Samstag, Oktober 13, 2018 - 13:50 | Thorn Tree


I am planning to go to Sajama NP arriving from Chile. Is there any local guide or tour operator in the area (I could only find tours from La Paz)? Or is it easy to visit the park on our own? I guess local transport is difficult.


Last post at: 2018-10-16 22:08:40 UTC
Mittwoch, Oktober 3, 2018 - 16:37 | Thorn Tree


I'm doing a tour on the 11th December of the salt flats with salty desert tours (who are rated highest on trip advisor for safety). The tour is in English and so they've added an extra 50 dollars on to the cost which is a bit much! There's no group tour option for that day so is anyone interested in joining to split the cost? Otherwise I will just get the Spanish guide, and just smile and nod my way through haha

Last post at: 2018-10-03 20:37:43 UTC
Dienstag, Oktober 2, 2018 - 16:09 | Thorn Tree

This seems like a long shot, but I thought Thorn Tree might be my best chance...

I'm looking for a sports/outdoors photographer who can work for a day in/near the Cordillera Real (flexible, but needs to be mountains!) any time between Oct 12-Nov 5. You'll be shooting a mountain runner (me!) for use on web and print by sponsors, outdoor mags, and PR. If there are any pro photogs in the area, or even amateur photographers passing through Bolivia with their kit, hopefully it...

Sonntag, September 30, 2018 - 18:08 | Thorn Tree

Hey there!

I have a few questions for US Citizens who have recently traveled to Bolivia via land crossing. I've searched the interwebs far and wide about tourist visa requirements at the border, but haven't found anything consistent.

  1. What documents do you absolutely need when trying to enter Bolivia (as a US Citizen)?
  2. I'm currently in Peru, do you recommend that I try to get the visa beforehand at the consulate in Cusco?


Samstag, September 29, 2018 - 13:10 | Thorn Tree

Hey guys :)

Me and my friend we are studying tourism and we have to do a project which is to create a new travel.
So our idea is to combine travelling through Bolivia and learning spanish.

So know we would like to know if someone of you would be interested in doing such a group travel if it would be existing?

Here some facts about our fictional tour:
- Bolivia (seeing the highlights)
- guided group travel of around 10 people
- 21 days (3 weeks)...

Mittwoch, September 26, 2018 - 13:01 | Thorn Tree

After a few iterations, I'm somewhat there with my final itinerary. It's had to be pretty structured, as time is limited, so was just wondering if it looks good and perhaps more importantly, realistic?

I am staying in Cusco for a while before this trip and I fly home from Buenos Aires, so this is my journey there. I'm not sure if it's a little rushed and I've been overly ambitious, so was just after some thoughts.

Day one
Starting in Cusco - Get on...

Mittwoch, September 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...

Mittwoch, September 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,...

Sonntag, September 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...

Donnerstag, August 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
Montag, August 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...

Montag, August 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
Samstag, August 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...

Freitag, August 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
Donnerstag, August 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
Donnerstag, August 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
Dienstag, August 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...

Montag, August 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)....

Donnerstag, August 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...

Dienstag, Juli 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...

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