Monday, 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: 2019-11-11 21:06:58 UTC
Monday, 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
Friday, 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...

Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 19:37 | Thorn Tree

Am considering a short (3-4 day) visit to La Paz and Tiwanaku. Will be coming after having spent at least a week in the highlands of Colombia so will be reasonably acclimated to the altitude.

Timeframe is near the end of January. From what I read about the weather in and near La Paz the constant cool weather is fine but it seems this is the rainiest time of the year. Am I correct that the rain tends to be light but continues for days? In other words miserable weather? We're...

Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 19:06 | Thorn Tree

Hi all,

Just wanted to share my backpacking notes from Bolivia trip from Titikaka late to La Paz, Coroico, and Rurrenebaque.
Even if this trip was done already a few years ago, it can serve as indication of conditions of the roads, guides, accommodation for someone that wants to visit these places.

Friday, October 25, 2019 - 13:33 | Thorn Tree

Hello! I am wondering if anyone who is currently in Bolivia or has a good source (relatives, friends) in the country, could possibly comment on the current security/safety situation/ first-hand experience in La Paz and other parts of Bolivia following the Elections?

Also, can anyone please recommend a good web-site (both in English or Spanish will work) to get updates that provide good deal of information and timely updates?

Thank you very much! for any and all!

Friday, October 25, 2019 - 10:25 | Thorn Tree

Hi! I am currently organizing a trip with a few other students from my university who study geology. We plan to be a group of about 10 people and to drive ourselves around the country for two weeks. Our plan so far is to arrive and depart by air from La Paz, and to rent 2 4x4 over there for the duration of our trip.
I am currently in the process of making an itinerary for the trip which will take place in March and I was wondering if anyone had suggestions about the destination I have...

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 15:06 | Thorn Tree

Has anyone done this hike?

If so, could you tell me your experience and how to you got to Uni from La Paz and how you returned from Palca.

From what I understand, it's a mostly downhill hike. That would be great!

The bit I'm confused on is how long it takes. I've read anything between 2 to 5 hours.

Also confusing is whether the hike goes through the Palca Canyon as well as Valle de las Animas - or are they one and the same?

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Tuesday, October 22, 2019 - 19:26 | Thorn Tree

We can still use some volunteers for a eco project, not so far from the city of Cochabamba. Together with the village of Chocaya, some local organizations and volunteers we will restore about 40 hectares of ground. We work with Agroforestry, local trees, water systems and earth restoration. We look for people who can commit themself for at least 2 weeks. This will be mostly in November, December and possibly Januari. We can provide simple housing, but food has to be payed by the volunteers....

Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 00:47 | Thorn Tree

Having enjoyed the full 90 days and great hiking weather in Peru ill cross into Bolivia on the 20th November. I'm a self sufficient hiker with tent, stove, well acclimitazed after spending a lot of the last 4 months at altitude doing hikes etc. I realise that I'll be entering Bolivia potentially at the start of the rainy season: I'd ideally like to squeeze in a few hikes early in my trip (no time limit) and am happy to hop around Bolivia in a haphazard way to make this work....

Friday, October 18, 2019 - 10:03 | Thorn Tree

Hello. I'm in Santa Cruz right now and having difficulty finding information on accessing the national park--does anyone have experience in the past few years? I was planning to go in by the south, through Florida. What are the closest bus routes? Helpful contacts? Literally any information would help.

P.S. The fires also affect things. I think they've mostly come under control with recent rainfall, but there may still be military in the area.

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Monday, October 14, 2019 - 23:27 | Thorn Tree

I have looked everywhere and wanted to see if anyone has had a similar experience to myself. I was born in Bolivia and gained my US citizenship. My Bolivian Passport is expired, I have my birth certificate and my US passport says Nationality Bolivia. Do I need a Visa?

Last post at: 2019-10-15 07:51:50 UTC
Monday, October 14, 2019 - 23:13 | Thorn Tree

Is there any easy way of getting from Cochabamba to Salarying De Uyuni? Has anyone done the 3 day tour with starting point in Cochabamba? This is my first time returning home after my parents moved me away when I was 4 years old so I am thrilled to see my country at last! Any and all advice is appreciated.

Last post at: 2019-10-16 00:36:55 UTC
Sunday, October 13, 2019 - 14:43 | Thorn Tree


Just back from Bolivia and have a couple of recommendations in Sucre not in the latest LP guide.

  1. Stayed at Spanish Friends hostal. B$85 for a large well lit double room with a bathroom next door. The staff were excellent speaking both English and Spanish and also got up early to serve us breakfast when we had a flight. Easily the best value out of the 13 places we stayed in Bolivia. It is located on Calle Padilla between Grau and Dalence

We also ate...

Saturday, October 12, 2019 - 23:15 | Thorn Tree

we're planning with a friend a tour to Salar de Uyuni and South Lipez on the 22nd or 23rd of october 2019. We got a nice plan for a private tour from Uyuni, that was recommended by a friend organising vip tours in Bolivia for years. The price is over our reach for a private tour for 880 USD (for the whole 4WD, from 1 to 4 people max, we're two of us, so it exceeds our budget for this, but 220 per pax if you come and join us, would fit in our budget). We...

Wednesday, October 9, 2019 - 23:42 | Thorn Tree

Hello travellers, in particular travellers with children,

We will be in La Paz in a couple of days and wondering if anyone could suggest hostels suitable for a family (our children are 9 and 13) - economical, safe area and, ideally, with a communal area to relax.

Many thanks in advance.

Last post at: 2019-10-16 00:26:52 UTC
Wednesday, October 9, 2019 - 17:31 | Thorn Tree

Can anyone out there recommend a men's large size jacket or parka that will be good for an ascent of Nevado Sajama? The summit is above 21,000 feet and i'm hearing it is mighty cold!


Last post at: 2019-10-09 21:31:17 UTC
Monday, October 7, 2019 - 15:38 | Thorn Tree

Hello travellers,
2 points -

1) if you are in Potosi or are planning to go, reconsider your plans! The locals advised us this morning that it is likely that from Wednesday 9th October, city-wide protests and blockade will bring the city to a standstill, ie no one can enter or leave, UNTIL THE DAY OF THE ELECTIONS on 20th October. Plans are to be confirmed tomorrow.

2) We were planning to stay in Potosi for a few days as we love it but we now want to leave tomorrow....

Monday, October 7, 2019 - 02:40 | Thorn Tree

Hello travelers!
i was hoping some one would hve some info about rossing boarders in South America. ill be going through Chile, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, and Colombia in that order.
The boarder Im most worried about is Chile-Bolivia, Ill hopefily be taking a tour through the salt flats from San Pedro de Atacama to Uyuni. im american so Bolivia is the only counrty i need a Visa for, has anyone taken one of those toursand know how going across the boarder works? also if i need to get...

Friday, September 27, 2019 - 23:27 | Thorn Tree

Hello travellers,

My family and I (4)I are currently in Salta, North Argentina.
We are trying to plan ahead.... Our final flight is from Lima, in mid-December.

As costs are higher in Chile and everything needs to be multiplied by 4, we are hesitating into travelling to San Pedro before heading to Bolivia or going directly north into Bolivia from Salta.
Should san Pedro and the Atacama not be missed? Can similar landscapes be explored in Bolivia at lower costs?...

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