Getting Around La Paz

  • View from El Alto
    View from El Alto
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  • Early morning at the bus station in Puno, Peru
    Early morning at the bus station in...
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  • The border town, Desaguadero
    The border town, Desaguadero
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    Bus from Peru

    by SirRichard Written Jun 10, 2005

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    Although the most common way to arrive here is by plane, I did it overland from Peru by bus.
    I left Puno, and went to Desaguadero border. There passed customs and joined a local minibus full of fat women with those peculiar hats heading to La Paz. Nevertheless I made a stop at Tiahuanaco ruins in the morning, visited the site and then continued in another minibus to La Paz, where I arrived at noon.

    My bus (the little one=
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    Puno – La Paz

    by ValbyDK Updated Aug 9, 2012

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    I arrived in La Paz by bus (operated by ‘Tour Peru’) from Puno in Peru... The bus was a comfortable 52-seat bus, and it was a quite nice 6-7 hour long journey through the Andean highland... First stop was at the small border town, Yunguy, where passports were stamped with an exit stamp from Peru. From Yunguy to another border town, Desaguadero, and here we crossed over to Bolivia. Filled out immigration forms, waited in line at the custom desk, and at the passport authorities. It took about one hour getting all the papers validated and our passports stamped... Stopped by a police check point, but it was done very quickly and it was just a short stop. The last part of the trip was the best... First the flat highland, and later beautiful mountains (especially the high Illimani (6,400 meters) with its snowy peaks was impressive). El Alto, which is the neighbouring city of La Paz, and the beautiful drive down to La Paz. The view of the city is really amazing... The journey ended at the bus terminal, close to the centre of La Paz...

    Early morning at the bus station in Puno, Peru The border town, Desaguadero Landscape View from El Alto

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    Subir y bajar / Up and down

    by elpariente Written Mar 8, 2007

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    Tomamos un taxi para conocer La Paz que nos paseo dearriba hacia abajo y después de abajo hacia arriba de nuevo esnseñándonos lo más posible de la Paz
    Visitamos el mercado de Buenos Aires , de allí bajamos hasta el Valle de la Luna y luego visitamos la parte Sur , la catedral , la calle Jaén...(20 $ from 9 t0 15h)
    We got a taxi to visit the town who took us from up to down and then from down to up again showin us as much as hecould of La Paz
    We visited Buenos Aires market , then we went to the Moon Valley , the South area , the cathedral , Jaén street ... ( 20$ from 9 to 15H)

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    Bus to Copacabana

    by SirRichard Written Jun 11, 2005

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    I left La Paz towards Copacabana, on the shore of the Titicaca lake, in the first bus in the morning. I just took a taxi to a square next to the Cemetery and asked for the next bus to Copa. There is usually someone shouting the next bus destination around the bus, so keep looking around and chose the fullest bus.
    The bus took about 4 hours and costa 15 Bs (about 4 USD).

    6am
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    When traveling in the...

    by pjallittle Written Aug 24, 2002

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    When traveling in the western part of the country it is advisable to pack warm clothes. When visiting the valleys light jackets or wool sweaters are appropriate, especially at night when the temperature drops quite abruptly. The use of sunscreens, glasses and hats is advisable because of the sun radiation. For the tropics light clothes are a must.

    Throughout Bolivia informal clothes are customary, though some restaurants or clubs may restrict entrance when wearing shorts or a nude torso.

    Several international airlines like Lloyd Aereo Boliviano (LAB), American Airlines (AA), Varig, Lufthansa, Aerolineas Argentinas, LAN Chile, Aero Per?, and Transportes Aereos del Mercosur (TAM) have regular flights to La Paz and Santa Cruz , the two main ports of entry to the country. Local flights to the main cities (Cochabamba, Sucre, Potos?, Tarija, Trinidad, Cobija) and other minor towns are available on a daily basis.

    When traveling by road, Bermejo, Villaz?n and Yacuiba are the main land ports of entry from Argentina; Tambo Quemado and Chara?a from Chile; Desaguadero and Copacabana from Peru; Puerto Quijarro, Guayaramerin and Cobija from Brazil; and Fortin Villazon from Paraguay.

    The main railroad lines used to enter Bolivia are La Quiaca-Villazon-Oruro, Antofagasta-Oruro, Arica-La Paz, Pocitos-Yacuiba-Santa Cruz, and Corumb?-Puerto Quijarro-Santa Cruz.

    There are several navigable river and ports through which the country may be accessed in the borders with Peru, Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina. It is also possible to travel to Bolivia from Peru through Lake Titicaca.

    Generally speaking, the importation of goods is not restricted, except for some agricultural or cattle products and some materials that can be used for the fabrication of illegal drugs

    All commercial imports are subject to a customs tax.

    If traveling in your own vehicle a temporary import license is necessary. This license can be obtained at the border.
    WHAT DOCUMENTS TO CARRY ALONG


    Foreigners traveling to Bolivia must carry a valid passport and sometimes they are required to get a visa or entrance permit

    Citizens from Saudi Arabia, Argelia, Bangladesh, China, North Korea, South Korea, Cuba, India, Iraq, Iran, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Malaysia, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Singapore, Thailand, Tunisia, Vietnam and North and South Yemen must have a visa issued by a Bolivian Consulate or Embassy and authorized

    Several international airlines like Lloyd Aereo Boliviano (LAB), American Airlines (AA), Varig, Lufthansa, Aerolineas Argentinas, LAN Chile, Aero Per?, and Transportes Aereos del Mercosur (TAM) have regular flights to La Paz and Santa Cruz , the two main ports of entry to the country. Local flights to the main cities (Cochabamba, Sucre, Potos?, Tarija, Trinidad, Cobija) and other minor towns are available on a daily basis.

    When traveling by road, Bermejo, Villaz?n and Yacuiba are the main land ports of entry from Argentina; Tambo Quemado and Chara?a from Chile; Desaguadero and Copacabana from Peru; Puerto Quijarro, Guayaramerin and Cobija from Brazil; and Fortin Villazon from Paraguay.

    The main railroad lines used to enter Bolivia are La Quiaca-Villazon-Oruro, Antofagasta-Oruro, Arica-La Paz, Pocitos-Yacuiba-Santa Cruz, and Corumb?-Puerto Quijarro-Santa Cruz.

    There are several navigable river and ports through which the country may be accessed in the borders with Peru, Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina. It is also possible to travel to Bolivia from Peru through Lake Titicaca.

    Generally speaking, the importation of goods is not restricted, except for some agricultural or cattle products and some materials that can be used for the fabrication of illegal drugs.

    All commercial imports are subject to a customs tax.

    If traveling in your own vehicle a temporary import license is necessary. This license can be obtained at the border.

    WHAT DOCUMENTS TO CARRY ALONG


    Foreigners traveling to Bolivia must carry a valid passport and sometimes they are required to get a visa or entrance permit.

    Citizens from Saudi Arabia, Argelia, Bangladesh, China, North Korea, South Korea, Cuba, India, Iraq, Iran, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Malaysia, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Singapore, Thailand, Tunisia, Vietnam and North and South Yemen must have a visa issued by a Bolivian Consulate or Embassy and authorized

    Citizens of countries that used to be part of the former Soviet Union and Yugoslavia also require a visa.

    Citizens from Germany, Argentina, Austria, Colombia, Chile, Denmark, Ecuador, Spain, Finland, France, Great Britain, Ireland, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Norway, Paraguay, The Vatican, Sweden, Switzerland and Uruguay do not need a visa when visiting the country for 90 days or less.

    Citizens of other countries do not need a visa when traveling 30 days or less in the country.

    There are different types of visas, depending on the trip's nature. The time of permanence can also be extended; a thirty-day entry permit may be extended up to 3 times for the same length.

    Once in the country it is advisable the visitor always carries his/her passport as an identification document that may be requested regularly.


    Taxi fares here are very inexpensive. True of the bus service as well. That's how you can save a lot of money if you can find a taxi driver who speaks English. Make an offer and it will benefit you in the long run. Always be aware of the PCI of the country you are visiting. That's the per capita income.

    It is all just common sense.

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    Taxi

    by boltonian Written Aug 14, 2007

    There are 2 kinds of taxi. Radio cars have the TAXI logo on the roof. Gypo taxi have a cardboard sign in the cab. DO NOT USE THESE.

    Radio taxis will give you a price at the start of the journey as there are no meters.

    $10 from Airport to downtown is the max you should pay.

    A trip downtown to downtown is about $1-$2 so do not overpay.

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  • The best La Paz Taxi Tour

    by redcab Updated Apr 4, 2011

    A very good option for touring in La Paz city, excellent option in price and services, very economic and bilingual personnel, a must for the ones in this city.

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