Bolivia Warnings and Dangers

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Bolivia Warnings and Dangers

  • Altitude sickness

    La Paz Warnings and Dangers

    I just returned from La Paz and made the mistake of caring about all the negative posts that are out there. In our flight (American Airlines, from Miami), not a single passenger needed oxygen at arrival. I only saw a person with altitude sickness (out of hundreds that arrived that day). Because of panicking with all the negative posts out there, I...

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  • Fake Taxis or Police

    La Paz Warnings and Dangers

    The safest way to move by car at night is taking a RADIO TAXI. the difference between RADIO TAXIS AND TAXIS are because they `ve got a sign of their business and the phone number on its roof. For instance you can see REMISSE SUR RADIO TAXI, which is a blue sign and the name of the business are white. Please, take note of this warning. There were so...

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  • Dogs

    If you don't like dogs beware. There are dogs everywhere. Everyone wants to own one but not take the responsibility of them. They run around the streets all day and night. Most don't bother you but I did run into a few that weren't so friendly.

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  • Bolivia Jungle Tours

    Hi I am currently volunteering in Rurrenabaque with an excellent eco-conservation agency called Madidi Travel, they operate in Serere, part of the Madidi Mosaic. From my experience the Jungle is not a dangerous place at all provided you have a good experienced guide, careful as some of the cheaper companies dont use very muich discretion when...

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  • Healthy Problems

    Not big healthy risks occur in Bolivia, but, some general issues around the european or american travellers is diarrhoea and if are not used the altitude too. How to face diarrhoea: drink bottled water, avoid washed raw food (salad), and even soup (even if they are delicoius). If you still got the virus, don't ever go out without Immodium Pills (or...

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  • Mines in Potosi'

    Going through the mines of Potosi it 's seriously one of the greatest experience of my life.. But Hey... don't won't tell you all the truth before to go there, they won't even describide what you re going to do! Not to sacre anybody..but just to be aware.. It is not a tourist walk inside the mines.. You really need to grovel inside small and dusty...

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  • Bolivia is generally safe!!

    Nothing really happened to me while I spent a month in this nice country. Just be careful as usual everywhere you go, and the two things I heard (but they didn't happen to me) were that few people were victims of robbery in the taxi, (there are many illegal taxi and you ll be able to recognize the legal ones just watching the car, should be yellow...

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  • Visa requirements for US citizens

    I just visited Bolivia in August and heard rumors of new visa requirements for US citizens. It now seems to be official with enforcement starting on Dec 1st 2007. 100$ for a tourist visa valid for 5 years, 90 days per year.For full details go to the bolivian embassy websitehttp://www.bolivia-usa.org/Then click on "Servicios Consulares" on the left...

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  • Oruro Pick Pockets

    Take care in Oruro. I caught a guy trying to lift my wallet and two friends both had their wallets stolen while there. Keep your money in a money belt or in your front pockets. These incidents took place in the downtown market.

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  • kidnapping: single women.

    HelloThis is for all women traveling alone or together. Do not get into any of the buses or van without making sure people in them are tourist and locals.There is a gang kidnapping women traveling along or together. They pretend they are are legal drives and pick up wome(tourist). person(s) get in, there is a couple (bolivan) women/man pretending...

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  • Advices

    There is a very common way to steal tourists:the thief disguises himself in a Police uniform! He even has ID, his uniform is exactly the same than the police one... He will come to you and he will tell you: I need to check your documents (step 1). I need to see your WALLET (step 2). Where is my money???? SNIFF (step 3).So simply ignore him. Nothing...

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  • Altitude sickness

    If you are flying into Lapaz, there is one thing you need to be warned about. The airport is at over 13,000 feet where the air is thin. This can cause headache, dizzyness, shortness of breath, or in worse cases, nausea and vomiting. You will probabaly notice and least a slight headache and some heavier than normal breathing as you get off the...

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  • La Paz: do you have a VISA to go in/out?

    EMIGRACION: it may have changed since the 80s...I wasn't told I needed a visa to be allowed to go out of Peru into Bolivia, and vice versa: I was put in jail! They showed me a pile of passports on the desk (young people from Europe) and sorry I didn't take any picture.I could save my life because I knew a few words of QUECHUA, the peruvian local...

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  • the Altitude

    the Altitude can be very dangerous.Oxygene, transported by the red bloodcell, is not so ready available for people who lived all they're Life below 1000m..when in La Paz on 3660m or 1200ft..take it easy, give or take a week..blood 'thin's' out..alias, one get more red bloodcell's..more Oxygen can be transported! I hope it makes sense!!

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  • travelling by car

    Be careful, there´s never good street lighting on the streets, and often the freeways passing the mountains are near to deep slopes. So drive carefully!!!

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  • dangerous streets, old cars, bad drivers

    Often you can see that others didn´t drive that carefully..............it is also said that the most dangerous street of the world is in Bolivia too. It is the old street from la Paz down to Coroico. Nevertheless you see in numerous ways that corss the mountains of Bolivia crosses that symbolizes where people died, mostly because of accidents...

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  • Altittude

    Arriving in La Paz by plane can make you feel sick because of the sudden altittude change...headache, dizzness, etc. A good idea is drinking coca leaves tea. They serve even at the hotel and you fell imediatly better.

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  • Road closures and protests

    Due to the pressures put on the Bolivian people (usually as a consequence of the US pressures on their Govt which adversely affect their lives), there are possibilities that your trip with have some delays. This was the result of a 20 day strike by the campisinos (peasant farmers) and it had the effect of crippling the country and closing the...

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  • Fake Undercover Police

    ........And they are EVERYWHERE, and they have many ways to approach you. Often someone befriends you, it could be a fellow traveller (who does a very good job at convincing you that this whole routine is perfectly normal). Once it was a wierdo who sat beside me on a park bench, then the fake police came up to me and asked me if the man was...

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  • Tale of Four Women continued

    It is downhill from the Hotel Rosario going to Plaza San Francisco but steep uphill coming back. Since the altitude is around 12,000 feet, it is better to rest at least the first half day in La Paz. Even better yet, take a tour down the valley to lower elevation (see my general tip). They were shopping in the Plaza San Francisco area (there are...

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  • Tale of Four Women from San Francisco,...

    This is the story of four women from San Francisco, California, as related to me in the Anyi Room (a place to share) of the Hotel Rosario in La Paz. These young women were not novice travelers, so it could have happened to anyone. It was not a good start to their trip but they had a good attitude and were supporting each other. I left early the...

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  • ATTENTION C EST CHAUD

    4H du matin, moins 15 dehors. On se leve pour aller voir les geyzers au leve du soleil. Il fait un froid mortel, tellement froid que l on a mal aux pieds et que l on ne peut plus marcher.c est insupportable, de la glace partout dans la jeep, sur les vitres, les sieges, le volant.impossible de se rechauffer malgre l air chaud pulse au maximum.On...

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  • Look both ways before crossing the road

    As with most countries, one is most at risk to injury by cars or other vehicles...be careful as trucks barrel by at speeds that most would think are insane...

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  • Uyuni : Careful : the mud ! Attention :...

    Around the Laguna Colorada (a perfect reddish one !), there are some unguessable swamps. Itzhik and Stef Reporter tested them for you : they recommend to be careful !!Autour de la laguna colorada (superbement rouge), il y a des marecages indevinables. Itzhik et Stef Reporter les ont testes pour vous : ils recommendent de faire attention !!

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  • Rurre : Mosquitoes !!! Moustiques !!

    In the pampa, they don't make a difference between the local guy and the gringo... They bite !!! We saw frightening backs, legs or arms of travelers, with loads of red bites...So, I will give you three good pieces of advice :- never lie on a hammock in the pampa (they bite through the hammock)- never accept to sleep under a mosquito net with holes...

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  • Fake police!

    We were in Oruro coming back on a train from Uyuni when we took a cab(just like every other time), and the cab driver starts going the wrong way, and then he picks up another passenger who claimed he just got off the train. This was half a block down the road from the train station. Well then he turned left and the passenger(he got in the front...

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  • ley 20 - law 20

    that's simple... 20 bolivianos and I'll let you go. We were stopped by police quite a few times and most of times the result was something to pay:we where asked some imaginary document or stamp or something we couldn't have in order to trade a bribe to go.our documents were registered on a loose sheet of paper in order to make us pay 10 bolivianos...

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  • rompimuellas

    rompimulellas (shock-absorbers breakers) are the grown up version of those little hills police put on roads to make drivers slow down. Rompimuellas can be really high and steep and they can really break your springs... I've also heard someone calling them dead policemen.

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  • wear a hat!

    look at the pic! who has no hat is shielding his head... you can bake your brain in the hot sun and a nice headache is granted at night.choose your model

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  • same old warnings...no flashy...

    same old warnings...keep flashy jewelryto a minimum and keep you camera out of sight and keep your money/passport where any pickpockets cant get them!! ..However, we did not see/hear of any robberies and it all seemed quite safe....Please drink plenty of water (bottled) and take it easy at this altitude.

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  • Bolivia...is safe??

    I was very much mislead when I was told that Bolivia was the safest country in South America to visit...during my one month vacation this year I was robbed at gun point in a down town avenue in Santa Cruz...stay away from the avenue "CANOTO" after dark.I was also attacked by 4 street kids as I walked with my wife in a popular touristic park......

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  • Demand to have your passport stamped!

    In order to avoid fines, one must DEMAND to have their passport stamped upon crossing any Bolivian border.There seems to be some sort of scam at the border crossing from Paraguay into Tarijia, Bolivia. Everyone on our bus knew that we were near the border; however, when we saw the border post, the bus driver wanted to keep going. Most of the people...

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  • Save the Flamingos....

    Eduardo Avaroa Park seems expensive to enter at 30 Bolivianos ($4) and the fee is never included in the tours of the Salar de Uyuni but it a worthwhile cause as it represents the biggest breeding ground for flamingos in the world.

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  • Two blocks down the street of...

    Two blocks down the street of the Central Bus station is a very busty intersection. Here you wil find many con artists. People with governmental identification papers (false ones) will stop you and ask you for identification, such as passports etc. By the time that they are trough intimidating you your money is gone, so be careful. It has happened...

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  • Climate! Bolivia has an...

    Climate! Bolivia has an incredibly diverse climate. Due to the different altitude of different parts of Bolivia, the weather is completely different. It may be hot and sunny while you bathe in a tropical lagoon in Santa Cruz, and snowing while you hike the magnificent Andes in La Paz. Places like La Paz, Potosi and Oruro are cold and dry most of...

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  • Bus travel is extremely...

    Bus travel is extremely dangerous. Bolivian roads are some of the worst in the Americas and multiple fatality accidents are common. Bus drivers are frequetly intoxicated. Many of the dirt roads run along mountain sides and are only wide enough for one vehicle. Break downs are frequent and buses are filled to capacity. Having said that, I made it...

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  • Road Blockades: don't worry, be happy :)

    Blockades are a fact of life in Bolivia. It is often the only way for a poor comunity to get electricity. They basically will gather all the town and stop all the thru traffic in the highway. When traveling in Bolivia add a few days just in case you are stuck in one of this blockade. I got lucky, my crazy driver follow the rest of the buses through...

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  • When traveling specially if...

    When traveling specially if you will be using public transportations such as buses or taxis, make sure to hold on to purses or bags in front of you at all time. If you are able to purchase a sling bag(the kind that go around your neck and can go under your shirt)and carrying any credit cards, cash money and MOST importantly your passport!!! Do not...

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  • The Salar de Uyuni may be a...

    The Salar de Uyuni may be a dangerous area if there are heavy rains, so be careful. Local guides know wheather its safe or not. When there are light rains, this strange ancient seabed miles above sea level turns into a mirror! Bikers trekking across it describe it as almost flying. What makes it eerie are the volcanoes that flank the salt lake...

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  • Bolivia its a safe and...

    Bolivia its a safe and friendly country, just take care in La Paz at night.Bolivia es un pais seguro y amigable, sólo hay que tomar algunas precauciones, en La Paz, por la noche.

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  • I was told prior to going that...

    I was told prior to going that Bolivia is a dirty country (at least in the cities). The three cities I encountered confirmed this. It reminds me of the American commercial from the 70's or so of the Indian crying because of the roadside litter. Do you remember that commercial? In my last city which is a border town with Peru, I walked through a...

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  • Beware bizarre weather...

    Beware bizarre weather conditions - I have been unlucky and the weather has been really bad, lots of snow.Also bewar mosquitos in lower lyng ares, especially the jungle where they bite through your clothes - treating you clothes is recommended if spending several days in the jungle, this will lso avoid bites from bottle flies which lay eggs under...

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  • As with all South American...

    As with all South American countries watch out for the bloodsuckers. Theyre very evident in the north and will leave you scratching for days. Worth always putting repellent around the ankles.

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  • WALKING AROUND ONE OF THE...

    WALKING AROUND ONE OF THE ISLANDS ON LAKE TITICACA CAN MAKE ONE MIGHTY THIRSTY. THIS BEER AND SODA SHACK WAS MUCH APPRECIATED AT THE END OF MY FOUR HOUR HIKE!

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  • IF YOU'VE READ ANYTHING AT...

    IF YOU'VE READ ANYTHING AT ALL ABOUT BOLIVIA, YOU KNOW THAT THE CAPITAL, LA PAZ, IS SITUATED AT A HIGH ELEVATION. SO, WALKING UP HILLS WILL, AT FIRST, CAUSE YOU TO BECOME SHORT OF BREATH QUICKER THAN YOU ARE USED TO. ALSO, THE FLIGHT INTO THE CITY CAN GET INTERESTING TOO, AS ILLUSTRATED BY THIS PHOTO, TAKEN ABOUT 10 MINUTES BEFORE LANDING IN LA...

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