Sunday, February 26, 2017 - 09:04 | Thorn Tree

hey everyone, i am unable to book a Amaszonas or BOA flight from VVI (santa cruz) to SRE (sucre) in bolivia due to my foreign credit card. I am in email contact with Amaszonas and they assure me I have a reservation, which they emailed me, and i will print out, however they expect me to pay for the reservation at the last minute on the day of the flight. I arrive with an international fight to VVI early in the morning and have a morning flight to sucre. Has anyone else done this successfully...

Saturday, February 25, 2017 - 03:21 | Thorn Tree

We (3 people) want to visit Tihuanaco. We speak only English, no Spanish. We want to take a bus from Puno (Peru) via Desaguadero to La Paz.
1. Should we come to La Paz from Puno in one day and then next day in La Paz should we take an 8-hour tour to Tihuanaco? OR
2. Is it better to get off the bus in Tihuanaco (about 1:00 pm) on the way from Puno the first day, take an English speaking guide, visit ruins, spend a night in Tihuanaco and then next day go in the morning go...

Friday, February 24, 2017 - 12:43 | Thorn Tree

hey can i ask people to look at my ideas for sucre? they are mostly restaurants and cafes and happy hours (things im interested in eating/drinking), non-meat options prefered, just want to make sure i have got all the best places lined up, thanks

-2 supermarkets Pompeya supermarket near plaza, near cinema (wed 2x1 movie nights). SAS supermarkets. -La Vieja Bodega: 465 Bolivar/Nicolas Ortiz #38. -Abis cafe, homemade deserts, ice cream, fastest wifi: Perez #366. -Abis Patio (well...

Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 17:28 | Thorn Tree

Hello Everyone
Some advice is sought as to what kind of equipment is required to do the following treks (we'll be in the region during March, April and the first half of May)-

Ecuador- treks in the Quilotoa loop

Bolivia- El Chorro and Takesi treks

Peru- Salcantay, Choquequirau, Santa Cruz, Colca canyon treks

We have everything required but would prefer not to carry it if is not needed. In particular, are tents and stoves needed or can one find basic...

Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 13:39 | Thorn Tree

Sorry I can'y speak very well in english but I would like to share my bad experience with this "fake" agency :

When you arrive in the city of Uyuni, a woman named Andréa who speaking a very good english come to see you and say she's the owner of a very good agency, better than the other and purpose to go to her agency to have a shower and a coffee.

She ask you money first, then she forget the coffee and the shower and go to another agency to buy a tour....

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 23:14 | Thorn Tree

I'm writing this (a bit late, I confess) to go over a few things of my Bolivia trip and address some questions I had that I was then able to answer once going on the trip. And I'm putting some keywords in the subject line in case others have the same questions and they're directed here by a Google search.

El Alto to Copacabana
My friend and I arrived at La Paz/El Alto airport and wanted to go to Isla del Sol from there. As reported on here, the...

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 20:23 | Thorn Tree

Hi everyone, is anyone else having trouble booking flights with and

Amaszonas rejected my credit card at the last minute, it is a visa from Canada. BOA doesn't have an English version of its website and won't even let me type in Visa details. I am in Guatemala...

Sunday, February 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:...

Friday, February 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...

Wednesday, February 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...

Tuesday, February 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
Monday, February 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
This follows a case in the lowland area of northern La Paz. Spanish speakers may be struck, as...

Saturday, February 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.


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Friday, February 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?


Last post at: 2017-02-12 18:40:14 UTC
Friday, February 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...

Thursday, February 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
Tuesday, February 7, 2017 - 08:31 | Thorn Tree


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.

Arrive in San Pedro De Atacama

San Pedro - excursions

San Pedro - excursions

San Pedro - Start Salt Flat Tour
Salt Flat


Tuesday, February 7, 2017 - 07:47 | Thorn Tree

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...

Saturday, February 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...

Friday, February 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...

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