Both Roads Check-Ins

Date Place Comment
July 4th, 2016 Border crossing Chile-Bolivia

Exiting Bolivia- We were asked to pay 15bol/p for an exit fee. He refused to give us a receipt and said the exit stamp in our passports was our receipt...

July 4th, 2016 Chilean Immigration and Customs for Hito Cajón

Entering Chile - Very rude man at the Aduana. Our TIPs had wrong or incomplete info but he refused to charge it, saying it is correct in the computer and occasionally writing some things by hand. Fruit, veggies, eggs, honey etc taken but they were generally easy going, didn't come into it vehicles and trusted us to hand over what we had.

July 4th, 2016 Bolivian Customs for Vehicles

Exiting Bolivia - At first we were told that we had to exit that day. They said they didn't care when we left but we could have problems on the Chilean side. Eventually we convinced them to post date the stamps and enter the information on the computer in a couple days. We didn't receive a copy of our cancelled TIP. We ended up leaving a day before our cancelled TIP. No issues at Bolivian immigration or on the Chilean side.

July 2nd, 2016 Duchas paraiso

Best showers we had in Bolivia.

July 2nd, 2016 National Reserve Entrance

There was someone there when we drove through, although I think it was a couple km north of here.

July 1st, 2016 Valle De Rocas 2

Beautiful place! We caught a good day and it wasn't windy at all. The huge rock formations blocked the little wind we had.

June 29th, 2016 DG Gas

Bought gas here on a few different days. Paid 5bol/L when we filled up our jerry cans.

June 28th, 2016 Police Check Point

A cop was there when we drove in. He asked to see all our paper work and stamped the back of our temporary import permit. He then said we had to pay 5bol/car. When we asked for a receipt he said the stamp was our receipt. We argued for a bit but eventually paid. A cop was also there two days later when we left the Salar.

June 27th, 2016 Vicuña Hostel

Fit in with our Mitsubishi van but a friend with a VW van with roof rack wasn't able to fit through the gate. Was allowed to sleep in our van in courtyard, 2 ppl including breakfast for 100bob. May be possible to negotiate a better price. Internet was OK, comparable to most of what we encountered in Bolivia. Very hot showers although the pressure left something to be desired.

June 27th, 2016 Migracion

If you need to extend your visa in Bolivia. The website and a paper we were given at the border with information had the wrong address. This is the correct one. Go up two floors and it's the office closest to the street. Bring a photocopy of your entry stamp, green sheet and the main/picture page of your passport. Enter through the garage.

June 26th, 2016 Parque Cretácico

Went at 11 but I don't think it was necessary to go so early for the tour. Did the bilingual tour down to the tracks and thought it was very interesting. The money clearly goes into the park, it was new, modern and well maintained with work being done to preserve the tracks. The video room is easy to miss (Spanish only) when you first walk in. Tracks are at an angle of 70°, definitely unique. It can be seen well from the road but I thought the price of admission was worth it.

June 26th, 2016 no name red store

drove by on a Sunday afternoon and it was closed.

June 25th, 2016 Florin

Had a nice meal here. Beer ~20bob, llama burger - 47bob, glass of wine -15bob to give you an idea of prices.

June 23rd, 2016 Casa de Huéspedes Villa Eva

Ended up here due to a road blockade. There was a huge party going on in the town and all the cheaper rooms were booked. We waited over 3 hours until after 10pm for the family who runs the place to return. Told they only have a room for 150bol, shared bathroom. We asked if we could pay something and sleep in our car but weren't allowed even though Bolivians slept in a tent in the parking lot. It was late so we had no choice. There is WiFi but it didn't work in our room. The lock on our door was finicky and during the middle of the night a drunk woman came into our room bc she locked herself out of hers. She wouldn't leave so I got the lady who runs the place. She did nothing, wouldn't come in our room only asked the woman to leave, which she wouldn't do. I had to physically remove her. Asked for a receipt in the morning and was told no. Nice place but very rude staff. One of our worst experiences to date.

June 22nd, 2016 Ñaupa House Hostel

This place is in wrong location - it is located at -17.39059, -66.15673

June 22nd, 2016 Ñaupa House Hostel

120bol/night for double room Ruth shared bathroom. Had a small room with no window, the beds were very uncomfortable and found it to be very noisy from the restaurant/bar at the end of the courtyard. Wouldn't recommend the rooms at all and only staying in your vehicle if you are OK with it being noisy. The bar does have huge, good pitchers of select cocktails for only 30bol though.

June 20th, 2016 N.P Torotoro

Really enjoyed this national park. Did two tours - the cave and Ciudad de It as & canyon/el vergel. The cave tour is physical - expect to get dirty and maybe even wet but it was exciting and interesting. Ciudad de Itas was beautiful. We formed a group of 6 (the maximum) at the tour office and paid 100pp with transportation. The El Vergel tour was a nice hike and costs 100 bol. per group, with a max of 6 people. We joined up at the tour office in the morning with 3 other people so only paid 20bol each. We thought both tours were well worth the money.

June 18th, 2016 Las Lilas

One of our favourite places on our whole trip. Very friendly, helpful owner, kindest person we meet in Bolivia. Fair price, included simple, standard Bolivian breakfast. Huge common area. Place where you could easily spend a week. There is a group there that rented out the whole place and will be there until August 4th. Left our car there and took a bus to Toro Toro. I didn't have my phone to mark it but there is an amazing, cheap BBQ restaurant at Av. Ecologica, walk up the road to the west of the hostel.

June 17th, 2016 Hotel Oberland

As others mentioned. WiFi worked fine in the upper parking lot. Good and fair priced BBQ during the day near the reception.

June 16th, 2016 SEGUROS ILLIMANI S.A.: Insurances for neighbour countries of Bolivia

Same price for cars - $80 for 2 months. Very quick and professional.

June 7th, 2016 Supermercado

Reasonable prepared sandwiches, good selection, bathroom upstairs with household goods.

June 6th, 2016 Ferry Terminal across Lake Titicaca

Asked two barges, both told us 40bol for our van. Crossed with our car and a huge bus, so I don't think bigger rigs have anything to worry about.

June 6th, 2016 Maya Hostel

140 for double including a simple breakfast (bread, jam, tea, juice, fruit salad) shared bath. 14/day parking when we slept in hostel, 20/day parking when we left the car there to go on trips out of town. Thought the parking was very secure. Rooms outdated but not too bad. Ok place.

June 6th, 2016 Police Checkpoint

Nothing here when we passed at 9am on a Monday morning.

June 5th, 2016 Works in the Ruta 2

They are widening the highway to 4 lanes for a good portion of the way from Copacabana to La Paz, would guess that it will take many months, even a year. Not too many diversions when we drove it, just areas where we had to show down. Made the drive 45min-1 hour longer than we expected.

June 4th, 2016 Overnight parking and private tour to Uros: Yordy and Dina

Only asked for 10 Sol/person but we gave 30 for two people. Nice guy, very flexible depending on what you want to see/do. Speaks slowly and is easy to understand. He brings to to his house where his wife does sell crafts, he didn't pressure though. He brought us to lunch at the restaurant which was only on. Great experience though, really enjoyed the islands.

June 3rd, 2016 Parking lot at the spa, Aguas Caliente

Parked inside the gate. Paid 5sol entrance fee only. We were there after sunset and was directed to an indoor bath. Didn't think the place was very clean. Garbage on floor, shower didn't work by our bath, taps in washroom sinks didn't work. But decent place to spend the night, very quiet, felt safe.

June 2nd, 2016 Rainbow Mountain trekking start

Beautiful drive from Pitumarca, dirt road in excellent condition. However they just started construction, so expect delays or closures between 7-12 and 13-17. They are digging drainage ditches and you might have to cross some pulse raising log bridges. (See pictures). Around the 31km mark you will cross Puente Carrozable and at the following switchback there is a cutoff that leads to the trailhead. If you aren't up for wild camping there is a town a couple km more. Stars are amazing here. Places to buy drinks and snacks along the hike. 10sol entrance fee/person. Great hike and views.

June 1st, 2016 Consorcio Automotriz Valle Sagrado

Worst experience with a mechanic in our lives. We came in for an oil change and to have some welding shop done. We asked the lady at the counter how much an oil change would be, we told her how many litres we needed and she told us a price. Regarding the welding we would have to talk to the mechanic directly and we had no issues with him. When we got our bill for the oil change it was double what she told us. She said she only told us the price of the oil, not changing it or the filter. We didn't ask for the price of just the oil, but to get it changed. The owner came out, tried at us. Said she made a mistake, but people make mistakes and we should pay. He was extremely rude telling us we just don't want to pay at all. We ended up paying the whole inflated price, costing more than an oil change would in Canada. I would avoid this place at all costs.

May 30th, 2016 Salinas De Moras - Main Parking

Arrived just after 5 when everyone was leaving. Quiet night, didn't talk to the night watchman. There was a couple who slept inside the green building. New bathrooms, very clean and were left open all night. Tour buses started arriving at 7:15am but it still wasn't too busy when we left at 8:30.


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