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Bolivia, 24.08.2005 - 29.09.2005

Bolivia, a country with its political problems. Seems like there is not a single year without major strikes and a president that has to resign. Hope it will change with the vote for a new president in December 2005. It is a shame that such a beautiful country does not get more tourists due to those political problems.

Getting in / Einreise

We got into Bolivia from Peru at the border between Yunguyo and Copacabana. People were very friendly and everything was easy and fast. No problems at all and nobody asked for any money. The only problem is that we got only 30 days for us. This can be extended in any bigger city in Bolivia for 25 US$. The car got 120 days without any problems.


Traveling and driving in the country / Reisen und Fahren im Land

Get a good map or/and a GPS. Good Maps are hard to find. Bring one from home!

We had no insurance for the car. Better not to drive at night. Careful on the paved roads, the people are not used to cars driving fast. Always have the phone number of your embassy on you. In case of an accident with injuries you might end up in jail.


Leaving / Ausreise

We left Bolivia at Villazon in the South to Argentina. We were 5 days over the allowed 30 days (car got 90 days). However, they did not bother about it and we got the exit stamp in the passport. According to the guidebook a fine of 10 Bolivianos per days has to be paid. We tried to get an exit stamp for the car too but nobody at the Bolivian side wanted to do anything with the paper. We still got it with no exit stamp for the car.


Overnight / Übernachten

We are traveling with a camper. Therefore we don`t really need a campground. However, we highly recommend to stay on official campgrounds in Bolivia if available. Just because it is much safer than anything else. Especially if you leave the camper alone during the day. We were able to stand at Motels and Hotels as well. Another option is asking the police or at firestations, normally they let you camp at their place as well. In remote areas ask if you can camp on the soccer field.


Information

Tourist Informations all over the place.


Shopping

Shops and markets all over the place


Internet Access

All over the place


Comment / Bemerkungen

The roads in Bolivia are not as bad as thought. The road from La Paz to Potosi is entirely paved. The all weather roads are in a good shape, except washboards. There is hardly any river crossing, bridges are in place.
 
The road tolls are not too bad. Always ask for a sheet with the prices! A bit a pain are the police controls. However, they are always friendly as long you are friendly too!


Links

Bolivia: www.bolivia-tourism.com
Links and much more: www.boliviaweb.com
Bolivian Magazine: www.boliviangeographic.com
Maps: www.omnimap.com


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  La Paz, founded by the Spanish Conquistador in 1548 on the Altiplano. Only after 30 years freezing their asses off decided the people to move the town into the valley of the Rio Choqueyapu. The bottom of the valley is about 400 m below the rim of ...   » weiter

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  Sucre got founded in 1538 by Spaniard Pedro de Anzures. It changes its name 4 times until it got it present name in 1825 in honour of the first president of the new republic.

The town was the only capital of Bolivia until a civil war in 1899. ...   » weiter

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  The Cal Orcko Dinosaur Tracks are just about 3km out of Sucre. They got discovered in 1994 and are well preserved and impressive too.

You can take the Dino-Truck that leaves 3 times a day in front of the cathedral. The tour to the prints is ...   » weiter

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  The area around Sucre is famous for its weavers products. If you do not have the time to visit all the different village try out the Sunday Market in Tarabuco. The Indigenous from the area sell their stuff and you can find some nice products. ...   » weiter

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  Potosi is with 4000m the highest city in the world. It also used to be the world best source of high quality silver. Within 18 months of the Spanish learning about the silver, the city has grown to 14000 people. About 25 years later about 120000 ...   » weiter

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  The Salar the Uyuni is the highest and largest Saltlake in the world. With 3650m and 12000 sq km is it twice as big as the Great Salt Lake in the the USA. Driving across the Salar is a weird and fascinating experience.

We can not believe all ...   » weiter

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  The Reserva Fauna Andina Eduardo Avaroa is a beautiful place to be. The Lagunas, the volcanos and the wildlife are very special. However, it is a harsh place to be too. The weather can get rough and cold, there are many little roads and finding the ...   » weiter