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1. Posted by Marty 6 (Full Member 45 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!


I arrive in Santiago on the 18th June and fly from Rio on the 17th August. I was wondering if anyone had any idea how much it would cost to send stuff back home to Europe (UK). Just stuff like clothes and shoes.

Any advice would be appreciated because the only information i can get is in Spanish.

(Also does anyone know of any good language schools in Peru or Bolivia? What is the minimum time you can do a course for? I was looking for about 3 days)


2. Posted by idz (Full Member 27 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!


it is cheapest to send from the less "touristy" places, like Paraguay and Uruguay. Also, try and avoid the capitals in Bolivia and Peru. I discovered that the fares are different within a country. The less tourists, the cheaper the bill...

The language schools are everywhere and accept students the same day. Check around when you arrive, decide if you want individual or group lessons. The minimum amount of days are different for the different companies, but from two hours till six months in the bigger places?


Ida ;)

3. Posted by mim (Travel Guru 1276 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Its not too cheap in Brazil a smallish box cost me roughly 30 GBP thats what 130 reais I've heard its cheaper in other places,


4. Posted by findemundo (Full Member 127 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

My experience of sending things home is that Bolivia is roughly one third the price than Argentina and Chile. Ironically, Bolivia offers "sea mail" while Arg. and Chile do not. If you send from Bolivia, my advice is to send from "aduyana" which is the customs office that also ships packages. Specifically, I sent two packages, 4.1-5 kg cost 159 Bolivianos ($USD20) and 7.1-8 kg cost 251BS ($USD31)

There are two other options in Bolivia, Correo Bolivia and EMS, both much more expensive because they ship by air mail. I sent a box from Potosí via sea mail and it arrived in the U.S. three weeks later. May be different for Europe, but my experience with the aduyana system has been very good. -- Josh

5. Posted by janszham (Full Member 35 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I am leaving Cochabamba - Bolivia in 2 weeks after being here for 2 years. Am sending stuff home (UK) with seamail (aduyana). The biggest package you can send is 30kg no matter what size. Costs about 900 B's (£62.-). You can send everything you want: bikes, suitcases, etc. but you have to wrap it in paper after they check what you are sending. It might take up to 3 months but it is definitely cheaper than fedex, dhl, ups, etc.
Think about giving the clothes to an orphanage or something like that. Could save you money if you don't send it home.