Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 11:12 | Thorn Tree

Hi there!
My partner and I are planning a long trip with the second half traveling through South American, starting in Buenos Aires. So far in our plans we have made our way to Santiago, Chile, which will be end of October. Our next goal would be to head toward Bolivia in the most efficient way possible to see the salt flats. I'm curious if anyone has any information of the best way to get there from this direction. Should we travel to Salta or Calama for the best starting point?...

Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 10:27 | Thorn Tree

Latest news this morning is that 700 police and highway department cranes are clearing the blockade by heavy trucks at the Tambo Quemado crossing to Chile, and that similar action will start at blockades at other places, such as outside Santa Cruz and Sucre.
Situation seems to be that with Carnival this weekend and supplies beginning to suffer government must either break the strike or give in to the truckers demands (to pay less tax).
An additional element in the thinking of both...

Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 09:58 | Thorn Tree

hey there:

we are considering a trip to bolivia, but it would be in mid december for 1-3 weeks.

is this a mistake?

i am starting to read that this is the wet and rainy season and not the best time to visit?

any thoughts here would be appreciated!


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Wednesday, February 3, 2016 - 18:07 | Thorn Tree


I am trying to make a grand tour of the world this year and Bolivia is one of the countries I wish to cover. The 2 places I wish to visit are Sucre and Uyuni. The idea is to fly into La Paz and directly take a connection to Sucre. A want to spend a 2.5 days in Sucre and then take a 10-hour bus ride, or preferably a 7-hour private vehicle ride, to Uyuni. However, I get confused about this.

(1) I don’t know whether you can see anything important between Sucre and Uyuni or...

Wednesday, February 3, 2016 - 05:08 | Thorn Tree

My partner and I have never been to South America before. We have booked an 18 day holiday - flying into Santiago, Chile in mid June and flying home from Santiago to Australia on 4 July. My partner really wants to see Valparaiso, the Atacama dessert, and the Bolivian salt flats. I want to see the Amazon because i like warmer and hotter weather more. To balance our two interests, it would be amazing if we could get some advice on whether the proposed itinerary is too ambitious...

Monday, February 1, 2016 - 16:38 | Thorn Tree

Hi there,

I am planning to go to Bolivia and then Peru. I want to take a bus from La Paz to Arequipa on a Thursday (31-03-2016), I heard Ormeño offers it. But I cannot find any information anywhere on the schedule, and I cannot reach them by email or telephone. I just want to know which days and at what time it goes (and from which station in La Paz). Any ideas on how to buy tickets too? Any information is welcome. Thanks in advance!

Last post at: 2016-02-03 18:03:28 UTC
Friday, January 29, 2016 - 03:29 | Thorn Tree

Hello, has anybody taken a tour with Natural Adventure
if yes, any feedback?

thinking of taking a salt flat tour with them

thank you in advance

Last post at: 2016-02-03 17:49:24 UTC
Wednesday, January 27, 2016 - 14:44 | Thorn Tree

Hola a todos busco amigos/as para viajar por Bolivia , mi iterinario es el siguente :
*2/1 – 2/7 Cochabamba
*2/8-2/10 La Paz
* 2/11-2/13 Lago Titicaca y Isla De Sol
*2/14-2/17 Tour Salar De Uyuni
*2/18-24 Cochabamba
*2/25-3/1 Samaipata
*3/2-3/8 Cochabamba vuelvo a U.S el 3/8
Tengo familia en Cbba y estare la mayoria de mi visita alla , este iterinario no es escrito en piedra algunas cositas pueden cambiar

Hi everyone I will be in Bolivia in...

Sunday, January 24, 2016 - 20:34 | Thorn Tree

Hi guys,
Im wondering if someone can help me out! We are travelling to South America this summer, we have mos things sorted but we just need some help/advice on how to get from Santa Cruz to Cusco. We are due to start the Inca Trail the 26th of August and arrive in Santa Cruz 10 days before that.
What would be the best way to travel to Cusco from Santa Cruz? Or any recommendations on what to try and see on our travel across Bolivia into Peru?

Thank you

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Sunday, January 24, 2016 - 14:55 | Thorn Tree

I'm looking to plan a surprise trip for my father whose always wanted to visit Puma Punku, and Tiwanauku (but Puma Punku is definitely of a higher priority).

I've seen that most tours offer other sites, and only visit Puma Punku briefly. Looking to field either
1) a tour that allows more freedom to explore - spending quite a bit of time at Puma Punku & Tiwanauku specifically
2)if not a tour - advice or share experiences on exploring without a guided tour. Note...

Sunday, January 24, 2016 - 14:45 | Thorn Tree

Looking for 3-5 experienced travelers to do the North Side of Noel Kempff Mercado National Park at the beginning of March 2016 (7+ days). If we are 6 the price appears to be 1000 USD each. The idea is to meet in St. Cruz and fly from there or Misiones. As a single traveler my price is 3600USD for 5 days (with travel commission and agency fees fully guided and stocked). There are also rumors that some logging companies are creating troubles to get more wood out of the area.

Friday, January 22, 2016 - 00:27 | Thorn Tree

Researching for our trip to the salt flats was challenging. Many people said it was definitely worth visiting (which I agree with), but it was a bit hit and miss regarding tour companies you travelled with.

We booked with Quechua Connections through Kanoo tours. Kanoo tours was a fantastic company to book though, easy to communicate with, pay for tours, etc. We also booked return flights to Uyuni through them. Most people took the night bus, but we opted for a little more comfort!...

Wednesday, January 20, 2016 - 05:52 | Thorn Tree

We are a group of 30 year olds making this trip. We don't expect to return to South America for a long, long time. This is probably why our itinerary might look a bit tight. Below is our rough itinerary for July:
1. Sau Paulo-2 nights
2. Cuzco-2 nights
3. Machu Pichu by train, Aguas Caliente-1 night
4. Cuzco back by train-1 night
5. La Paz-2 nights
6. Salar de Uyuni-3 nights tour
7. Rio-3 nights
Almost all of our travel between cities is by flights...

Monday, January 18, 2016 - 13:43 | Thorn Tree

HI, i will be in Bolivia in February of this year, I would like to do some day hikes or possibly a over nighter in Cochabamba, so far i have planned Parque Tunari, Toro Toro or Corani, I do realise Toro Toro and Corani are not in Cochabamba but pretty close,I have experience in hiking/trekking and have everything i need minus maps for hikes in Cochabamba, if anyone can give me a link or direct me where to purchase hiking trail maps its appreciated.

Last post at: 2016-01-18 19:57:47 UTC
Monday, January 18, 2016 - 06:10 | Thorn Tree

We have just been in Uyuni slat flat for a couple days and I must say the place is just breath taking.
If you ever consider visiting Bolivia, Uyuni salt flat is just 45 mins away from La Paz with an Airplane (Amazonas is managing the travel). After our trip I would say that the probable best way to visit the salt flat is starting from Chile and visiting the south part of this desert.
We visited it starting from Uyuni, and we had the most unpleasant experience with the travel...

Friday, January 15, 2016 - 13:18 | Thorn Tree

This year i'm planning on to do the Illampu Circuit - without a guide and alone. I have experience with trekking, but there is so little informations about this. If someone can help me, I would like to know how is the situation of this trek - about safety, if the trail is easy to find, this things -

Thanks very much = )

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Tuesday, January 12, 2016 - 21:45 | Thorn Tree

I work at a non-profit foundation in La Paz ([]) which makes free prosthetic limbs for low-income amputees. We have some donations of prosthetic feet and knees in Germany and we would like to find someone who can bring them for us. Please reply if you can help.

Last post at: 2016-01-14 04:27:57 UTC
Tuesday, January 12, 2016 - 14:45 | Thorn Tree

HI, i will be in Bolivia in Februray, Id like to take my mini etekcity stove to freezer bag cook my dehydrated meals in the woods, the thread is 7/16 and it uses propane or butane or a mix of both, i will mostly be in Cochabamba, but plan to visit La Paz and Santa Cruz. Thank you.

Hola a todos, pienso estar en Bolivia en Febrero, me gusta ir de campamento y largas caminatas en las montañas, estoy pensando traer mi mini estufa para cocinar mis alimentos cuando este de campamento en...

Sunday, January 10, 2016 - 17:37 | Thorn Tree

Hi travelers,

Have any Americans gone recently and gotten a tourist visa on arrival? It am just reading here that the embassy recommends getting it before going ( ) , but I would prefer not to, unless I have to. Can anyone confirm that Americans can get a visa on arrival? I will be arriving in Santa Cruz by...

Sunday, January 10, 2016 - 14:43 | Thorn Tree

Hi, i will be visiting Bolivia in February, I have this older cell phone that used the CDMA sim card/chip, my carrier here in the U.S was cricket, is this phone compatible to work with a Bolivian sim card.

Whats my better option, i have heard cell phones in Bolivia can go as low as $20 , i just need a phone in Bolivia to make/recieve calls , text would be nice . Thanks.

Last post at: 2016-01-10 18:43:24 UTC

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