Miércoles, Septiembre 12, 2018 - 11:00 | Thorn Tree

March 13 to April 26. Backpackers on a budget. In our 50s. Avid hikers.

We arrived a day later than expected (after a cancelled flight and a night in Mexico City), early in the morning in Santa Cruz de la Sierra. Most ATMs at the airport would not give us money but finally one did. Luckily the rest of our trip we did not have that problem. We took an airport taxi to our hotel downtown (70 Bs). It was only 6 am when we got dropped off at Residencial Ikandire II. A Mennonite family was...

Miércoles, Septiembre 12, 2018 - 01:46 | Thorn Tree

Hello everyone, me and my wife are are doing our retirement life trip, now we are planning to visit Bolivia then we want to travel to Brazil by bus or train, we want to enjoy the nature and know cultural, the questions are:
- is it possible to travel by land between Bolivia & Brazil?
- For us as Egyptians Bolivia is visa-free but Brazil visa is required, can we get it on the borders
- Anyone knows the best route we should take from Santa Cruze ( Bolivia) to Brazil,...

Domingo, Septiembre 9, 2018 - 11:55 | Thorn Tree

Just throwing a bottle here : is there any people (ideally two) wanting to team up for a climb of a peak in the cordillera real range ? I was thinking Potosi as it is the easiest, technically speaking. I have a bit of mountaineering experience, max PD+ (so nothing too hard) and I'd like to go climbing on my own with other people of such or greater experience, without tour or guides. I'll be on the cordillera real traverse for 10 days between 13 and 25 of september - roughly. After...

Jueves, Agosto 30, 2018 - 13:41 | Thorn Tree

Hello, I am flying to Bolivia from Switzerland and wonder if it is a problem if I dont have a return ticket. My plan is to travel on the road up to Colombia and fly back from there. Does anyone have experience in such a case? Regards

Last post at: 2018-08-31 11:10:20 UTC
Lunes, Agosto 27, 2018 - 14:10 | Thorn Tree

I will be solo travelling in Bolivia in September (2018) and plan to be in Tupiza (South of Uyuni) around 13-16 September (I may be a bit flexible regarding the dates). I am 29 years old, French, and speak fluent English and a bit of (limited) Spanish.

I am looking for people to share the costs and fun of a Salar Uyuni + Sud Lipez + Volcano ascent tour, preferably from Tupiza. Most agencies have regular 5-day tours from Tupiza including the ascent of either Licancabur, Uturuncu, or...

Lunes, Agosto 27, 2018 - 11:41 | Thorn Tree

I remember some of the Bolivia regulars here had a serious addiction for cholitas.
A magazine in Germany just published a few pictures from this series, a photographer has made an effort to show cholita style at its best. :-)

Last post at: 2018-08-27 15:41:24 UTC
Sábado, Agosto 18, 2018 - 10:18 | Thorn Tree

I visited Bolivia for 16 days in July-August 2018. I entered Bolivia from Peru (Puno) and exited to Chile (San Pedro de Atacama). I stayed overnight in Bolivia in Copacabana, La Paz, Oruro, Potosí, Sucre and Uyuni. Essentially my travels were confined to the Bolivian Antiplano (the [approximately] 35% of Bolivia that lies in the Andes).

The following are some thoughts on my stay which I hope might be of value to others planning a visit to Bolivia.

The highlight of my visit...

Viernes, Agosto 10, 2018 - 08:26 | Thorn Tree

I will be traveling for a month in Bolivia and have been reading generally about the food that is eaten. I'm beginning to get pretty worried as it does seem that a lot of meat is on the menu..has anyone else on this forum with my same diet travelled to Bolivia. I love to eat local food when traveling and will eat potatoes,quinoa,veg saltenas..... anything else?
Thank you to anyone who's able to provide some information....

Last post at: 2018-08-11 09:57:26 UTC
Jueves, Agosto 9, 2018 - 17:11 | Thorn Tree

I'm planning on buying a large Wiphala flag this sunday at the El Alto Market for my uni room next year. Was wondering if anyone knows how much they cost so therefore how much I should budget for it?

Last post at: 2018-08-09 21:11:12 UTC
Jueves, Agosto 9, 2018 - 12:20 | Thorn Tree

Hi we are looking if someone here might be interested into doing a 4day private tour. We are now two (sisters) and it might be afordable if we find another couple/ some more people. I know it's short notice, but it's the high season and you gotta try!

Last post at: 2018-08-09 21:09:01 UTC
Martes, Agosto 7, 2018 - 05:21 | Thorn Tree

On Thursday we will arrive in La Paz and we'll be going to the mountains after a few days. The first 2.5 days we'll be based in La Paz would like to make some day hikes from there to acclimatize (1 short one (3 hours) for the first day and 2 5-6 hour hikes for the other 2 days). I find it quite hard to find hikes that are not too far our of the city and are a bit longer than just 2 hours (I found for instance that in Valle de la Luna you can typically make hikes of 1-2 hours). Could...

Lunes, Agosto 6, 2018 - 16:57 | Thorn Tree

The last few days I have read about Bolivia and I have come up with an itinerary that I think will work well. I don’t like night buses and don’t want to spend whole days on buses either, so hope the domestic flights are not too expensive. To get acclimatized better to high altitude I plan to spend three nights in Sucre before continuing to higher elevation. It is still almost a year until my holiday so plenty of time to make changes 
I have a few questions (below the itinerary)....

Jueves, Agosto 2, 2018 - 15:51 | Thorn Tree

I had previously gone to Cochabamba and I purchased a flight for around $800 from JFK. The total trip time was around 25 hours with an 8 hour delay in Santa Cruz. I am going back to Cochabamba next month.

I was curious if anyone else has done this before: I was looking at flights from JFK to Cochabamba. If you purchase the ticket on one of the websites like expedia or Kayak its like a 24-30 hour flight with an 8 hour layover in Santa Cruz. However, if you purchase a single ticket...

Martes, Julio 31, 2018 - 14:27 | Thorn Tree

Hey there,

I'm planning a trip through Bolivia, Peru and Ecuador and I was wondering if my plan is doable in 5 weeks without rushing around.
I've travelled in central America before but the distances are obviously a lot shorter.

My itinerary:
Starting in la paz
Titicaca sea


And then going from Iquitos into Ecuador to spend at least 5-6 days at Galapagos.

This is just a rough...

Martes, Julio 31, 2018 - 09:53 | Thorn Tree

Here is my recent experience with BMG Bolivian Mountain Guide.
I had a very-private tour (me alone) with BMG this June, a net 7 days (+ travelling) in the Sajama region. A planned climb to Acotango, Parinacota, Sajama.

  1. I do not speak Spanish. Asked very clearly for an English speaking guide. What I was given, was a guide said to speak basic English - well, that was closer to no English. (I asked "when?", he answered "si, si".)
  2. The guide...
Martes, Julio 31, 2018 - 04:45 | Thorn Tree

I'm looking at several options for a trip to South America, and combining Bolivia and Brazil is one of them. One of the options is to fly into La Paz, have a couple of days there, then go to Uyuni and Sucre and flying from there to Pantanal. But the problem is I've never really been that high before, so I don't know how I'll react. And I am therefore looking into going the other way; Brazil first, and then taking a bus from Pantanal (Cuiaba area) to Sucre instead. This would...

Domingo, Julio 29, 2018 - 15:13 | Thorn Tree

The LP and other guidebooks warn against travel to Bolivia at any time of the year except May to October, due to rainy conditions. Is it really impossible to travel there in December? What would we miss by doing this?

Last post at: 2018-07-30 15:34:35 UTC
Domingo, Julio 29, 2018 - 09:37 | Thorn Tree


I've got 3 weeks over Xmas to see Bolivia. I'd be very grateful if anyone could suggest an Itinerary finishing and starting in La Paz. Thanks in advance guys.

Last post at: 2018-07-31 12:12:20 UTC
Jueves, Julio 19, 2018 - 13:14 | Thorn Tree

As of last night the border crossings near San Pedro de Atacama and also at Ollague are closed due to snow fall.

This means currently the 3 Day salt flats tours cannot then have the transfer to Chile on day 3 and there is no alternative bus transfer option via Ollague. You would need to travel another route if you need to go to Chile

Last post at: 2018-07-23 23:48:17 UTC
Lunes, Julio 16, 2018 - 10:41 | Thorn Tree

I am considering a extended South America trip in a future RTW trip. Has anyone Gone overland from La Paz to Santiago Chile? I see from a Google search there are Tour operators that handle the La Paz to Santiago trip. Has anyone gone overland from la Paz to Santiago? How was it? Do you recomend it? Did youdo this on your own?

Thank you


Last post at: 2018-07-17 10:16:16 UTC

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