Saturday, 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...

Friday, 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
Thursday, 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
Thursday, 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
Tuesday, 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...

Monday, 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)....

Thursday, 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...

Tuesday, July 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...

Tuesday, July 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...
Tuesday, July 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...

Sunday, July 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
Sunday, July 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
Thursday, July 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
Monday, July 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
Sunday, July 15, 2018 - 08:21 | Thorn Tree

Hi All

I plan to go to Bolivia to visit my girlfriend in a couple of days. I am a UK citizen and I have a flight with return ticket booked, I will be spending 31 days there.

I have seen some information online saying that I am entitled to a 90 day stay without a visa, but that initially I can only stay for 30 days, and must get an extension once I am there. I am concerned that I might be turned away or questioned since my planned stay (as stated in my flight ticket) exceeds...

Friday, July 13, 2018 - 17:24 | Thorn Tree

Hey, just looking for some more up to date advice than from a guidebook
Are there still boats going from Trinidad to Puerto Villaoreal?
Do they still cost roughly 250BOBs and take 3-4 days?
Does anyone have experience taking them - what kinda supplies is it best to take?

Last post at: 2018-07-13 21:24:48 UTC
Tuesday, July 3, 2018 - 04:18 | Thorn Tree


I will be travelling with 2 friends in Bolivia and we plan to do the "4 days Uyuni tour".
What is good with this one is that you drive the other way around as the other tours so less people an best view on the last day.
There are 6 seats in the car this is why we are looking for 3 other people to join us :)
Tour will be from the 5th to the 8th of August.

We are 3 French (30 y.o) living in North of France and in Germany.
We are nice fun and...

Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 11:26 | Thorn Tree


I am planning on doing the 3d/2n Huayna Potosi climb this week. I have a fair bit of trekking experience, but have never climbed anything this high. Having looked online and around La Paz it appears that Climbing South America seems like the most professional organisation with the most qualified guides. However they are charging significantly more than other operators (Bs 1400 vs Bs 1000 for High Camp Lodge).

Does anyone have any experience with them? Is the extra cash...

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - 18:13 | Thorn Tree

There are rumors, that all trains between Villazon and Oruro are suspended until end of the year because of maintenance. Even on the homepage of FCA there is an announcement, but without any infomation about time, period or beginning-date. I planed to take the train in october. So can anybody confirm (or better not .. )

By the way. Espresso del Sur runs on saturday? On FCA Homepage they say sunday instead of saturday. Did they change recently?

Thanks a lot for help.

Monday, June 11, 2018 - 15:49 | Thorn Tree

Hi all,
This is probably the hundred topic opened regarding altitude sickness, but nevertheless I'd still like to hear your advice. I'm goin from Arica to San Pedro de Atacama by bus and was thinking to stay there for 2 nights, before starting my Uyuni tour. Do you think this would be OK to aclimatize? Of course it depends to person to person, but in general... would 2 nights be OK before starting the tour? After Uyuni I want to head to La Paz.

Any good reliable company...

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