Friday, May 26, 2017 - 00:45 | Thorn Tree

We are planning to be volunteer and home school in for a month in Bolivia. I have arranged volunteering in Tomina, outside of Sucre by a few hours, and am wondering if anyone has visited there and if so any helpful tips about it. How big is it, good day or weekend trips from there. Will I be able to access wifi via cellular network with a SIM card? My daughters need it for their school work including short videos. Any and all experience appreciated.

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Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 14:22 | Thorn Tree

There is company in La Paz called Vicunia Travel that sells different tours and bus rides. They have their office at La Paz main bus terminal. Don't you ever use their service! They are just liars who steal money from tourist. They sold us a ticket for a route La Paz-Arequipa via Desaguadero border and told us this is going to be a direct service. They charged us 200 bolivianos each (which is a lot for bolivian standards) promising very comfortable and direct service....

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - 14:14 | Thorn Tree

Hi everyone i have a lot of medium bandwidth online work to do (mostly related to streaming videos and many small downloads). I noticed there is very little difference between the quality and speed of the internet at abis cafe vs other cafes in central Sucre, even pueblo chico, which was the worst. Abis was quite similar to that of the guesthouse I'm staying at. I haven't tried metro cafe yet but in the meantime is there another recommendation you have for the fastest wifi in Sucre?...

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 - 09:11 | Thorn Tree

Hi everybody, does anybody know the river Rio Ichilo is high enough for travelling from Puerto Villaroel to Trinidad?
I will depart in 2 days from Santa Cruz.
Thanks fellow travellers

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Monday, May 22, 2017 - 20:37 | Thorn Tree

Hi there,

We (couple travelling through South America) just had a massive argument with the owner of our hostel about whether or not tourists staying in Bolivia for less than 59 days pay IVA on accommodation. Our argument was based on the information provided by (the webpage we booked the accommodation through): "Please note that by Bolivian law, all foreigners staying more than 59 days in Bolivia and Bolivian citizens must pay 13% VAT. To be exempt, please show a...

Friday, May 19, 2017 - 16:49 | Thorn Tree

I had the plan to go trekking in the Salar the Uyuny area.
I' ve done the normal Uyuny tour five years ago and really liked the area and would now like to see it from a different angle: not mainly from a car but some trekking included (I mean trekking, not just a 1h walk).
Somebody told me that trekking is not allowed in this area, only the normal tour thing.
Does anybody know anything about that?

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - 16:34 | Thorn Tree

Is 1600 USD enough to travel on the cheap for six weeks in Bolivia? In Peru three years ago the word was that the prices of daily living while traveling was roughly half of that in Peru.


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Monday, May 15, 2017 - 23:10 | Thorn Tree

Some trekking services seem to be charging a mighty high price for a 13 to 14 day walk in the poorest country in South America.

Is it less expensive to look for a guide service once I arrive in La Paz? Once on the ground in Peru the prices of climbs/guides is generally about half of what's listed on the internet. One UK guide service is charging more than 3,000 quid! Are they just selling to drunks, or what?!

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Monday, May 15, 2017 - 10:25 | Thorn Tree

Hi everyone!
I've recently arrived in Bolivia. Please help me! I want to learn more about e-pays. What are popular? What is more simple?
Hope for your support!!

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Friday, May 12, 2017 - 23:44 | Thorn Tree

I want to do a seven day circuit trek of the Illampu-Ancohuma massif, starting and ending in Sorata.

Any suggestions for the practical steps to make this happen, and how much it will cost in USD -- a ballpark estimate -- will be greatly appreciated.


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Friday, May 12, 2017 - 15:51 | Thorn Tree

My wife and I will be touring the Salar in late July. We are trying to decide whether to pay for the additional cost of an English-speaking guide. Neither of us speaks Spanish. We of course do not yet know whether the other two travelers who will be placed on the tour with us will want to share the cost of this service, which exceeds $100.
For anyone in our circumstance who has done the tour, was your experience greatly enhanced by having a guide with whom you could readily communicate...

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 13:41 | Thorn Tree

We are planning to visit Peru later this year and do the Salkantay trek. We are not very likely to visit that part of the world again and wanted to spend a few days in Bolivia before the trek. We would at least like to visit Salar de Uyuni. Even though one should ideally spend more time, we don't have many vacation days and wanted to know if we should not bother with Bolivia at all if we cannot spare more than 5 days in the country. We are in the initial planning stages and would most...

Monday, May 8, 2017 - 09:50 | Thorn Tree

We want to go to Salar de Uyuni, and we've heard that Tupiza might be a good option, but maybe a little more expensive.

What are the cost going from Tupiza compared to Uyuni, and are there any differences regarding quality, what sights you see etc?

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Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 12:12 | Thorn Tree

How do Bolivian people react to being asked permission to take their photo? Some countries I've visited are better than others. I have heard a rumour that the indigenous people of Bolivia don't particularly like having their photo taken. Is there any truth in this? Many thanks for your assistance.

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Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 08:26 | Thorn Tree

Some information told that there is a daily bus depart from San pedro de Atacama to Uyuni.
Has anyone recently take this route?

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Friday, May 5, 2017 - 17:04 | Thorn Tree

Hey everyone, I am looking for recommendations for institutions, non-profits, etc.. offering shorter volunteer opportunities in Sucre. I already know about Condor Trekkers, and I'm hoping to know about more. My skills and interests are centered around writing, photography, journalism, research, organization, investigation, language teaching (multilingual), vegetarian cooking, and more. I am well-traveled and looking to make Bolivia my permanent home in the near future.

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Thursday, May 4, 2017 - 20:30 | Thorn Tree

I know i should join the pampas tour when i arrive Rurrenaque. I just want to know the budget so I ask Sunrise travel in Rurrenaque about the price. They said: "tourism levels prices in all rurrenaque, at minimum prices of 1200 bs. Per person and is not included the entrance to the national park of 150 bs. Additional per person. These prices come already from the last year in the month of August 2016 from that date already settled in the prices of 1200 bs." is it true??


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