Domingo, Febrero 23, 2020 - 21:11 | Thorn Tree

Dear all,
has anyone information about options to have a transport from Uyuni to Tupiza ?

Last post at: 2020-02-24 01:22:18 UTC
Domingo, Febrero 23, 2020 - 15:24 | Thorn Tree

Dear travelers,
is somebody in San Pedro de Atacama, came from Bolivia and has Bolivianos to change to Chilenean Pesos ?
As because i will start to go to Bolivia on thursday and nee Bolivianos.

Last post at: 2020-02-23 19:24:20 UTC
Jueves, Febrero 20, 2020 - 08:56 | Thorn Tree

We will be in Bolivia in the middle of March. I was thinking of getting a tour organised from La Paz via Sajama to Uyuni with dropoff in San Pedro de Atacama.

I have seen some agencies organising them - usually it takes 5 or 6 days total.
The question is, does it make sense to book a tour in the rainy season? It looks like some or the areas will be cut off (Salar de Coipasa). Maybe it makes more sense to skip it and stay one -two days more on the Chilean side and get...

Miércoles, Febrero 19, 2020 - 16:24 | Thorn Tree

Hi everyone,

I am planning a trip to Bolivia in a few months but I am not sure about the general political situation. I know that there have been some riots recently and people got killed. lately I hear the situation has been more stable but the uneasy feeling still remains. On the other hand the danger in such circumstances is often exaggerated...

So, does anybody have a first hand recent experience travelling to Bolivia? Is tourism affected by the events and is it safe to...

Jueves, Febrero 13, 2020 - 09:05 | Thorn Tree

Hi all,
could someone give recommendations about tour operators in SP or in Uyuni or share experiances

Last post at: 2020-02-14 22:08:02 UTC
Jueves, Enero 30, 2020 - 12:33 | Thorn Tree

Is there a bus company that runs a reliable and pleasant direct daytime service from La Paz to Cuzco please?

We would like to specifically avoid night buses and services with long layovers.

We tried to look for info but it is very patchy and contradictory.

Would greatly appreciate your help. :-)

Last post at: 2020-01-31 09:14:13 UTC
Viernes, Enero 24, 2020 - 21:24 | Thorn Tree

Hi - does anyone know whether things are safe and good to go in the Chapare region? I've had a couple of people tell me they think the area is dangerous and a no-go zone these days because of the strong presence of Morales supporters. I'll be in Bolivia in April and would like to visit the area as I understand it's interesting and very beautiful.

Thanks - Andrew

Last post at: 2020-01-25 08:36:32 UTC
Jueves, Enero 23, 2020 - 14:57 | Thorn Tree

Hi - I’ve heard and read mixed reports on the condition of the areas around the Mission route because of all the recent fires. Has anyone been lately? I understand the churches and buildings themselves are OK, but I’m wondering about the state of the towns, lodging, restaurants, roads, etc.
and the overall infrastructure in general.

Thanks - Andrew

Last post at: 2020-01-25 01:21:53 UTC
Miércoles, Enero 22, 2020 - 22:52 | Thorn Tree


We're thinking of taking a jeep tour of Salar de Uyuni (coming from Chile). We're continuing to Argentina after so -
we have two options:
1. Go back to San Pedro de Atacama with the tour, and bus from SPdA to Jujuy.
2. Take the train from Uyuni to Villazon and bus from the border to Jujuy.

We're very much interested in the train, but finding very little info online on it's reliability, safety, etc.
Did anyone here have any experience...

Domingo, Enero 19, 2020 - 14:39 | Thorn Tree

This august I'll travel to Bolivia and I will stay there for one year in a volunteering project. I am trying to refresh my spanish skills, but while I don't struggle a lot to understand the spanish from Spain, it's really hard for me to understand South American spanish. I would like to practice with podcasts or youtube videos. Do you know any youtubers or podcasts from Bolivia that are easy to understand? Thank you!

Last post at: 2020-01-19 18:39:36 UTC
Martes, Enero 14, 2020 - 16:10 | Thorn Tree

Hi all! I have looked around the forums quite a bit and cannot find any info on direct busses from Sucre to Tupiza. I see lots of chatter on connections through Uyuni, Oruro, or Potosi. However I DO see a direct bus listed on the Tupiza Tours website ( It leaves Sucre 20:00 and arrives around 6:00. Does anyone have any experience with this...

Martes, Enero 14, 2020 - 13:55 | Thorn Tree

Hi - do you think it's feasible to walk the Yungas Road - the "Death Road", rather than drive or cycle it? It's a little over 60km from La Paz to Coroico so it's two long days or three easy days walking. I imagine there's nothing keeping a person from just setting out on a walk (right?) but what I'm not sure about is lodging and food along the way.

It looks as though the start of the road is paved (highway #3) then turns into gravel for the rest of the...

Martes, Enero 14, 2020 - 04:01 | Thorn Tree

Hello everyone!

A couple of us are going to climb Nevado Sajama independently in the beginning of June this year. I would like to know do we need 2 ice axes, a rope and a harness or 1 ice axe and crampoons are going to be sufficient? How steep is the climb (how many degrees).

Last post at: 2020-01-17 22:56:43 UTC
Viernes, Enero 3, 2020 - 18:40 | Thorn Tree


we are planning our backpacking vacation in Bolivia for April 2020. Do you already know a date for the new election? We are not sure about the political situation in april and if it will be possible to use the busses. What's about the situation now?
Best regards,

Last post at: 2020-01-04 01:08:14 UTC
Domingo, Diciembre 29, 2019 - 15:24 | Thorn Tree


I will be traveling to Brazil via Columbia and I was planning on a safari in the Pantanal hoping to spot the 3 critters in the subject line. I am on a tight budget however so this single safari is going to eat up a nice size chunk of my nut.

I have been researching for the most affordable options and it looks as if Noel Kempff Mercado National Park may an alternative to the Campo Grande or Porto Jofre route. In that vein I was wondering if anyone had any...

Miércoles, Diciembre 25, 2019 - 23:35 | Thorn Tree

I read there were some demonstrations a month ago due to the presedential elections whereby protests are ongoing preventing buses going into and leaving la paz.

is this still the case?

seperately, what time does the night bus leave and get into salar? heard there was a night bus for tourist (is this accurate)?


Last post at: 2019-12-26 18:29:51 UTC
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...

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