Bolivian Political Situation; Cause for Concern?

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1. Posted by john7buck (Respected Member 458 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hi there,

I've been reading a little bit about the political situation in Boliva at the moment. I am planning on heading down to Peru and Bolivia in May and am wondering if what is going on is any cause for concern for travelers. Any help or information would be appreciated.


2. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Bolivia's situation never seems to improve. It's fine for a traveller - the biggest problem usually being blockades stopping you from getting to where you want to go. A certain level of laissez-faire atitude is required travelling there. Be prepared to change your plans.

Generally, though, no reason to stay away that I am aware of.


3. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Just did some further reading on the present situation in Bolivia.

If things continue as they are, I think the biggest concern you would have is not being able to travel anywhere in the country. Blockades at current seem very, very common - and I understand that the international airports are being blockaded. It would make it very hard to travel around in Bolivia during this time.

As a traveller, you would have no issues with being specifically targetted. The protesters have no beef with you. However, there is always a danger in being caught in the middle of something. Good advice is to stay away from any protests.

Hard to predict what the situation is going to be in May. Your best bet might be to book travel into Peru, and then make a decision if you want to head into Bolivia at that time. There is lots to see in Peru, and if Bolivia becomes off limits, you can always travel to another location in South America, probably North to Ecuador instead.