Domingo, Diciembre 15, 2019 - 20:52 | Thorn Tree

HI all. I'm trying to figure out the most efficient way to get from La Paz to Tupiza. My original thought was to fly to Tarija and spend a couple of days there. Is it possible to hire a taxi to drive from Tarija to Tupiza? I know there is a bus, obviously, but we will be traveling on the afternoon of the 24th or morning of the 25th and I assume the bus won't even be running. We are flying into La Paz from sea level the day before which is why I don't really want to fly to Uyuni...

Domingo, Diciembre 15, 2019 - 19:44 | Thorn Tree

Hi. I am planning a trip to Uyuni Salt Flats before the rainy season starts full on (mid January) and it becomes completely flooded. Now that it is dry, my plan is to get a group together to travel there and camp in the middle of the flats. I have my own vehicle with a rooftop tent as well as a mountain hardwear professional dome tent that can sleep up to ten people in the harshest of environments. The more the better, so if you are at least two or better, more, hit me up and we can discuss...

Viernes, Diciembre 13, 2019 - 10:49 | Thorn Tree

Hello, are necessary malaria tablets in the area close to santacruz, like national Park of Amboro and Samaipata!? Is there any risk?

Last post at: 2019-12-13 20:59:46 UTC
Jueves, Diciembre 12, 2019 - 17:17 | Thorn Tree

Hi guys,

I want to go to South America for 3/4 weeks next June and want to fly into Lima and back out as funds are tight and that's the cheapest option.

The places I ideally want to go to are Huachachina, Cusco, Lake Titicaca, Machu Picchu, Uyuni, La Paz and then just see stuff in between that.

Just wondering whether its possible to start at Lima travel to all those places and go back to Lima without flying, was thinking going down near the coast first and then...

Jueves, Diciembre 12, 2019 - 07:56 | Thorn Tree

Great news, US and Israeli citizens will not be needing a special VISA anymore to visit Bolivia []
For more info we recommend to contact the nearest by Bolivian embassy or consulate.

Last post at: 2019-12-16 00:17:40 UTC
Martes, Diciembre 10, 2019 - 15:43 | Thorn Tree

Hello all!
I am a U.S. citizen, currently living in Sao Paulo, Brazil (I'm here with a student visa until next year).
I plan on visiting Bolivia for the first time in mid-January.
I've looked up the requirements for a Bolivian tourist visa, but my main question is about the $160USD payment.
Since I plan on going to the Bolivian consulate here in Sao Paulo to obtain the visa, will I be able to pay with a visa debit card? The website for this location provides no...

Martes, Diciembre 3, 2019 - 09:30 | Thorn Tree

Hi, I entered Bolivia on 30 November, but was not issued a tourist card. Does anyone know if this has been scrapped?

Last post at: 2019-12-04 19:14:11 UTC
Lunes, Diciembre 2, 2019 - 15:42 | Thorn Tree


pls is there anyone who could comment on flight to / from Rurrenabaque? I know that there are some flights that connect Rurrenabaque and La Paz but what about Trinidad and Santa Cruz?

Any information out there?
Does someone happen to have a phone number for tourist office in Rurrenabaque? Or for its airport?

Thank you

Last post at: 2019-12-03 01:44:40 UTC
Viernes, Noviembre 29, 2019 - 19:59 | Thorn Tree

Since the elections 21 oct. There were many blockades. Now it is perfect to travel through the whole country. The next election is not until April 2020. Free moving. Come!! Samaipata just 2.5 hours from Santa Cruz is amazing! Dont listen too much to international news.

Last post at: 2019-11-29 23:59:01 UTC
Martes, Noviembre 19, 2019 - 15:48 | Thorn Tree

Good evening!
I am planning to visit Bolivia next January. So please any reliable local tour operators in Uyuni or Tupiza, that offer group tours to join in??
Thanks tons!

Last post at: 2019-11-19 19:48:46 UTC
Lunes, Noviembre 11, 2019 - 17:06 | Thorn Tree

Dear Fellow-Adventurers,

After many years I will be coming back to Bolivia - my second home - for three weeks.

I would like to know how much I can withdraw at ATMs in Bolivia nowadays (regardless of the currency BS/US).

How much could you withdraw while being there with you VISA / Mastercard?

Someone can comment?

Thank you so much!

Last post at: 2019-11-15 23:56:31 UTC
Lunes, Noviembre 11, 2019 - 14:19 | Thorn Tree

Is anyone aware if one of the two Bolivia-Peru border crossings close to Titicaca lake is open today/tomorrow?
I've heard mixed news (one saying that it is open for tourists only).
What is the situation now in La Paz, following the Evo Morales resignation?

Last post at: 2019-11-11 18:19:55 UTC
Viernes, Noviembre 8, 2019 - 18:51 | Thorn Tree

October 2-19, 2019. Solo female backpacker in my 50s, mid-range budget.

Part 1
I just returned from a 2.5-week trip to Bolivia. I saw and did everything I planned, and the trip exceeded my expectations. Fortunately, I left the country the day before the presidential elections because there have been road blockades and protests ever since.

Bolivia was quite inexpensive for transportation, food, and lodging. I paid an average of $35/night for very nice hotels in the center...

Jueves, Noviembre 7, 2019 - 19:37 | Thorn Tree

Am considering a short (3-4 day) visit to La Paz and Tiwanaku. Will be coming after having spent at least a week in the highlands of Colombia so will be reasonably acclimated to the altitude.

Timeframe is near the end of January. From what I read about the weather in and near La Paz the constant cool weather is fine but it seems this is the rainiest time of the year. Am I correct that the rain tends to be light but continues for days? In other words miserable weather? We're...

Jueves, Noviembre 7, 2019 - 19:06 | Thorn Tree

Hi all,

Just wanted to share my backpacking notes from Bolivia trip from Titikaka late to La Paz, Coroico, and Rurrenebaque.
Even if this trip was done already a few years ago, it can serve as indication of conditions of the roads, guides, accommodation for someone that wants to visit these places.

Viernes, Octubre 25, 2019 - 13:33 | Thorn Tree

Hello! I am wondering if anyone who is currently in Bolivia or has a good source (relatives, friends) in the country, could possibly comment on the current security/safety situation/ first-hand experience in La Paz and other parts of Bolivia following the Elections?

Also, can anyone please recommend a good web-site (both in English or Spanish will work) to get updates that provide good deal of information and timely updates?

Thank you very much! for any and all!

Viernes, Octubre 25, 2019 - 10:25 | Thorn Tree

Hi! I am currently organizing a trip with a few other students from my university who study geology. We plan to be a group of about 10 people and to drive ourselves around the country for two weeks. Our plan so far is to arrive and depart by air from La Paz, and to rent 2 4x4 over there for the duration of our trip.
I am currently in the process of making an itinerary for the trip which will take place in March and I was wondering if anyone had suggestions about the destination I have...

Jueves, Octubre 24, 2019 - 15:06 | Thorn Tree

Has anyone done this hike?

If so, could you tell me your experience and how to you got to Uni from La Paz and how you returned from Palca.

From what I understand, it's a mostly downhill hike. That would be great!

The bit I'm confused on is how long it takes. I've read anything between 2 to 5 hours.

Also confusing is whether the hike goes through the Palca Canyon as well as Valle de las Animas - or are they one and the same?

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Martes, Octubre 22, 2019 - 19:26 | Thorn Tree

We can still use some volunteers for a eco project, not so far from the city of Cochabamba. Together with the village of Chocaya, some local organizations and volunteers we will restore about 40 hectares of ground. We work with Agroforestry, local trees, water systems and earth restoration. We look for people who can commit themself for at least 2 weeks. This will be mostly in November, December and possibly Januari. We can provide simple housing, but food has to be payed by the volunteers....

Sábado, Octubre 19, 2019 - 00:47 | Thorn Tree

Having enjoyed the full 90 days and great hiking weather in Peru ill cross into Bolivia on the 20th November. I'm a self sufficient hiker with tent, stove, well acclimitazed after spending a lot of the last 4 months at altitude doing hikes etc. I realise that I'll be entering Bolivia potentially at the start of the rainy season: I'd ideally like to squeeze in a few hikes early in my trip (no time limit) and am happy to hop around Bolivia in a haphazard way to make this work....

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