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1. Posted by Timmy travels (Budding Member 2 posts) 29w

Hello, me and a friend are travelling from Rio-Lima in May. We are away for two and a half months. 1. Will this be enough time? 2. we have planned out our destination, which so far has taken us from Rio to iguazu (we think this should take us about three weeks?) We are just stuck on how to get from iguazu (Brazil side) to Bolivia? Preferably we don't want to travel through Paraguay or Argentina and flights aren't an option. We just need a route that will get us to Bolivia. :)

Help would be appreciated,
Cheers.

2. Posted by hasbeen (Respected Member 602 posts) 29w

Here is 'a' route on Google maps, but it is just a route, wether it is a practical way to go, I have no idea. At 4,100 km it is a very long way.

Steve

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4. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2422 posts) 29w

Quoting Timmy travels

... we don't want to travel through Paraguay or Argentina and flights aren't an option. We just need a route that will get us to Bolivia.

Why won't you travel through Paraguay? Why aren't flights an option?

Cheers,
Terry

5. Posted by Timmy travels (Budding Member 2 posts) 29w

I was looking for more an actual itinerary on how to get there ! Also, we don't have the money for flights as they seem to be very expensive ! As for Paraguay; it's just never impressed us and I've read/heard a lot of bad things about it.

6. Posted by hasbeen (Respected Member 602 posts) 29w

Using Google maps again Foz to Campo Grande to Corumba looks like a reasonable route through Brazil to the Bolivian border

Bus Brazil then gives you a search tool.

Foz do Iguaçu to Campo Grande

And

Bus tickets from Campo Grande to Corumbá gets you to the Bolivia border.

You should go to the Argentine side of the falls too. Both sides are spectacular.

Steve

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8. Posted by berner256 (Travel Guru 499 posts) 28w

Cross over from Corumba, Brazil, to Puerto Quijarro, Bolivia, then take the bus or the "Death Train" to Santa Cruz. Then take a bus to La Paz. That is the route that a UK friend of mine took a few weeks ago. I just completed travel from La Paz to Uyuni to the Salar de Uyuni and the Bolivian Altiplanicas. I crossed over to San Pedro de Atacama and visited the area. I am now headed to Patagonia.

9. Posted by Osito80 (Budding Member 27 posts) 26w

another Idea :

I ve traveled from the Iguazu Falls to Lima 2 years ago.

Because the lack of time ( 4 weeks only) I used a flight from Asuncion/ Paraguay to Santa Cruz/ Bolivia (250 USD) and from Arequipa/Peru to Lima/Peru ( 95 USD) .

I ve some friends in Paraguay. I took therefore the route via Paraguay. The route trough the paraguayan Chaco it s exhausting and long. The stamp for the exit of Paraguay it s available in a hotel some km before the border....

I would avoid long bus trips in Bolivia. Not because the dangerous roud rages like some advices in the travel guides. But for hygienc reasons. There was no toilet in the bus. If the bus stopped on a place I got a very good impression of public toilet s in Boliva and all the dirty facilities around. That it s why it s better to plan a short bus trip, where you can avoid this topic.
Furthermore , another important information : you can book bus trips earliest on the same day, all bus operators have the same prices by law.

But be careful: e.g. this does not apply for Lima/Peru. If you ll take a taxi there, it s strongly recomandet to book it at least 2 days in advance.

10. Posted by Mattfozz27 (Budding Member 49 posts) 26w

read this blog, has helped me loads in the thinking and planning of my trip to SA for next year, where i will spend 4/5 months going from Rio to Bogota in Colombia

http://myfunkytravel.com/backpacking-route-south-america.html

obviously you would just stop at lima, but gives you a good guide and places you could go