Sunday, May 26, 2019 - 07:24 | Thorn Tree

Hi all,

We are considering the following companies for a 3d 2n tour of the Salar de Uyuni salt flats, departing from Uyuni and ending up in San Pedro de Atacama. Thought I'd share our research but also get any advice on which company to go for ...

  1. Cruz Andina - $180pp

Friday, May 24, 2019 - 01:06 | Thorn Tree

1 month trip.. Peru/Bolivia. Would like to do a jungle lodge. Most interested in Chalalan in Madidi in Bolivia. However I have a moderate sleep apnea and require a cpap machine.

I am unable to use a CPAP at chalalan.

Do you know of any jungle lodge in Bolivia or peru or possibly outside of those countries where I could use a CPAP?

Other question are there jungle excursions that can be done as a day trip so I can back to hotel or hostel and use my cpap?

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - 22:47 | Thorn Tree

Any recommendations on an excellent 3 day salt flat tour that is recent? Speaking of Bolivia. Also how cold is sleeping? I only have a 55 degree bag and a little warm gear.

Last post at: 2019-05-22 19:35:12 UTC
Monday, May 20, 2019 - 15:04 | Thorn Tree

Hi All,
This gets posted every now and then, but currently the US consulates are saying that Americans should get their visas in advance of arrival in Bolivia. I have a feeling that is just official policy to be cautious, but in reality it is still possible to get visa on arrival. Has anyone reading this gotten a Bolivian visa in the past few weeks?

Last post at: 2019-05-20 19:04:11 UTC
Sunday, May 19, 2019 - 16:48 | Thorn Tree

We are staying at Hotel Cortez in Santa Cruz the end of July. Due to flight schedule changes, we are now arriving much earlier than expected (1:44 am). We have a meeting at 5 pm that day at the hotel. We will be 11 women and 1 man--most with little to no Spanish and little experience traveling abroad. Range in age from 19 to 62.

  1. Besides catching up with some sleep, and hanging by the pool, any suggestions for safe sightseeing for a few hours?

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Friday, May 17, 2019 - 09:15 | Thorn Tree

What kind of sleeping bag I need if I want to climb (at the beginnig of Oct) the Nevado Sajama (6500m)?
I have a 3 season sleeping bag that is good for +2 celsius (comfort +2C,35F limit -4C, 25F). What do you think it is warm enough?

Last post at: 2019-05-20 01:24:44 UTC
Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 08:48 | Thorn Tree


I am flying into la paz next week and plan to spend a few days there then work my way up, via lake titicaca, to cuzco where I will be volunteering. Most of the trip is set, but being that I am a yong woman traveling alone was wondering whether my plan of visiting Val de Luna and Tihuanaco independantly (without a tour) is a good idea. My concern stems from the possibility of being out on a trail without much foot traffic/that's out of view from anyone else... I assume this...

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - 08:38 | Thorn Tree

It is an extremely long shot but I have arranged a guide to climb the Huayna Potosi in two days, from tomorrow wednesday the 15th on.
If there is anyone interested to team up, that would cut the cost of the guide and transportation in half.
If interested, please send me a pm on as soon as possible as we will have to make arrangements to get the proper gear and so on, or...

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - 04:23 | Thorn Tree


We’re planning a trip to Bolivia and Peru for august- september. We would do cusco, machu pisshu, arequipa, titicaca lake, la paz and salar uyuni.
The tickets are a lot cheaper for us if we would fly in in bolivia and fly out in Peru. So start with uyuni and end our trip with machu picchu.
But really all the itinerarys that I red, go from Peru to Bolivia. I was wondering if there is a reason for it. Mayby it has to do something with the altitude? Does anyone has...

Sunday, May 12, 2019 - 17:04 | Thorn Tree

Is 2000 USD enough for eight weeks of budget travel in Bolivia?

I'd like to get a good look at La Paz, Cochabamba, Sucre and Potosi.

One complication, which might shorten my journey a bit, is that I might want to do a guided trek.


Le Retif

Last post at: 2019-05-12 21:14:32 UTC
Friday, May 10, 2019 - 17:38 | Thorn Tree

Hi all,

I want to climb a few mountains in August 2019, the first two weeks is when I'll be there. I'm hoping to share a trip to sajama national park, let me know if you are interested in joining.



Last post at: 2019-05-14 15:30:52 UTC
Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 20:19 | Thorn Tree


Can anyone recommend guide services operating out of La Paz that might do the Yunga Cruz Trek for less than 300 USD? From what I saw in Southern Peru a few years ago it's likely to be as much as 50% less expense in the country itself as the prices listed by guide services on the internet. I'm not trying to be stingy here, but, after all, it is I believe a roughly 38 mile/5-day trek and in the US I am very much considered to be a poor person.

Also has this trek...

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 - 19:31 | Thorn Tree

Has anyone climbed Chachacomani? If so, can you share some insights? How technical is it? How exposed is the Ruta Normal?


Last post at: 2019-05-08 23:31:46 UTC
Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 00:56 | Thorn Tree

We'd like to hire a driver to go from La Paz to Copacabana. We'd stay 2 days at the lake and need a driver for the retur trip. Does anyone have recommendations.

Last post at: 2019-05-03 01:00:03 UTC
Sunday, April 21, 2019 - 11:42 | Thorn Tree

Hi all,
I’m just wondering if anyone has been to la Paz lately and tried doing one of the prison tours that the prisoners used to run.
I can’t find anywhere online saying f it’s possible to do them anymore.
I know they aren’t officially allowed but I would be very interested in doing one.

Any info would be appreciated. Thank you.

Last post at: 2019-04-21 16:12:36 UTC
Sunday, April 21, 2019 - 10:22 | Thorn Tree

How easy is it to find accommodation on arrival to Challapampa in the beginning of July?
At the moment there is only one place in Challapampa available on so if it is easy to find accommodation on arrival I will wait.

I plan to take the boat from Copacabana to Challapampa, see the sites on the north side of Isla del Sol and stay the night in Challapampa. The next day I plan to hike to the south side of the island, see the sights there and stay the night in Yumani (I...

Saturday, April 20, 2019 - 12:48 | Thorn Tree

Ola :) I’m planning a month traveling solo in Bolivia and Peru in October – November.
My interests are nature, trekking, mountains, scenery, wild places, out of the beaten path, wildlife, authentic experiences, culture and connecting / meeting with local people. I’m not so keen on cities or big towns or touristy places. I am not after luxury or comfort, I travel with a backpack and stay in hostels or with local people. I don't speak Spanish (only French and English), but am trying...

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 - 08:21 | Thorn Tree

Hi all :)
I am planning a solo trip in Bolivia at the end of May. I drafted an itinerary but would like to have opinions/suggestions! I decided to travel only the altiplano because time is simply not enough to see everything :(
I have been to Peru and in Ladakh and never suffered from altitude sickness so far. Of course you never know...
My flight is to Santa Cruz de la Sierra and my idea was to catch an internal flight to Sucre as soon as I arrive (question: can I do it at...

Monday, April 15, 2019 - 07:25 | Thorn Tree

I am organising a big trekking trip, and would like to know what the law is on access to protected or indigenous areas. For example, will I legally need to use a guide to pass through certain parks?
I would also like to know the average price to hire a local guide per day in more remote areas of Bolivia.
Thanks in advance!

Last post at: 2019-04-16 11:49:37 UTC
Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 08:18 | Thorn Tree

Hi I need to get a Visa for Bolivia. How or where can I get a passport photo uploaded to do online process? Should I just wait till I arrive there? And bring photos?

Last post at: 2019-04-13 13:58:21 UTC

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