Situation in Bolivia

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1. Posted by csfreixo (Full Member 83 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Does anyone know about the political situation in Bolivia? Is it safe? Are the roads free to be crossed by bus??

2. Posted by KoalaGirl (Travel Guru 307 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I have spent the last week in Boliva travelling overland from Brazil via the Pantanal to Santa Cruz, and Boliva seems very safe... if anything my experience has indicated it´s currently safer than areas of Brazil...

Having said that there are ongoing strikes happening in Santa Cruz based on their want to become independant from Bolivia. There is a massive independance day rally (I think) on the 24th September - so probably not a good day to try and travel. The elections are coming up in December and I think it would be safe to guess that the number of strikes and rallys etc will increase towards the end of the year.

I got stuck in Corumba for 4 days because the Bolivian border was closed and the trains were all on strike... there was another roumoured 72 hour strike today, but it hasn´t occurred. Most of the other travellers I´ve met in Bolivia so far have said that La Paz is a little more dangerous, but all in all, the only real thing I believe you will have to contend with is a timetable that will constantly be delayed.

My advice would be to definately go to Bolivia - it´s an amazing country, and really not to worry about the Political situation being a danger to your personal self. BUT go with a flexible itinerarey and a whole lot of patience, because there will definatley be delays and unexpected events (even more than usual in a third world country).


3. Posted by stephy (Full Member 51 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

heyheyhey..good to hear, i am in tilcara , argentina, and i am off to bolivia tomorrow...
i d have gone anywaye, but it is good news....
i am only afraid of the god damn cold......altiplano is far worse than the quebrada here :(
cu u over there then---maybe

4. Posted by csfreixo (Full Member 83 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Thanx Girls!!
Take care! And do not miss the Salt Desert!!

5. Posted by snatterand (Travel Guru 454 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

...I'm just wondering whether it's possible to get into Bolivia across the Peru border now? The last I heard was that some people had to go down to Chile to be able to cross, because the Peru border was closed... Does anybody know what the situation looks like now?