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1. Posted by thomps05 (Budding Member 5 posts) 11y

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hi,

i am planning to get a bus from la paz in bolivia to arica in chile in september. I was wondering if there are any days that the buses don't go on? Also if there are any problems with this journey at this time of year?

many thanks
Stu

2. Posted by janszham (Full Member 35 posts) 11y

This is a really nice bustrip as you will be driving through 2 national parks. Sajama: The one in Bolivia and Lauca in Chile. Consider staying in Putre and do a tour of PN Lauca. You see a lot of wildlife and a great landscape.

Buses from La Paz should go every day and are about 100 B's. Buses back are more expensive.

There could be problems all year round but most of the time busses go anyway. If there are problems they are mainly in El Alto - La Paz. You can just stay in the center of La Paz a couple of days till it's over. Read local newspapers or ask the locals what is going on. Don't be discouraged it's a nice bustrip.

P.S. Visit the coca museum in La Paz - very interesting.

Happy travels

3. Posted by thomps05 (Budding Member 5 posts) 11y

cheers,

it's gonna be a weekend when i need to go, would that cause any additional problems?

basically i will be in la paz on sept 10th and need to be in arica by the morning of the 13th to catch a flight.

thanks again

4. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 11y

Quoting janszham

This is a really nice bustrip as you will be driving through 2 national parks. Sajama: The one in Bolivia and Lauca in Chile.

Damn, I slept through the whole thing...

5. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Quoting janszham

Lauca in Chile. Consider staying in Putre and do a tour of PN Lauca. You see a lot of wildlife and a great landscape.

PN Lauca was awesome! It's 4500/meters above sea level, there are snow covered mountains and volcanos and a beatiful lake! We also saw lots of vicunas. I would definitely not drive right past it without stopping up there.

6. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Quoting GregW

Damn, I slept through the whole thing...

Damn Greg, you've had some pretty bad luck up at high altitudes! Between missing Machu Picchu, almost getting killed in Bolivia, and then sleeping through some of the most awesome scenery. Oh, and I almost forgot, almost dying on Mt. Kilimanjaro.

Do you see a pattern here? Have you ever seriously considered staying at or around sea level during your journeys.

7. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 11y

From now on, my friend, nothing 100m above sea level. In fact, I have to move from Toronto. I'm feeling light headed up here on the 11th floor...

Greg

8. Posted by janszham (Full Member 35 posts) 11y

Greg:
Go to Holland. 60% of the country is below sea level. Highest mountain: 380m (if I'm correct) maybe you can climb this.