Mamore River Ferries
The Mamore River is a major tributary of the Amazon River. It starts in central Bolivia and runs north to Brazil. Puerto Las Puentes is a crossing with many ferries. The ferries are pushed by the small boat tied alongside. The ferries are large enough to hold 3-4 cars.Related to:
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bus around bolivia
parfait pour economiser une nuit a l'hotel... mais tres desagreable pour dormir.... mais c'est la vie de backpackers..... oubliez pas sur de longues distances dans le pays les routes ne sont pas pavés et le voyage s'avere dur pour le sommeil....sur la photo on veanis juste de partir ...imaginer nous la face en sortant de la apres 7 heures ..... :(
il y a plein de monde coucher dans les alles parce qu'il n'a plus de siege ..donc attention au bébé..... et les mamas du pays sont tres chialarde en bus.... donc amenez vous des bouches oreilles....Related to:
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Typical Bolivian Bus
The bus from Uyuni to Potosi (25 Bs.) takes 6 hours with only one 30 minute break for lunch and to use the "bathroom;" actually you had to find a bush (hard to do on the Altiplano) or a building if you wanted a little privacy. There may have been a banos but I didn't find it. The sopa in the restaurant was pretty good (2 Bs.).Related to:
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Probably the best way to arrive in Bolivia is the plane, although you can go by car, bus or even ship (from neighbour countries, of course!). Bolivia has two international airports: El Alto, close to La Paz, and Viru-Viru in Santa Cruz de la Sierra. Lloyd Aereo Boliviano is the national airline.
Probablemente la mejor forma de llegar a Bolivia sea por avión, aunque pueden ir en auto, bus o incluso barco (desde países vecinos ¡por supuesto!). Bolivia cuenta con dos aeropuertos internacionales: El Alto cerca de La Paz, y Viru-Viru en Santa Cruz de la Sierra. El Lloyd Aéreo Boliviano es la aerolínea nacional.
trains unfortunately has been almost abandoned in bolivia; there's still something around uyuni but it's just a "once upon a time" trip.
They speaks a lot about development but they seems to forget that train is still the most effective and compatible medium distance carrier....Related to:
Pantanal and the Gran Chaco
from Corumba in Brazil, long Traintrip first through the Pantanal,then the Gran Chaco, arriving in Bolivia and the sec. biggest City, Santa Cruz de la Sierra. A hustling and bustling City then..Friends picked my up at the Station and told me about the Rat who actually should have been a Guinea Pic.
we flew from La Paz back to Brazil
for more info on the Gran Chaco, pop into my Paraguay PagelRelated to:
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Airport El Alto
La Paz (El Alto) is the world’s highest airport. It is located 14 km southwest of La Paz city center.
It is kind of scary and fascinating at the same time to see the Andes when taking off - what a sight! Due to the altitude, the thin air and the high mountains all around, the planes can not take too much fuel with them, so about 45 minutes later, we landed in Santa Cruz again to refuel!
HIGHWAY in Bolivia... and the rest of our trip
We took a plane from Lima, Peru to La Paz. We flew across the snow-capped Andes and the blue Lake Titicaca. The view was breathtaking. La Paz is 3200 m in altitude. We took a taxi from the airport down to the city.
In the city La Paz, we could walk around to many places. We then took a bus to Puno, Peru. It was the worst bus trip ever. The 'highway' of Bolivia was actually dirt road and in some section was covered with cobble stone (see picture!). Took us a whole day for the trip.
In order to conduct epidemiological surveillance in my intervention community, it was necessary for me to learn how to ride a motorcycle. I loved the motorbike, but I had a difficult time dealing with the dogs....who always seemed to attack!
The Bolvian border crossing is unforgettable
There is no better way to enter Bolivia than by bus from Peru. You drive around Lake Titicaca en route and at least stop in Copacabana for an hour even if just on the way to La Paz. You have to get off the bus at the border and go through customs of both Peru and Bolivial It's a fun place to meet up with other backpackers traveling around the two countries. It's about five dollars from Puno in Peru to Copacabana in Bolivia.
Travelling inside the cities
Take a bus (Micro = the bigger ones = like old US-Schoolbusses) or Trufi ( these little Toyota (most of them) transporters) to almost every place inside cities of Bolivia. The prices you can find in the front window, but it´s always difficult to know which one is the right one. Normally it´s written as well in the front window, but who knows always the name of the districts or streets that are near to where you wanna go......so, it´s difficult to help here, you have to ask before or ask the second boy or man who´s always with the driver, they try to help normally (if ther´s time).
You pay inside or when you are leaving the Micro/Trufi. You can stop these ones as well as taxis at every place, better at corners. To leave the bus just say e.g. at the corner ("escina") or "baja" (, that means "to alight").
A taxi costs you between 3 and 10 bolivianos, depends how far you wanna go, ask for the price before getting into the car.
The easiest way to get to...
The easiest way to get to Bolivia is by plane. There are direct 2 to 4 flights from the USA (Miami) to Santa Cruz every day. You can fly into Santa Cruz from almost all South America countries, Mexico and Panama. There are also direct flights to La Paz from Peru and Chile. There are no direct flights from Europe or Asia to Bolivia.
Advise: LAB Bolivian Airlines has special deals that allow you to stay in Santa Cruz if it is your connecting city in an international flight; furthermore, some fares to Bolivia in LAB give you a free ticket for any destination within Bolivia.
You can also fly into Santa Cruz with American Airlines.
You can only get to Bolivia by Land from Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Peru (and Paraguay depending on how is the road). The trains are very precarious and the roads are not all paved.
Within Bolivia you can travel by bus within the following cities: Santa Cruz, Samaipata, La Paz, Sucre, Potosí, Oruro, Cochabamba, Yacuiba, Trinidad and Copacabana. In train to: Puerto Suarez (Pantanal). Otherwise you are better of taking a plane. If you are going to be visiting rural areas of Santa Cruz or Beni you should rent a 4x4 (there are plenty of car rentals in Santa Cruz). In Lake Titikaka you can take a boat to the islands.
Here's another fun and...
Here's another fun and interesting way to get around Bolivia : flying the military airline. TAM (Transportes Aero Militares) is highly unreliable and sometimes the planes don't even show up. But sometimes they may be your only choice. If you have time (and a little money) to spare, consider hoping on one of their flights. I flew from the interior to La Paz on TAM to land in a military hangar. I stepped off the plane into a couple units of soldiers preparing for some drill or (ssshhh!) maybe some DEA sponsored operation. Let's just say I got to see a lot of interesting stuff- The kind of stuff you won't see flying American Airlines.
I flew to Bolivia from Brazil...
I flew to Bolivia from Brazil (after the Carnaval). There was some youth agency that gave discounts to students. It was way cheaper than the other agencies. I know of people that payed ~650$ for a flight I payed ~240$. Big difference - so it's worth asking around. There are also many ways arriving through roads from all directions. The transportation in convinient (but always much longer than the flight...). So it depends how much time you have and what you want to see.
I used mainly busses and the train. From time to time it's worth taking an excursion and saving the worry of 'how to get there' and 'how do we return'. I recommand it in Uyuni, and from La Paz (the small day trips). To the moon valley in La Paz and other closer places we shared a cab with a few other tourists. Don't forget to bargain!
hahaha..by plane, to the...
hahaha..by plane, to the highest international airport in the world EL Alto. the airport is a lot higher than the city at an amazing 4082 metres
Taxis in the city..however the city is best seen by walking, some streets are extremly steep, some cobbled like Jaen st (you could almost be in Spain)
If you are not on an organised tour there are express coaches to most destinations.The photo is our minibus crossing Lake Titticaca by raft !!
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