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La Paz to Rurrenebaque by bus

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1. Posted by El Boot (Full Member 106 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!


The forum seems very quiet at the mo but ill ask ne way. Is this bus route still very dangerous? Im looking into making the journey at the end of Nov/start of Dec. Any advise would be of great help.


2. Posted by Reece Sanford (Travel Guru 1368 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Well i went by plane but ive got a feeling the bus goes via Death Road which is what i cycled and then came back by minibus.
Depends what you mean by dangerous.If you mean is there a chance the bus could go over the edge then yes.The minibus journey back was fun but also fairly wild at times and that was in daylight.

3. Posted by El Boot (Full Member 106 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

thanks for the reply...does anyone have a definite answer on this? IN the LP guide to bolivia it says that theres 2 buses daily and doesnt mention it being unsafe...and on another forum i read that occasionally it takes it as a shortcut...

how much did the flights cost you reece?

4. Posted by gunther (Budding Member 12 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Unless you have serious budget restraints, fly there via the TAM (cheaper millitary planes) or Amazonas airlines. The problem with the bus is not only dangerous roads, but wash outs that can cost you long hours of travel. The bus ride is 30 hours of hell, where you eat dust on a chicken wagon piece of crap bus. Your butt will be soar as hell too. Bottom line if you have 100$ to spend on a return flight, well worth it, if you want to save some cash and have time to kill try your luck on the bus. When you get to Rurenebaque, book your jungle or pampas tour right that night. There is nothing to do in Rure. Make sure your jungle tour actually goes into Madidi national park and not on the outskirts. 4days / 3 night in the Jungle is enough and 3 days 2 night in the pampas is plenty good.If you have to chose between the two trips, go into the pampas. You will see way more wildlife as they congregate near the river in the pampas.

5. Posted by ashy (Budding Member 34 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

When are you planning on going to Rurre? Is it soon? I think no matter which form of transportation you take you could have some problems. It is the beginning of the rainy season there, which makes both the bus ride and flights quite diffucult. I heard the roads are almost impossible to take during the rainy season. I was in La Paz two weeks ago and booked a flight to Rurre. But, I never made it. The flight got cancelled every day (after the 5th day I gave up). The flight was cancelled due to the rain. There is no runway in Rurre, the planes land on a grassy field, so if it rains to much the planes wont go due to poor landing conditions.

6. Posted by Born2Trvl (Budding Member 10 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

I did the bus trip to Rurre (more due to a fear of flying than anything else) and back, it was probably the toughest and scariest trip I´ve ever taken, however, it is also one of the most memorable trips that I´ve done and on looking back on it I´m kind of glad I did it. It doesn´t go down the actual ´death road´but on another stretch of road that I reckon is equally as dangerous, there were some dodgy moments when the bus encountered other buses or trucks. We also saw a car that had just fallen off the side. I definately wouldn´t do it in the wet season.