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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 28, 2016
Travelling to Bolivia long term  (2 Answers)

I would appreciate help from people with experience staying in Bolivia long term.

I plan to travel to Bolivia, as a visitor first, but with the idea of staying long term.

I know that I do not need a visitor visa, so I will travel there as a tourist, and if I decide I want to stat longer, I will apply for an extension of my visa.

How difficult is it to get a visa extension?

Is there a limit to the amount of money one can take in cash there? How much?

How difficult is it to open a bank account there, to transfer my money from home?

How easy/difficult is it to withdraw cash from your bank in your country of origin?

Thank you



Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 05, 2016
Trekking partners for Cordillera Real (Transcordillera)  (3 Answers)

Hi guys,
We are a couple of 2 and will be travelling to Bolivia from the US around end of September 2016. We want to do Transcordillera trek, a very beautiful and unique trek, for 2 weeks (or 13 days). We plan to start the trek on 4 Octorber. However, the company organising for this trek says that to do this, we need total minimum 4 people to go. You can find information about the trek here:

We asked this company to modify the trek to do it from day 4 to day 16 (based on itinerary from above link) as we just want to focus on doing the trek itself. Other days like day 1 to 3 and day 17 focus on sightseeing around La Paz or transporting to airport.

If anyone is interested in this trek and want to join us, please let us know. We are a very friendly couple and love trekking and traveling :)


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 05, 2016
Solo Travel In Boliva/Peru  (5 Answers)

Hey there
I am considering visiting Bolivia and Peru in either November or January. I'm hoping to travel solo, apart from obvious dangers, is it considered safe? I'm female in my 20s. What is the best way to get around also?

Any suggestion or tips would be appreciated! (Also your favourite places to visit!)

Thanks,
Allie


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 09, 2016
reputable tour company in Bolivia  (7 Answers)

Next month of october I'll be travelling to Bolivia. I'm looking for a reputable tour company. Someone knows Viajes a la Carta Srl, Bolivia Autentica or BEAUTY TOURS BOLIVIA? Many thanks


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 17, 2016
Coroico Bolivia  (3 Answers)

Hi, im travelling to Bolivia in April and Im staying some time in La Paz. I want to go to Coroico for 2 days. Should I book a tour or go independent? Is it easy going to Coroico and the waterfalls there? Any advice on which bus company to choose.
Thanks
Guillermina


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 17, 2016
Isla del Sol  (2 Answers)

Hi, im travelling to Bolivia in April and I want to go to Isla del Sol, take to boat to Challapampa walk to Yumani and spend a night there. I heard the walk is preaty steep, do I need to be very fit? Should I book accomodation in advance or look for ir when i get there? Any advice on accomodation for a backpacker?
Thanks
Guillermina


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 17, 2016
La Paz Uyuni  (4 Answers)

Hi, im travelling to Bolivia in April and Ill be staying some time in La Paz and I also want to go to Uyuni. Im interested in 3-4 days tour in Uyuni, but do I have to be too fit or is just normal walking ? Should I book a tour from La Paz or go to Uyuni by regular bus and start my tour in Uyuni?
Ive read some bad reports about tour agencies, any advice?
Thanks
Guillermina


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 17, 2016
Puno - Copacabana and Copacabana - La Paz

Hi, im travelling to PerĂș and Bolivia in April and I want to go from Puno to Copacabana stay a couple of days there and go to La Paz. Should I buy my ticket beforehand or while im in Cusco? Any advice on which bus company to choose.
Thanks
Guillermina


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 15, 2016
What to wear and bring

Hi everyone,

I will be traveling to Bolivia and Chile next month and need some advice on what clothes to take and any equipment.

I will be doing a:
3 day tour of the Salt Flats
a day or two in Atacama
a few days in Santiago
a week in Patagonia

Any advice would be appreciated!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 18, 2015
Bus transportation enquiry between Sucre and Potosi

Is the bus transportation from Sucre to Potosi reliable? any bus company particularly recommended? I read that transportation was not between these 2 places are not reliable as there are some problems people between these 2 places, is it still the same case recently?
Thanks a lot!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 18, 2015
Uyuni tour arrangement

Dear all,
I've three questions on Uyuni tour
1. I will probably arrive Uyuni on 6 Dec evening or nite from Potosi by bus, is it still possible to join a 3

day tour to Salar de Uyuni? My end point will be San Pedro Atacama on day 3, or I have to book advance?
2. Which company for the above kind of tour (3 day tour) is recommended? I only know English but very limited

Spanish.
3. Can I choose hotel for the 3 Day tour, I don't need luxury hotel but I need a warm and clean one, any

recommendation? Do I need to book in advance before I come to Uyuni?
Thanks a lot!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 01, 2015
Vegetarian food in Bolivia and visa requirements!!!  (2 Answers)

Hey Everyone,

I have questions related to two very different topics:

1. We are Indians with a valid Indian passport living in USA. We are planning to fly into La Paz and our transit airport is Lima.
Do we need to take a visa prior to arriving in La Paz or is it visa on arrival for Indians?
Do we need a visa for Lima Peru too? The wait time in Lima for us 4 hrs and we do not intend to leave the airport.

2. We are vegetarians and do not eat egg too. How difficult is it to get food in Bolivia specifically Uyuni?

Thanks,
R


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 03, 2015
recommend salar de uyuni tour companies?  (5 Answers)

I'll be in the region in April, and I'm looking for a recommendation for a good tour outfit for a salt flats trip, probably 3 days or so. Anyone have a good recommendation?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 01, 2015
Air purifier on the go?  (2 Answers)

Happy New Year everyone!

2015 arrived and it means I'm getting near to the 10-week trip across South America. I will heading to Peru first and pick my friend in Bolivia. She has a bit problem with rhinitis and asks me whether she can bring her Clair air purifier along (). I've definitely has no problem with one extra small pack and that purifier seems to run well even in car o.O but is there any other alternatives?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 28, 2014
Traveling from salta to uyuni  (2 Answers)

Hi there, I am planning on traveling salta to uyuni on jan 2, 2015. I having a hard time finding out if there is a straight bus from salta and what I have gathered is that I can only travel to the border of Argentina and cross by taxi or bus. Can someone help me to make this a little easier to understand. Hanks south for you help. A lonely Canadian traveler is very appreciative:) happy holidays!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 01, 2014
Santa Cruz, Bolivia - weather and vaccinations  (2 Answers)

What is the weather like in Santa Cruz, Bolivia in September? Are mosquitoes a real problem there?
Anything one should be aware of from the point of view of health and safety?
Thanks in advance for anyone who can give me a response.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 11, 2014
First time to Bolivia....which is the better airport to fly in to to get to Cochabamba, etc  (5 Answers)

I've spent the past 4 years living in Mexico, and am planning to go to Cochabamba in September to volunteer for 4 months. I'll be flying from Guadalajara, Mexico. I realize I will need to take a bus from either La Paz or Santa Cruz to get to Cocha, so can you recommend which trip might be better? The buses here in Mexico are luxurious...and from what I've read so far, they're not so great in Bolivia. Also, can you recommend which of those 2 cities might be worth spending a week in as a tourist? before heading to Cocha? Thanks!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 20, 2014
trekking in Bolivia in late November - December  (3 Answers)

A friend and I are thinking of visiting Bolivia in late November - December. Is it as rainy, cloudy, humid as several guide books say? Is it a non-recommended time of year for trekking. As well, how is the weather in Sucre, LePaz at that time of year?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 17, 2014
Uyuni to Potosi  (4 Answers)

Dear all
I have been last time in Bolivia in 2011 and have heard that some things have changed. Last time I have needed more then 6 hrs from Uyuni to Potosi, but I have heard that new road has been built and the travel is only like 3-3 1/2 hrs now. Can anyone confirm this?
Thanks and regards
Darko


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 15, 2014
La Paz Airport Visa

I arrive at 0200 can you get a visa at that time or if not when do they open?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 13, 2014
Trekking safety  (2 Answers)

My wife and I are going to Bolivia in July/august this year. We would like to do a 7-8 day trek, ideally at altitude. We have trekked before at altitude in Ladakh. We have looked at trekking sites on the internet and they seem quite expensive. We have also been advised to find trekking companies in La Paz, but want reassurance both about the reliability of the company and also about the safety of the area. The LP guide has lots of warnings about security.
Can anyone please advise?
Thanks,
Frank


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 20, 2014
BUS FROM LA PAZ TO PUNO  (4 Answers)

HI, I am one of 4 seniors wishing to travel by bus from La Paz to Puno. We have heard a few bad reports and are wondering which company would be the best to travel with and is there anyone who has stayed on the same bus and not had to change buses in Copacabana. This seems to be where the problem lies with lost baggage, security etc. We would prefer a comfortable tourist bus. Your help would be most appreciated. Thank you

Cardy


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 27, 2014
Fiesta De la Cruz and Salt Flat Tour in Uyuni  (3 Answers)

Hi,
I wonder if anyone knows anything about Fiesta De la Cruz? Is it worth of checking it out? I've heard that it is biggest in Copacabana. I wonder if it happens in La Paz too. Also does it still happen on May 3 this year?

I also have another question about the Salt Flat Tour in Uyuni. I will be taking the bus from La Paz to Uyuni and the bus is scheduled to arrive in Uyuni at 6a.m. I wonder if there is any chance that I can get the tour that departs to Salt Flat on the same day

Thanks so much,

Doan


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 29, 2014
Safety in Santa Cruz

How safe is it on the streets of Santa Cruz?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 04, 2014
Travel buddies for April 2014?  (4 Answers)

Hi, I'm from Argentina, I'm looking to visit Bolivia in April to get my head off from work a little. As I couldn't match my travel plans with other friends, I was wondering about any forums or websites I could seach for other travellers going to Bolivia as well. Anyone knows any? I registered at TravelBuddy, but due to Argentinean goverment restrictions, I'm not able to make online payment for the registration to contact other users.
Thank you!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 23, 2014
Short trip to Uyuni  (1 Answer)

We will be in Santa Cruz for 2 weeks in June. We are doing a lot of things so we want to make our trip to Uyuni as short as possible.

Thinking of flying to Potosi on aerocon on a Saturday, taking a bus to Uyuni early on Sunday and flying back from Uyuni to Santa Cruz on amaszonas at 3pm on Tuesday. That would give us roughly 2 days in Uyuni but 2 of the days would be half days with only one full day.

Is that impossible? And for lodging and tours, is it something we should book ahead of time or search around when we get there? Otherwise, any suggestions?

thanks


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 28, 2014
death road  (2 Answers)

can u tale a bus from La Paz over the pass and back in one day


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 05, 2014
Nestcottage  (3 Answers)

Do we need thermal underwear in January


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 27, 2013
Suggestions for 3 weeks in May?  (4 Answers)

We're considering a 3 week trip to Bolivia in May. Apart from Salar de Uyuni what should we definitely fit in the trip? We're interested in local culture (both historical and things like visiting minorities) and nature. I'd really like to see capibara's in the wild, I understand this is possible in Bolivia. Has anyone seen them?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 25, 2013
Apply for a visa to Bolivia in Santiego, Chile  (4 Answers)

Hi,

I wonder if anyone here applied for a visa to Bolivia from Santiego, Chile. If so, can you share your experience and can you let me know how long it takes to get a visa?

Thanks so much,

Doan



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