Planning to move from Peru on to Bolivia soon, and I´m a little apprehensive about travelling alone there. Have heard a lot of "horror stories" in recent weeks - I usually just try to ignore these. I heard a few about Peru, but thankfully didnt run into any problems here!
CAn anyone give me any info about travelling from La Paz to Potosi and from there on to Uyuni? Ive heard there is a lot of overnight travel and that you can be deposited at 4 in the morning in dark bus stations. The guide book I have doesnt really go into a lot of detail, and amazingly I havent been able to find much info on the net.
By the way, if anyone is travelling in Bolivia in the next week or two and would a travel partner, let me know!
Sorry I can't offer you any advice, but have the same concerns myself, I will be travelling the same route in May.
Would appriciate any feedback you get from people or advice you have after travelling.
Travel in Bolivia can be a challenge. The people are famous (infamous) for setting up blockades that can run for weeks and really impact internal travel. But in general, foreigners are not targetted specifically, and usually at most it's just an inconvience.
Since the election of Morales, things seem to have simmered down with the road blocks. That being said, the airline has been on strike, which has supposedly ended now, but they still aren't flying yet. Other than that, things have been quiet.
There has been some natural disasters of late - land slides and floods. The roads in Bolivia aren't great, and can get washed out. The best to talk to on road conditions are travellers you meet coming the other way. They should have the most recent information.
I m in potosi right now, you can take the latest bus from la paz at 7 pm and you are going to be at 5 o 6 in the morning in potosi, but also you can travel by day, you can take a bus to Oruro is only 3h,in the moring, and from oruro there is a bus to potosi at 12:00 and 2:00 pm, so you are going to be 5 o 7 pm in potosi. From potosi to uyuni, also you can travel by day or take the bus at 6 pm and you are going to arrive at 2 am, but there is a hotel in front of the station and always there are many travellers like you good luck, Danielo.
That´s exactly the info I was looking for! Thanks!
He's right, the people are not typically looking for trouble from foriegners. They are generally fascinated by anyone with pale skin (and blonde hair, more than anything), and they will often try to price gouge you if they think you don't know any better, but there really isn't much to worry about, despite all the political hype. I lived in Bolivia for three years, and would sometimes recieve calls and letters from worried friends in the states, saying: Are you OK? We heard about the uprising, or the political unrest, etc., and I'd be like, you did? I didn't hear about it, and I live here!