We spent a total of nine nights in Bolivia. We were told border crossing from Argentina into Bolivia would take a long time. After getting out of the yellow truck, we stood in line for about an hour. When we got closer to the counter, we had to fill out a form with our name, passport numbers, etc. Only Americans have to pay for a visa at the border to enter the country. So my mom, dad, brother and I in total had to pay USD $540 just to enter the country!
The people from our group were from England and Australia so they went through the process really quickly. Meanwhile, we had to wait for at least 45 minutes more while they took forever to fill out some other forms, put a visa in our passports and get two or three other people to make sure our dollars were real. By that time, I was ready to get into the truck.
But we couldn’t go just yet because they had to register the truck or something like that. So we met up with our group, walked around the little bordering city and used the bathrooms. We had an interesting experience at the bathrooms. The lady working there, as we were walking away said in Spanish that it was better without tourists. I was shocked. We previously went to Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil and Paraguay and had not heard anything like that before. Great first impression of the country…
Anyways, the views while driving through Bolivia from the border to Tupiza for a night, Uyuni for two nights, Potosi for two nights and finally the capital city, La Paz for three nights were amazing. You can see more pictures and read about our road trips here: http://ontaskva.com/views-driving-through-bolivia
We were only in Tupiza for one night, the night of our border crossing experience. We arrived late in the evening, went out for dinner (pizza seemed to be the only option!) then to bed.
The next day, we drove through Potosi, one of the highest cities in the world then to Uyuni. We could have gone straight from Tupiza to Uyuni except apparently the road conditions are really bad. So we had a glimpse of Potosi where we would be spending a few days in two nights later.
In Uyuni, the highlight was Salar de Uyuni, the world’s largest salt flat. Read more about our tour here: http://ontaskva.com/salar-de-uyuni
Next, we took the same road back to Potosi. The main attraction in Potosi is to visit the mine. The mine called Cerro Rico used to be the largest silver mine in the world. My mom and I were the only ones interested in the tour out of the other 13 in our group. Last minute, though, I backed out and my mom went for the tour. You can read about her experience on her blog.
This is Cerro Rico.
Potosi is also where we had a fun dining experience. You can read about it here: http://ontaskva.com/one-of-the-highest-cities-in-the-worl
After spending two nights in one of the highest cities in the world, we headed for the highest capital city in the world, La Paz!
Roads are tight and kind of chaotic so we had to park the truck outside of the city and take a van into the city to our hotel. The driver was nice to stop and let us take a picture of the city.
You can read about our stay in La Paz here: http://ontaskva.com/la-paz-bolivia-instagram-photos
Overall, the nine days were enjoyable. I think the best way to travel to and through Bolivia is overland like we did by taking a Tucan Travel overland tour. Read why I think it’s best to travel overland to Bolivia here: http://ontaskva.com/overland-to-bolivia
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