Wednesday, April 27, 2016 - 05:29 | Thorn Tree

Hi! In a few days I will head from Salta to Bolivia. I have some US Dollars with me and also Euros. Can I exchange euros to Bolivianos in Villazon or Tupiza? Argentinian Pesos? Or should i already exchange them in Buenos Aires, is this possible?

I wouldn't prefer to use the ATMs since I can only withdraw the value of 60 per day with high commission.

Thank you!!

Last post at: 2016-04-28 00:37:30 UTC
Tuesday, April 26, 2016 - 16:42 | Thorn Tree


We are going for a 3 weeks trip in Bolivia and and would be interested in buying decent mountain bikes in la paz to do the trip
Does someone know shop where we could buy ? (and maybe sell it back to the vendor after the trip)
I've already checked at,
Thanks for...

Monday, April 25, 2016 - 15:22 | Thorn Tree

Dear US travellers, being Dutch I am happily exempt from all those visa requirements. However, my girlfriend isn't. I was wondering if any of you have any advice on what kind of supporting documents to take to justify the visa, given that we have no ticket in, no hotels booked, and no ticket out. Having talked to the consulate here in SP twice, we have received completely different information, from the same person, twice : 'D First time, they said that we need to request a visa in...

Monday, April 25, 2016 - 04:57 | Thorn Tree


Can somebody please share their recent experience with the tour operators in Uyuni? I'm looking for an agency that can organize a 3d trip. So far I have found the following agencies: Estrella del Sur, Uyuni Tours and Red Planet.

Last post at: 2016-04-26 01:38:33 UTC
Sunday, April 24, 2016 - 16:11 | Thorn Tree

My team would like to do some trekking out of Sorata in Sept. Does anyone have updates on the guide situation in Sorata? Most of what I've been reading is at least three years old and not encouraging. The last I read the guides were of poor quality and comparatively expensive. On the other hand, the Feb 2015 edition of The Rough Guide to Bolivia indicates that the guide situation is quite good. But again, I don't know if that info is current and reliable.

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Friday, April 22, 2016 - 16:29 | Thorn Tree


We have two full days in Uyuni and are staying at one of the salt hotels at the edge of the Salt flat. I have two questions

  1. Can we do a day trip to the Red and Green Lagoons? Are there any good tour companies for this? So far I have seen only 2/3 day trips.

  2. What would be a good day trip for day 2?



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Tuesday, April 19, 2016 - 18:16 | Thorn Tree

If there are any qualified English teachers currently in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, lets get together for bilateral relations. PM me.

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Thursday, April 14, 2016 - 13:37 | Thorn Tree

I'm going to be in Bolivia a Monday-Saturday and I would like do a two-night trip to Isla del Sol (with a night in Copacabana and then a night on the island) as well as see the El Alto market on the Thursday that I'm there. I land in La Paz very late Sunday night/Monday morning and I want to take it easy on the first day due to the altitude, so I don't want to take the tourist bus to Copacabana early Monday morning. What's the best way to do this? Are there afternoon buses to...

Thursday, April 14, 2016 - 03:55 | Thorn Tree

Hey everybody !

I am actually prepraring my solo trip to Bolivia before to meet with mt friend in Perou. I am getting ready to go, but most of my friends are stressing me out about the Zika virus. If anyone could tell me how bad it is really ( or not) and how as a traveler you deal with it. Also, I am trying to do a lot of trek and Hiking, it seems that a lot of those thing must be done through tours, which make the trip really expensive at the end of the day, do you guys have any...

Sunday, April 10, 2016 - 01:54 | Thorn Tree

Good afternoon!
I would love to go to these places while visiting South America, and i would want to spend less than 14 days between these two locations. Like 10 nights is preferrable. Im located in Miami, so its pretty close to locations comparing with other US cities.
Please, if you had trip like this or similar, i would love to find out about it.
The dates will be july or august.
Thank you!

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Friday, April 8, 2016 - 15:27 | Thorn Tree

Hi everyone

We recently finished a trip across the Salar de Uyuni, the standard three day tour starting from San Pedro de Atacama and finishing at Uyuni.

We used Cordillera Traveller as out of the operators in San Pedro, they were the only one on this forum with consistently positive recommendations. We paid 110,000 Chilean Pesos per person, a little above the quote from our hostel (100,000) and considering the hostel would have been outsourcing to another company I guess...

Friday, April 8, 2016 - 12:36 | Thorn Tree

We are hearing a lot of horror stories about the bus journey from Sucre to La Paz:
The drivers are drunk
The toilets are locked so the drivers don't have to clean them
The buses are disgusting

Is there much truth in this?

We are aware flights are reasonable at around 1000B all in for both of us
(800B for flight for 2 of us plus a 200B for a double room which we wouldn't need if we take the overnight bus)
260B all in for both of us on...

Wednesday, April 6, 2016 - 07:27 | Thorn Tree

Hi guys,
In July,myself and my girlfriend will be flying into Santa Cruz, we have roughly 8-10 days in Bolivia when we have to make our way up to Cusco to complete the Inca Trail. Anyone have any recommendations on what would be our best course of action for the 8-10 days(where to go,what to do?)

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Saturday, April 2, 2016 - 20:47 | Thorn Tree

Has anyone heard when the new airport near Sucre will be open? Thanks.

Last post at: 2016-04-03 21:47:33 UTC
Friday, April 1, 2016 - 03:33 | Thorn Tree

Hello everyone! My son is planning a trip to El Salvador, hoping then to Peru and Bolivia (one month in total). He lives in Germany and he asks me what would be the most convenient airport for him to fly back to Stuttgart. Last year my wife and I traveled overland to Argentina, Chile and Bolivia; we stopped by in Uyuni in fact, but we didn't have a look to the airport, so we do not know whether or not this is a reliable airport linking Bolovia with Germany/Europe. Otherwise I guess his...

Thursday, March 31, 2016 - 16:44 | Thorn Tree

Does anyone know the rules for setting up a PO Box in Bolivia? I can't get the post office on the phone nor via email. I'm trying to figure out if signup can be done remotely or not, etc.

Alternatively, if there are virtual office options anywhere in Bolivia that can also receive packages, that would suffice. Wondering if anyone has heard of such services. Google searches in spanish and english dont turn up much. Services seem sparse.

Last post at: 2016-04-04 17:11:47 UTC
Thursday, March 31, 2016 - 07:26 | Thorn Tree

Hi all,

I'd appreciate some advice on any good hostels that are at a lower elevation. The reason I'm asking is I've suffered from altitude sickness before whilst in Puno (~3800m) and I'm cautious about flying into La Paz (~4000m?) from sea level. I've read that La Paz has some areas with lower elevation than others, do you know any hostels (or cheap places to stay) in these lower elevation areas?

I've got some Diamox to help acclimatize and I'm...

Tuesday, March 29, 2016 - 16:52 | Thorn Tree

Hi guys

I have a question. I want to travel from La Paz to Arequipa this Thurdsday. I herad Ormeno is not doing the iterinary directly anymore, but that you can go to Puno and take the bus to Arequipa there. To plan accordingly though, I would need to know at what time the buses to Arequipa leave, from Puno.
In that way, I will know at what time I will have to leave from La Paz.

Also, any recommendations on bus companies both for La Paz-Puno and Puno-Arequipa?


Friday, March 25, 2016 - 23:38 | Thorn Tree


was just wondering if the buses that go from S. Cruz pass by Samaipata. I plan to go to Samaipata and would be much easier to just take a bus from there rather than returning to Santa Cruz.

If anyone has done this route in recent year(s), would be great to hear from you.


Last post at: 2016-03-30 17:23:08 UTC
Friday, March 25, 2016 - 22:51 | Thorn Tree


I will soon be coming to Santa Cruz and plan to visit Fuerte de Samaipata ruins. I was wondering if someone knows where can I take the micro/combi colectivo that goes to the town of Samaipata? And then after that to the ruins...

Many thanks,

Last post at: 2016-03-29 14:46:55 UTC

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