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...

Thursday, June 7, 2018 - 23:05 | Thorn Tree

Hi, we are a couple in our 30s going in bolivia for less then 2 weeks in july. My boyfriend is with me for 11 days and I would stay for 7 more days (then leaving to Brazil hopefully flying from Santa Cruz). So far, this is our itinerary and I would love your feed back.

  • July 9th Flying from Montreal/Canada to La Paz/Bolivia
    July 10th - arriving in La Paz at 3 am and taking it slow on the first day
    July 11th – La Paz
    July 12th – La Paz
    July 13th – Copa...
Tuesday, June 5, 2018 - 13:03 | Thorn Tree

Hi everybody,
I will enter Bolivia overland from Perù at the end of June after spending one week in the Cuzco area (at one of the borders on the Titicaca lake) and I wonder whether the yellow fever vaccination is mandatory to be able to cross or not. I know it is reccomended for people coming from Perù, even though I'm not visiting the tropical areas and my trip will be mostly in the mountains, so I don't fear the infection.
I will cross back to Perù after a couple of weeks...

Monday, June 4, 2018 - 11:52 | Thorn Tree


I’m currently planning a 4-month trip to South America with my wife later this year, and would greatly appreciate some advice from the Thorntree hive mind on the Bolivia and Peru section of our itinerary. I’ve been researching the trip extensively over the last few months, including on these forums, but it seems like every time I think I’ve worked out a plan I’m suddenly seized by an urge to rip it all up and start again… South America is a big place!

We’ll be entering...

Saturday, May 19, 2018 - 10:14 | Thorn Tree

Hi guys,

i would love to see uyuni and surroundings by bike!
anyone who would like to join around the end of may / beginning of june 2018?
as i am not very experienced i thought that maybe if we are a bunch of people we could afford to rent the equipent AND a guide at uyuni who is willing to join. i think if we had around 5-7 days it would be nice!
anyone who would like to join? if it doesn't work out we can still just book a normal tour...

hope to finde...

Friday, May 18, 2018 - 10:07 | Thorn Tree

Dose anyone know where I can buy a old SLR film camera in lapaz. Late 1960ies

Last post at: 2018-05-18 14:07:21 UTC
Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 22:25 | Thorn Tree

How does La Paz compare to Quito and Lima regarding crime?
Is La Paz generally safe by day?
Any info about security would be appreciated.

Last post at: 2018-05-25 00:36:33 UTC
Tuesday, May 15, 2018 - 04:31 | Thorn Tree

Hey guys,
Looking to head from La Paz to Samaipata via bus wondering what the easiest way to do this would be? La Paz to Cochabamba to Samaipata or is there a bus I could get from La Paz that would take me through Samaipata without a changeover? Also if anyone knows how long this journey will take it would be appreciated.


Last post at: 2018-05-15 23:02:25 UTC
Saturday, May 12, 2018 - 17:10 | Thorn Tree

Planning on going on a Cerro Rico Mine tour in Potosi

What are some reputable companies that do this tour and roughly how much do they cost for a half day tour?

Last post at: 2018-05-14 00:46:28 UTC
Thursday, May 10, 2018 - 18:32 | Thorn Tree

I've been travelling through Argentina and Chile and will shortly be heading into Bolivia. However, I've just been hired to teach English online and the company are understandably insistent on a fast wifi connection. What's the wifi situation like in Bolivia these days? All the stuff I've read online is from years ago which said that Bolivia's internet in general is a bit pants. Have things improved at all? Is it possible to buy a wifi dongle and would that make any...

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - 06:34 | Thorn Tree

I have just returned from a stay with an organisation called Renace located in Sapecho (about 10km south of Palos Blancos and about 4 hours journey in a trufi from Coroico).
There is no gain for me in writing this message but I wanted to say that if you have an interest in the back story of chocolate and want an experience of responsible and sustainable tourism that aims to reduce poverty and protect the environment then this would be a wonderful experience. This link will provide you...

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 06:21 | Thorn Tree

Is there any train service between Sucre and Potosi . I have read conflicting reports about this. I could not find any place where tickets can be booked.

Last post at: 2018-04-23 14:58:06 UTC
Sunday, April 15, 2018 - 07:05 | Thorn Tree

I will visit Bolivia and Peru, next week for two and half weeks.
I visited Uyuni one day tour, Isla del Sol, Santa Cruz trek (in North Peru) last time, so this will be my second visit. I plan some of the places such as;

Uyuni 2N3D circle tour
Sajama by myself, just go and walk around then come back
Yungus, maybe in Chulumani and have a easy hiking
Trek from La Pas, if I can find a organized tour to join, Pico Austria, Tuni Condoriri, Sorata – laguna /...

Sunday, April 15, 2018 - 06:27 | Thorn Tree

I will visit Uyuni and then to Sajama by myself.
To move from Uyuni to village Sajama with public bus, which do you think better via La Pas or via Oruro?
To village Sajama, first to Patacamaya then change the bus to village Sajama. LP guide book says that Patacamaya is easily reached on most buses bound to Cochabanba, Alica, Oruro from La Paz. I will take night bus from Uyuni to Lapaz or to Oruro, then change the bus to Patacamaya next morning.
Uyuni- Lapaz –...

Saturday, April 14, 2018 - 20:46 | Thorn Tree

Hoping there are some visa experts here as the information I've found is a bit confusing!

I'm considering flying to Bolivia in June -- no flights booked or solid plans yet, but I have about 6 weeks off from work and would like to spend ~5 weeks traveling. I've read the Bolivia visa requirements for US citizens on the embassy website and done some other research, and it seems that while it's good for 10 years and I can spend 90 days in Bolivia each year, I can only...

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 - 20:54 | Thorn Tree

Welcome to Cochabamba, known as the "garden city" of Bolivia, with the best weather and gastronomy of the country...
We have 3 cell phone companies with GSM service, (WCDMA does not work) if you plan to bring your cell phone you can use if is unlocked with your carrier in your country...
I help people by configuring their phone providing a GSM SIM already registered so you can have peace of mind to use country wide, including 400 MB for a month
I also teach you how...

Thursday, April 5, 2018 - 10:44 | Thorn Tree

I have read about the bike ride tours to the Death Road(Yungas Road). I am interested in seeing the death road; its interesting sections. I am not very keen on bike riding and I am not sure whether one can stop and enjoy as one wishes during these tours. Is there any alternative to these trips (other than hiring a private taxi)? is it possible to get some public transport to some nearby area and hike along the interesting sections of the Death Road?

Last post at: 2018-04-07 13:18:07 UTC
Tuesday, April 3, 2018 - 15:33 | Thorn Tree

I have a friend just got back from a trip in Uyuni between March 12 to March 15. They took the typical 3 days tour and the road return from Laguna Colorada to Uyuni was blocked by the local villagers. The reason being the goverment never fix the road and the villagers were suffing from a poor maintained road. The road that was blocked was on Hwy 701 and Hwy 5 (about 100 km). Does anyone recently return from the trip and is it still hapening?

We are leaving for the trip in mid April...

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