar 19, 2020 - 14:39 | Thorn Tree

This august I'll travel to Bolivia and I will stay there for one year in a volunteering project. I am trying to refresh my spanish skills, but while I don't struggle a lot to understand the spanish from Spain, it's really hard for me to understand South American spanish. I would like to practice with podcasts or youtube videos. Do you know any youtubers or podcasts from Bolivia that are easy to understand? Thank you!

Last post at: 2020-01-19 18:39:36 UTC
Dienstag, Januar 14, 2020 - 16:10 | Thorn Tree

Hi all! I have looked around the forums quite a bit and cannot find any info on direct busses from Sucre to Tupiza. I see lots of chatter on connections through Uyuni, Oruro, or Potosi. However I DO see a direct bus listed on the Tupiza Tours website ( It leaves Sucre 20:00 and arrives around 6:00. Does anyone have any experience with this...

Dienstag, Januar 14, 2020 - 13:55 | Thorn Tree

Hi - do you think it's feasible to walk the Yungas Road - the "Death Road", rather than drive or cycle it? It's a little over 60km from La Paz to Coroico so it's two long days or three easy days walking. I imagine there's nothing keeping a person from just setting out on a walk (right?) but what I'm not sure about is lodging and food along the way.

It looks as though the start of the road is paved (highway #3) then turns into gravel for the rest of the...

Dienstag, Januar 14, 2020 - 04:01 | Thorn Tree

Hello everyone!

A couple of us are going to climb Nevado Sajama independently in the beginning of June this year. I would like to know do we need 2 ice axes, a rope and a harness or 1 ice axe and crampoons are going to be sufficient? How steep is the climb (how many degrees).

Last post at: 2020-01-17 22:56:43 UTC
Freitag, Januar 3, 2020 - 18:40 | Thorn Tree


we are planning our backpacking vacation in Bolivia for April 2020. Do you already know a date for the new election? We are not sure about the political situation in april and if it will be possible to use the busses. What's about the situation now?
Best regards,

Last post at: 2020-01-04 01:08:14 UTC
Sonntag, Dezember 29, 2019 - 15:24 | Thorn Tree


I will be traveling to Brazil via Columbia and I was planning on a safari in the Pantanal hoping to spot the 3 critters in the subject line. I am on a tight budget however so this single safari is going to eat up a nice size chunk of my nut.

I have been researching for the most affordable options and it looks as if Noel Kempff Mercado National Park may an alternative to the Campo Grande or Porto Jofre route. In that vein I was wondering if anyone had any...

Mittwoch, Dezember 25, 2019 - 23:35 | Thorn Tree

I read there were some demonstrations a month ago due to the presedential elections whereby protests are ongoing preventing buses going into and leaving la paz.

is this still the case?

seperately, what time does the night bus leave and get into salar? heard there was a night bus for tourist (is this accurate)?


Last post at: 2019-12-26 18:29:51 UTC
Sonntag, Dezember 15, 2019 - 20:52 | Thorn Tree

HI all. I'm trying to figure out the most efficient way to get from La Paz to Tupiza. My original thought was to fly to Tarija and spend a couple of days there. Is it possible to hire a taxi to drive from Tarija to Tupiza? I know there is a bus, obviously, but we will be traveling on the afternoon of the 24th or morning of the 25th and I assume the bus won't even be running. We are flying into La Paz from sea level the day before which is why I don't really want to fly to Uyuni...

Sonntag, Dezember 15, 2019 - 19:44 | Thorn Tree

Hi. I am planning a trip to Uyuni Salt Flats before the rainy season starts full on (mid January) and it becomes completely flooded. Now that it is dry, my plan is to get a group together to travel there and camp in the middle of the flats. I have my own vehicle with a rooftop tent as well as a mountain hardwear professional dome tent that can sleep up to ten people in the harshest of environments. The more the better, so if you are at least two or better, more, hit me up and we can discuss...

Freitag, Dezember 13, 2019 - 10:49 | Thorn Tree

Hello, are necessary malaria tablets in the area close to santacruz, like national Park of Amboro and Samaipata!? Is there any risk?

Last post at: 2019-12-13 20:59:46 UTC
Donnerstag, Dezember 12, 2019 - 17:17 | Thorn Tree

Hi guys,

I want to go to South America for 3/4 weeks next June and want to fly into Lima and back out as funds are tight and that's the cheapest option.

The places I ideally want to go to are Huachachina, Cusco, Lake Titicaca, Machu Picchu, Uyuni, La Paz and then just see stuff in between that.

Just wondering whether its possible to start at Lima travel to all those places and go back to Lima without flying, was thinking going down near the coast first and then...

Donnerstag, Dezember 12, 2019 - 07:56 | Thorn Tree

Great news, US and Israeli citizens will not be needing a special VISA anymore to visit Bolivia []
For more info we recommend to contact the nearest by Bolivian embassy or consulate.

Last post at: 2019-12-16 00:17:40 UTC
Dienstag, Dezember 10, 2019 - 15:43 | Thorn Tree

Hello all!
I am a U.S. citizen, currently living in Sao Paulo, Brazil (I'm here with a student visa until next year).
I plan on visiting Bolivia for the first time in mid-January.
I've looked up the requirements for a Bolivian tourist visa, but my main question is about the $160USD payment.
Since I plan on going to the Bolivian consulate here in Sao Paulo to obtain the visa, will I be able to pay with a visa debit card? The website for this location provides no...

Dienstag, Dezember 3, 2019 - 09:30 | Thorn Tree

Hi, I entered Bolivia on 30 November, but was not issued a tourist card. Does anyone know if this has been scrapped?

Last post at: 2019-12-04 19:14:11 UTC
Montag, Dezember 2, 2019 - 15:42 | Thorn Tree


pls is there anyone who could comment on flight to / from Rurrenabaque? I know that there are some flights that connect Rurrenabaque and La Paz but what about Trinidad and Santa Cruz?

Any information out there?
Does someone happen to have a phone number for tourist office in Rurrenabaque? Or for its airport?

Thank you

Last post at: 2019-12-03 01:44:40 UTC
Freitag, November 29, 2019 - 19:59 | Thorn Tree

Since the elections 21 oct. There were many blockades. Now it is perfect to travel through the whole country. The next election is not until April 2020. Free moving. Come!! Samaipata just 2.5 hours from Santa Cruz is amazing! Dont listen too much to international news.

Last post at: 2019-11-29 23:59:01 UTC
Dienstag, November 19, 2019 - 15:48 | Thorn Tree

Good evening!
I am planning to visit Bolivia next January. So please any reliable local tour operators in Uyuni or Tupiza, that offer group tours to join in??
Thanks tons!

Last post at: 2019-11-19 19:48:46 UTC
Montag, November 11, 2019 - 17:06 | Thorn Tree

Dear Fellow-Adventurers,

After many years I will be coming back to Bolivia - my second home - for three weeks.

I would like to know how much I can withdraw at ATMs in Bolivia nowadays (regardless of the currency BS/US).

How much could you withdraw while being there with you VISA / Mastercard?

Someone can comment?

Thank you so much!

Last post at: 2019-11-15 23:56:31 UTC
Montag, November 11, 2019 - 14:19 | Thorn Tree

Is anyone aware if one of the two Bolivia-Peru border crossings close to Titicaca lake is open today/tomorrow?
I've heard mixed news (one saying that it is open for tourists only).
What is the situation now in La Paz, following the Evo Morales resignation?

Last post at: 2019-11-11 18:19:55 UTC
Freitag, November 8, 2019 - 18:51 | Thorn Tree

October 2-19, 2019. Solo female backpacker in my 50s, mid-range budget.

Part 1
I just returned from a 2.5-week trip to Bolivia. I saw and did everything I planned, and the trip exceeded my expectations. Fortunately, I left the country the day before the presidential elections because there have been road blockades and protests ever since.

Bolivia was quite inexpensive for transportation, food, and lodging. I paid an average of $35/night for very nice hotels in the center...

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