Visit the Uyuni Salt Flat with unforgettable tours

The Uyuni Salt Flats in Bolivia is a natural wonder that should not be missed. The flats cover an area of over 10,000 square kilometers and are the largest salt flats in the world. These vast, otherworldly expanses of salt and water offer a unique and breathtaking landscape that is unlike anything else on Earth.

Uyuni Salt Flats, Bolivia

One of the best ways to explore the Uyuni Salt Flats is through a guided tour. These tours typically start in the small town of Uyuni, which is the jumping-off point for most excursions. From there, you will be taken on a 4×4 vehicle to the salt flats, where you will have the opportunity to see the various salt pans, lagoons, and islands that make up this incredible natural wonder.

One of the highlights of a tour of the Uyuni Salt Flats is visiting the Incahuasi island, also known as Fish Island. This island is located in the middle of the salt flats and is home to a variety of cacti and other desert plants, as well as a colony of giant cacti that are over 10 meters tall. The island also offers panoramic views of the salt flats, making it a great spot for photography.

Incahuasi island

Another must-see destination on a tour of the Uyuni Salt Flats is the Train Cemetery, located just outside of Uyuni. This eerie and unique site features a collection of abandoned trains that were used during the mining days of the salt flats. It’s an interesting spot to explore and take photos, and a great way to learn about the history of the region.

When planning a trip to the Salar de Uyuni, it is important to keep in mind that the best time to visit is during the dry season, which runs from May to November. During this time, the salt flat is dry and the weather is mild, making it the perfect time to explore this natural wonder. However, many tourists also seek to travel during the rainy season when the salt flat is filled with a layer of water that reflects everything creating a gigantic mirror.

Uyuni Salt Flats, Bolivia

Another thing to take into account is the number of days you have available to visit this incredible destination. In Uyuni, you can find tours of 1, 2, and 3 days starting at a cost of 30$us per person. The 1-day tour includes the most recommended places such as the Train Cemetery and Incahuasi Island so if you only have time for this tour do not miss this opportunity. With the 3-day tour, you get to visit different lagoons and have the opportunity to take a bath in hot springs at 35°C.

Overall, an excursion to the Salar de Uyuni is an unforgettable experience not to be missed. With its vast salt flats, beautiful lagoons and unique islands, this natural wonder offers an otherworldly landscape that is truly breathtaking. You can make your tour reservations with TicketsBolivia on our website.

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Travel to Uyuni directly from Desaguadero

Uyuni is the most visited tourist destination in Bolivia thanks to its majestic salt flat which is the largest in the world. Photographers from all over the world come to this place to capture its supernatural landscape. With more than 10,000 square kilometers of extension, the salt flat has a thickness of 10 meters in the center. Most of the year the salt flat is a dry salt plain but in the rainy season, it is covered by a thin layer of water that reflects the sky creating a giant mirror.

Many tourists seek to reach this destination directly from their countries without having to go through another city in Bolivia. Normally these direct trips are available from Chile, specifically from Calama, Iquique, or San Pedro de Atacama due to their proximity. From Peru, direct trips are being enabled and for now, a trip is available from Desagudero in a tourist bus. Here are the options available from this point.

Uyuni Salt Flats

Trip Desaguadero – Uyuni

The Desaguadero is the border crossing between Bolivia and Peru being the main entrance from Puno and Cusco on the Peruvian side. From this point it takes about 610 km. to reach Uyuni making a trip of about 9 hours. This new travel option is available from December 2022 with an exclusive service for online purchases.

The bus trip from Desaguadero to Uyuni is available with the transportation company Salt Pic in a tourist-type bus. It is a direct trip without stops and the bus has ports for charging electronic devices and WiFi; in addition, a snack is offered during the trip and if it gets cold during the trip there are blankets available.

The transportation company SaltPic makes the trip to Uyuni from Desaguadero on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays departing at 13:00hrs. from its own office one block from San Pedro Square. The cost per passenger is 40.15$us or 275Bs. Below you can see the exact departure point:

You can make the purchase of tickets through a ticket purchase portal, this travel option is available only on the TicketsBolivia portal. You can enter their website and make the purchase at the following link: www.ticketsbolivia.com. If you want to make an inquiry about this trip or any other you can contact us by WhatsApp to the number: +591 69874730.

Economic exit tickets from Peru and Bolivia

In some cases, in order to travel and enter Latin American countries, a proof of exit from the country is required, depending on the entry requirements and mainly the country of origin. In this post, we will show you the best options available to prove exit from the country at the best prices.

When you plan a trip you usually have everything planned with arrival and departure dates, as well as departure and return tickets. But in some cases you want to make your trip without having to think about when to leave the country or you want to buy the return ticket once you are inside the country you are visiting. This can cause problems since, according to your country of birth, an exit ticket is a mandatory requirement in many countries.

The exit ticket works as a kind of guarantee that you are going to leave the country and you are only visiting for tourism. In some cases they may not even let you travel or enter the country without this proof; this is because the transportation companies have to take their own precautions and know that the passengers have everything in order. If they do not allow you to enter, they are the ones who have to take you back to the place where you left. Another frequent doubt is if such ticket has to be necessarily to your country of origin, but no, it can be to a neighboring country of the one you are traveling to or to any other.

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Departure tickets from Peru

The requirement of an exit ticket depends very much on the country of origin and country of birth. To enter Peru, countries that require a tourist visa must also have a ticket out of the country, for example, nationals from Cuba, Venezuela, El Salvador, Nicaragua and some European countries need this proof of travel.

You can buy bus tickets, which are usually the most economical, to show your departure from Peru thanks to online ticket sales portals on routes such as Puno – Copacabana or Puno – La Paz quickly and reliably.

The following are the most economical options for departing from Peru:

RouteBus companyDepartureBus typePrice USD
Puno – La PazTranszela07:00am.Cama14.50 $us.
Puno – La PazTrans Titicaca07:00am.Semicama19.27 $us.
Puno – La PazPanamericano06:00am.Cama22.48 $us.
Puno – CopacabanaTrans Titicaca07:00am.Semicama11.68 $us.
Puno – CopacabanaTranszela07:00am.Cama15 $us
Lago Titicaca

Departure tickets from Bolivia

In Bolivia, most countries do not require a visa to enter the country for tourist visits. The countries that do not require a visa or a ticket to leave the country are the following:

Countries that do not require an exit ticket from Bolivia

Countries not listed above require a visa and a ticket out of the country. Below we share with you the most economical travel options for departures from Bolivia:

RouteBus companyDepartureBus typePrice USD
Copacabana – PunoTrans Titicaca06:00pm.Semicama10.22 $us.
Copacabana – PunoTrans Titicaca01:30pm.Semicama11.62 $us.
Copacabana – PunoTranszela06:00pm.Cama15 $us.
Uyuni – CalamaCruz del Norte06:00am.Semicama24.09 $us.

We hope this information has been useful to you. You can buy tickets from Peru to Bolivia in the TicketsBolivia.com portal, any questions or information you require you can contact us by WhatsApp to our number: +591 69874730 or by our social networks.

Travel by bus from Peru to Bolivia; no question left unanswered

Traveling from Peru to Bolivia by land is an unforgettable experience. Both countries are marked by the Andes mountain range and by the culture of the Inca Empire, a marvelous civilization that continues to amaze due to its mysteries. Lake Titicaca is also a natural and cultural attraction that is shared by both countries, the highest navigable lake in the world, at an altitude of over 3,800 meters above sea level. This was a sacred place for the Incas and also the other indigenous cultures that lived nearby, and legend says that it was on the Island of the Sun, on the Bolivian side, that the Inca Empire was founded. In Bolivia, you can visit Copacabana, a picturesque town on the shore of the lake, from where you can take a boat to the Island of the Sun and island of the Moon. Puno, on the other side, offers a more direct trip to the floating Islands of the Urus.

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Island of the Sun, Lake Titicaca, Bolivia

Another attraction not to miss in Bolivia is the Uyuni Salt Flat, the largest salt desert in the world, a landscape out of this world that has been used in movies such as Star Wars; the last Jedi. Uyuni is a must for a complete and diverse trip through South America.

In order to travel from Peru to Bolivia by bus and enjoy this experience, you only have to plan ahead a bit and organize your itinerary, leaving plenty of room for improvisation, of course. You can reach Bolivia from the main cities of Peru, such as Lima, Arequipa, Puno and Cuzco. You can arrive in La Paz directly, and from there you can travel easily to all the important tourist destinations in Bolivia, such as Copacabana, Uyuni, Sucre, Potosi, Cochabamba and Santa Cruz.

Read on to find out all the details!

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Arequipa, Peru

Arequipa to Puno and from there to La Paz by bus

Arequipa is one of the most important cities in Peru, and many people travel from there to La Paz and back every year for tourism and business. In order to travel by bus from Arequipa to La Paz you need to divide the trip in two segments: first from Arequipa to Puno and from there to La Paz. Puno lies tat 292 km from Arequipa, and the trip takes around 6 hours. One of the most visited cities in Peru, Puno is in the tourist circuit of Lake Titicaca, making it an important tourist destination. The buses leave from Arequipa every day, from the Bus Terminal located on Arturo Ibañez St. Before boarding the bus, each passenger must pay a small fee called “Tami”, charged by the terminal. The buses arrive in Puno at the bus terminal located on Primero de Mayo St., # 703. From that same Terminal, you can take the bus to La Paz and continue your trip. The buses from Puno to La Paz leave every day between 07:00 am and 13:30. This trip also takes around 6 hours, depending on the route and bus company you choose. You can choose the direct route, which takes you through the border at Desaguadero, or the more touristic route through Copacabana, which is a slightly longer trip. In either case, the buses arrive in La Paz at the Bus Terminal located on Peru and Uruguay Av. In order to start planning your trip right away, you can click on the following link:  Arequipa to La Paz

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Sunset at the port of Copacabana

Cuzco to Copacabana, or Cuzco to La Paz by bus

Going from Cuzco to La Paz by bus takes around 12 hours, covering a distance of 640 km. The journey crosses the highlands of Peru up to Puno on the shores of lake Titicaca, to continue on to La Paz. You have two options to continue from Puno to La Paz, one passing by Kasani/Copacabana and the other, faster, through Desaguadero. The route basically depends on the bus company you choose for this trip. the buses from Cuzco to La Paz leave every day between 22:00 and 22:30 from the bus terminal located on Vía Evitamiento. They arrive in La Pas at the bus terminal, which is located on Perú Av.

On the other hand, you could take a direct bus to Copacabana first. There are several bus companies offering this service at different schedules and prices. The buses depart from Cuzco´s bus terminal and make a stop in Puno for passengers to get off or on. The trip from Cuzco to Puno takes 6 hours, and from Puno to Copacabana another 4 hours. All passengers get off in the town of Yunguyo, the border between Bolivia and Peru, in order to clear migration. Follow this link to book your tickets online right away or just to check out schedules and prices: Cuzco to La Paz

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Uyuni Salt Flat, Bolivia

Lima to La Paz

Traveling by bus from Lima to La Paz is an affordable and exciting journey between two of the most important capital cities of the Andes. Buses travel a distance of 1514 km in about 26 hours (sometimes migration paperwork takes longer, delaying the trip a few hours). The road from Lima to La Paz is very interesting because of the contrast of landscapes all along the way; the traveler will ascend from 0 to 3,600 meters above sea level. The bus stops at Desaguadero, the Bolivian border, where passengers get off the bus to do their migration paperwork. Buses to La Paz depart from the main Bus station in Lima and arrive at the bus Terminal of La Paz on Uruguay Av.  To see the available schedules and prices, and to book your tickets online, follow this link: Lima to La Paz

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From La Paz to Cusco by bus: Everything you need to know

The overland route from La Paz to Cusco is one of the most popular for Latin American tourists arriving from Uruguay, Argentina and Brazil in the months of January and February mainly. There are several ways to make this trip: directly or with stopovers in Copacabana and /or Puno, tourist sites worth knowing.

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Machu Picchu, Peru

The direct trip lasts between 14 and 15 hours, depending on the company and departure time, while the trip with stopovers may vary according to the traveler’s stay at stopover points such as Puno or Copacabana.

You can compare prices and companies as well as buy your tickets online with Tickets Bolivia.

We know that planning a long overland trip is often overwhelming, so we have compiled all the information that can help you organize and enjoy your trip to the fullest. After all, the journey itself is just as important as the destination!

Direct trip from La Paz to Cusco

Several companies offer direct service from La Paz to Cusco by bus. There are two possible routes: the one that goes through Puno and stops in Desaguadero for migration, and the one that goes through Copacabana and Puno, making migration in Yunguyo or Kasani.

The immigration procedure is simple, you only have to present your identity documents at the Bolivian window, to leave the country, as well as at the Peruvian window to enter.

Buses leave from the La Paz Bus Terminal, located between Peru and Uruguay Avenues. You can see the exact address of the terminal at this link.

Before boarding the bus, it is necessary to pay the Terminal Use fee, which costs 2 Bolivianos per passenger (less than 50 cents). See the table below for the companies that provide this service, and all relevant information. Buy your tickets from La Paz to Cusco safely and securely online with Tickets Bolivia.

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La Paz, Bolivia

Direct buses from La Paz to Cusco

Bus companySeat classTime of departure Time of arrival Price in US$
Trans SalvadorCama7:30hrs.22:30hrs.$35.33
NC InternacionalCama7:40hrs.22:30hrs.$35.04
Trans LitoralCama8:00hrs.22:30hrs.$38.54
Bolivia HopTouristic bus7:00hrs.6:00hrs. (+1 day)$49.00

Trips with stopover

From La Paz to Puno

For a longer but more restful trip and, above all, one that allows you to enjoy the attractions of Puno, you can make the trip from La Paz to Puno and from there to Cusco. Fleets depart from La Paz to Puno from the La Paz Bus Terminal (see map above) at 07:30, 08:00 in sleeper buses (160 degrees recline). The cost of the tickets is around 20 to 25 dollars, depending on the schedule and the company. The trip takes 7 hours and passes through the Desaguadero border.

In Puno, the buses arrive at the Terminal Terrestre de Puno located at the following address: Jr. Primero de Mayo 703.

From Puno to Cusco

Puno is a port city located at an altitude of over 3,800 meters above sea level, on the shores of Lake Titicaca, in the Altiplano of Peru. Puno is a picturesque hillside town overlooking Lake Titicaca and one of its major attractions, the floating islands of the Uros. This, and its proximity to the Bolivian border, make it a regular stop on the South American tourist route.

After enjoying the attractions of Puno, you can continue your journey to Cusco. Check this table to know the companies that travel from Puno to Cusco and all relevant data. To buy your tickets from Puno to Cusco online with Tickets Bolivia.

Direct trips from Copacabana to Cusco

Bus companySeat classDeparture timeArrival timePrice in US$
TranszelaCama8:45hrs.15:45hrs.15.00$
Avalos ToursCama22:00hrs.05:00hrs.22.15$
Turismo MerCama22:00hrs.05:00hrs.24.62$
TranszelaCama22:00hrs.05:00hrs.15.00$
Turismo MerTouristic07:00hrs.17:00hrs.69.00$
Avalos ToursTouristic07:00hrs.17:30hrs.70.00$

However you have planned your trip, nothing compares to the moment you finally reach your destination: the city of Cusco. All the buses arrive at the Bus Terminal of Cusco, located on Av. Vía de Evitamiento #429. Here is the map.

We hope the information has been useful and that you have a wonderful trip through the lands of the Incas.

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Visit Uyuni from Sucre by land

Bolivia is a land of incredible contrasts, where the magnificence of its natural landscapes competes with the beauty of its cultural sites. If you are interested in knowing the unique geographical formations of the Salar de Uyuni, you will be within the city of Potosí and not far from the wonderful city of Sucre, both declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO due to its cultural richness and its colonial architecture. . Walking through the streets of Sucre is like being in another time, and walking through the Salar de Uyuni is like stepping on another planet.

The Salar de Uyuni is the main tourist destination in Bolivia; It is a wonderful and surreal landscape. The desert was formed when a saltwater lake dried up, forming the current salt plain in the middle of the Bolivian altiplano. The tours include visits to the train cemetery and the blue and red lagoons.

If you want to know how you can travel from Sucre to Uyuni we give you the routes, schedules, and all the information you need. In addition to a travel option with a stopover in Potosi that will allow you to get to know this city before reaching your final destination in Uyuni.

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A view from Potosi

Sucre to Uyuni by bus

Sucre is the constitutional capital of Bolivia and where the Declaration of Independence was signed. Famous throughout Bolivia for its well-kept state and pleasant climate, Sucre, “the white city”, is probably the most peaceful city in Bolivia. Today, the city is one of the most important tourist destinations in Bolivia, known for its white buildings and red roofs, churches, and convents from the colonial era, and for its sunny and warm climate. At an altitude of more than 2,000 meters above sea level, Sucre is considered one of the most beautiful colonial cities in Latin America. From Sucre, you can travel directly to Uyuni, the gateway to the Salar de Uyuni, one of the best-known tourist destinations in South America and the largest salt flat in the world.

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Sucre is famous for its architecture

The bus trip from Sucre to Uyuni takes about 8 hours and its distance is approximately 361 km. There are two transport companies that make this trip directly: 6 de Octubre and Autobuses Emperador. These companies depart from the bus terminal in Sucre, which is located on Avenida Ostria Gutiérrez, and in Uyuni, the buses will leave passengers on Avenida Cabrera, in the center of the city.

Here we share the travel itineraries from Sucre to Uyuni:

Bus CompanyBus TypeDepartureArrivalPrice
6 de OctubreCama21:00hrs05:00hrs70Bs
Autobuses EmperadorCama21:00hrs05:00hrs90Bs

Buses from various Bolivian cities normally arrive in Uyuni early in the morning. In the city, you can find lodging services that are open very early waiting for the arrival of visitors from all over the country. In these places, you can wait for sunrise and tours to the Salar de Uyuni sharing a cup of coffee and a small snack with other travelers.

Tours to the Salar de Uyuni can be hired on the same day of your arrival at this place. There are different tour companies that offer tours of 1, 2, and 3 days and they usually depart from Uyuni to the Salar around 10:00 am. We recommend you take the 3-day tour to get to know everything that Uyuni has to offer. You can also buy the tour from Tickets Bolivia.

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Uyuni Salt Flat in the rainy season.

Return trips to the city of Sucre are made by the same transport companies that brought you to Uyuni. They usually depart at night as the Salar tours return around 10:00pm. Here we share the itineraries for the return trip:

Bus companyBus TypeDepartureArrivalPrice
6 de OctubreCama22:00hrs06:00hrs70Bs
Autobuses EmperadorCama22:00hrs06:00hrs90Bs

Trip via Potosi

Potosí is an important mining center, famous for its Cerro Rico, an ancient source of silver for the Spanish Crown for centuries, and one of the richest mines in history. Today, the city preserves its colonial architecture and tourists can visit the Cerro Rico mines and the Casa de la Moneda, the colony’s mint. The distance between Sucre and Potosí is 156 kilometers. The trip between the two cities takes about 3 hours and travels on a paved road. The route is popular with tourists and local commuters, as the two cities are connected not only by history but by very close economic ties as well as having little distance between the two cities.

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Cerro Rico de Potosí

Buses leave from Sucre to Potosí every day at every hour, between 06:00am and 07:00pm. To travel from Sucre to Potosí, you must take a bus from the Sucre Terminal, located on Avenida Ostria Gutiérrez. You will have to pay, apart from the ticket, a small amount for the use of the terminal, which has a cost of 2.5 Bs. The buses arrive at the new Potosí terminal, located on Av. Las Banderas. You continue the trip with the Potosí – Uyuni section, the buses leave every day from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. in semi-bed buses.

To take the return bus, Uyuni trips from Potosí depart from the “old” terminal, located on Avenida Universitaria. The bus trip takes about 3 hours. The buses leave throughout the day from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. in semi-bed buses. The trip from Potosí to Sucre is available every day from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on normal buses.

To buy your tickets online today safely from home and avoid crowds, visit our Tickets Bolivia portal.

Have a nice trip!

All about the Santa Cruz – Yacuiba bus route

Yacuiba is a gateway to our country for visitors coming from Argentina. Its location on the border with this neighboring country made Yacuiba become the second most populous municipality in the department of Tarija. The trip from this place to Santa Cruz is one of the most sought-after by tourists looking to get to know Bolivia and specifically the city with the highest growth such as Santa Cruz. Below we share information about this route, bus travel options, and its itineraries.

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The distance for bus trips from Santa Cruz to Yacuiba is approximately 544 kilometers. The bus trip takes 9 hours through the Bolivian valleys, crossing the department of Chuquisaca through national route number 9.

Yacuiba is the capital of the Gran Chaco province located in the south of the country in the department of Tarija. Yacuiba is located at the entrance to a vast plain, the Chaco, which extends through the Argentine, Paraguayan and Bolivian territories. The existence of Yacuiba is ancient and, despite the efforts to give shape to this city, it has been necessary to wait for the 20th century to see the emergence of an urban site where in the last 25 years very significant population growth has been seen.

Three economic sectors dominate Yacuiba: agriculture, commercial services, and commerce. In addition to the importance of the transport sector as it has an ideal location on the border with Salvador Mazza, an Argentine population.

From Santa Cruz to Yacuiba by bus

To make the trip from Santa Cruz to Yacuiba by bus, you must take a bus from the Santa Cruz bimodal terminal located on Intermodal Avenue. There you must make an initial payment for the right to use the terminal at an approximate cost of 3 bolivianos.

Santa Cruz, Bolivia

In the following table you can see the companies that make this trip, their itinerary and their prices:

Bus CompanyBus typeDepartureArrivalPrice
BolparCama20:15hrs.05:15hrs.90Bs.
La QueridaCama20:45hrs.05:45hrs.90Bs.
La QueridaCama21:15hrs.06:15hrs.90Bs.
Trans Copacabana SACama21:00hrs.06:00hrs.126Bs.

Yacuiba to Santa Cruz by bus

The buses for the return trip to Santa Cruz depart from the Yacuiba bus terminal located on San Martin Avenue. In this place, it is not necessary to pay for the right to use the terminal, so you only have to pay for your tickets to the transport company.

The companies, schedules and prices available can be seen in the following table:

Bus companyBus typeDepartureArrivalPrice
BolparCama20:00hrs.05:00hrs.90Bs.
La QueridaCama20:30hrs.05:30hrs.90Bs.
La QueridaCama21:00hrs.06:00hrs.90Bs.
Trans Copacabana SACama21:00hrs.06:00hrs.126Bs.

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Five tips for traveling in Bolivia by bus

Bus travel in Bolivia, or in flota, as it is called here, is one of the best ways to get around while on a budget. Buses cover most of Bolivia’s destinations and the most popular routes have frequent departures. Of course, bus travel in Bolivia is not without complications but the views and landscapes you will go through are well worth the effort. Here are our five tips for getting around the country safely and affordably.

Travel by bus in Bolivia: what you see
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1. Be prepared

Pack layers

Being prepared is important in order to enjoy traveling in Bolivia by bus. For example, know that if you will be traveling at night, especially through the altiplano, it can get very cold at night. Even if buses claim to have air conditioning or heating, they sometimes don’t. Or it isn’t working, so be sure to have blankets and/or warm clothes at hand if you need them. Likewise, if traveling by day through the lowlands it may get really hot and stuffy.

Bring snacks

Also, be sure to always have water and some food when you travel. Snacks are rarely included with the bus ticket, so most buses stop at least once so passengers can go to the bathroom and buy food in small towns along the way. But, when traveling in Bolivia by bus there are many circumstances that could affect the length of your trip. For example roadblocks, traffic, or the bus breaking down. These issues are usually resolved within a few hours, but it is always best to be prepared in case you end up stranded in the middle of nowhere.

Bus travel in Boliva
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2. Know what to expect

Random stops

Bus companies and drivers are trying to make the most profit from each trip. And there are many people who live in villages along the highway who need to travel. So don’t be alarmed if the buses stop once in a while to pick up passengers off the road, even if there is no space on the bus. People are used to sitting on the floor or stairways. It’s cultural, it responds to social and economic reality and this won’t change in the near future. There are also sometimes people who get on the bus in order to sell food, drink, candy, and miracle remedies. 

Rainy season

Unfortunately, when traveling in Bolivia by bus, there a different types of situations that can cause a delay or the cancellation of your trip. The rainy season, between November and February/March, can cause landslides, flooding, and other complications on some routes. Accidents are rare but to avoid them companies and transit authorities will cancel departures. There is not much that can be done other than waiting for better conditions or taking a different, longer route. This is why if you are traveling in Bolivia/Peru/Chile/Argentina during the rainy season be aware that this could happen and plan sufficient time to get to your destination, especially if you have a flight to take. Please note that during the rainy seasons it is common for flights to be canceled too so, wherever your destination is, don’t book close connections.

Roadblocks

Bolivia has a strong protest culture. This can be particularly problematic when traveling to Bolivia by bus. Long strikes (24 hours and longer) are usually announced but sometimes small communities will block major roads for a certain number of hours and without warning. Sometimes there is no alternative road and no other solution than to wait for the roadblock to lift. It may be possible to cross the blockade by foot and then take another method of transportation but only do that when there is no other solution. These situations vary a lot and the bus company will do what it can to help you get to your destination.

Be patient

It is also common for buses to wait past their scheduled departure time to fill with passengers. This is especially the case for informal bus companies that do regional routes (La Paz-Copacabana for example). If this will upset you, ask before you buy or go to the bus terminal where formal companies operate on fixed schedules. You can consult approximate journey times and departure times at the counter of the bus companies, and also on websites like this one, but be aware that these can change on short notice. Never plan a connection with less than 2 hours between the trips.

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Bus terminal of La Paz

3. Know where you’re sitting

Types of seats

There are three types of buses in Bolivia: Lie-flat (cama), semi-lie-flat (semi-cama), and normal. Buses with lie-flat seats are the most comfortable and are usually only available for long trips, more than three hours long. The seats recline between 160 and 170 degrees, depending on the bus. We definitely recommend these for long trips. Semi-lie-flat buses have seats that recline between 120 and 130 degrees and are great on trips that cover shorter distances. Normal buses have seats that recline no more than 110 degrees and are okay for traveling short distances on a budget. VIP buses with personalized TVs, WiFi, USB plugs, and food are not very common in Bolivia yet, unlike its neighboring countries. Only a few bus companies have these types of buses.

Where to seat on the bus

When selecting a seat, know the pros and cons of each. Seats in the back of the bus may be warmer, good if you’re traveling along the highlands, but the trip may be bumpy since you’re practically sitting on the back tires. You may have a smoother ride in the front but it can be colder. Also, if you select window seats, there is a chance a draft may slip through, so make sure to have warm clothes.

At the moment few bus companies have online systems that allow selecting a seat at the moment of the purchase. This means that when you book a bus ticket online, you can’t select a specific seat on most routes. When buying your tickets through TicketsBolivia, you can write to us after the booking and let us know your seating preference. If possible the bus company will do everything possible to accommodate each passenger.

bus terminal in Bolivia

4. Be safe 

All arrival and departure times shown on our website correspond to local times. Whenever your bus leaves the terminal or arrives at night, between 11:00 pm and 6:00 am, be cautious. Do not take a taxi that does not have the proper registration and identification. Here is some information on how to recognize and avoid common scams in Peru and Bolivia.

Usually, the terminals have taxi companies that work with them and are certified. Sometimes, when your bus arrives very early, like 3:00 am, you have the option of staying on the bus until a safer time to leave, like 6:00 am. If you have any doubts about the location of the bus terminal you are leaving from or arriving at, you will find the complete list of terminals and maps on this link: https://ticketsbolivia.com/travel-board.php

Bolivia is a generally safe country where the same logic and common sense applies as anywhere else in the world and traveling around Bolivia by bus can be a really enriching and fun experience.

5. Enjoy!

Look out the window, listen to some music, eat some snacks you wouldn’t otherwise, take the time to finally read that book or listen to that podcast, and don’t be rushed to arrive at your next destination.

Have a nice trip!

Documentation and health requirements to visit Peru

Peru is one of the most visited destinations in the world; Millions of tourists arrive in this country every year to enjoy its geographical and cultural beauty with places and destinations that offer the best photographs. And of course, we cannot fail to mention Machu Picchu, one of the New 7 Wonders of the World located in Cusco. In addition, the food of Peru is recognized worldwide as one of the best, its extensive variety and quality of products has positioned it as a mandatory destination for gastronomic tourism.

Machu Picchu

Below we will give you all the necessary information and the documentation that you must present to enter Peru, both in terms of visas and health requirements.

Necessary documentation and countries that require a visa

Peru is a country with basically free access. Most of the countries of America and Western Europe do not require a tourist visa to enter Peru, here we share the list of countries that need a tourist visa to enter Peru, by region:

North America: Citizens of Canada, the United States, and Mexico do NOT need a tourist visa in Peru.

Central America and the Caribbean: Cuba, El Salvador, Haiti, and Nicaragua DO need a tourist visa. The rest of the countries in that region do not require it.

South America: Only Venezuelan citizens require a tourist visa to enter Peru. From Argentina to Colombia, including Brazil and Suriname, they do not need a visa.

Europe: Most European Union countries do NOT need a tourist visa to travel to Peru. The exceptions are countries like Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, and Kosovo which do require it.

Tourists are allowed a non-extendable 183-day stay, which appears on a stamp on the passport and on a tourist card called the Andean Migration Card. It must be kept because it must be returned when leaving the country.

Take into account that citizens of Colombia, Bolivia, Ecuador, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, and Uruguay who travel to Peru for tourism purposes, can enter the national territory carrying only their national identity document or card. Citizens of other nationalities require a passport with a validity of no less than 6 months.

The process of obtaining a visa to travel to Peru, if necessary, varies depending on the country in which you are. You can obtain more information by consulting the website of your nearest Peruvian consulate. These are the documents that are generally required at consulates:

  • Form DGC 005.
  • Valid passport.
  • Copy of round trip ticket to Peru (ticket, electronic ticket or reservation).
  • Hotel reservation, tourist package reservation or letter of invitation legalized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Peru (any of these documents).
  • Two (2) color passport-size photographs.
  • Show economic solvency: a recent copy of your bank account statement.
  • Payment of the corresponding consular fee (this payment is not refundable or transferable).
  • Pass a personal interview scheduled by the Peruvian consulate (the summons method varies depending on the country where the procedure is carried out).

Sanitary requirements

You should know that there are some necessary requirements to face the global COVID-19 pandemic:

In order to travel to Peru, all people must previously fill out the Sworn Declaration of Health within 72 hours prior to the trip. The registration is individual and in the case of a minor, it is carried out by the guardian or person in charge of the traveler. Remember to save the image of said declaration in virtual or printed form.

It is necessary to present a negative molecular test with a result of no more than 48 hours before boarding in the country of origin. Children under 12 years of age do not have to undergo PCR, they just should not present symptoms. If you have been vaccinated against covid-19, you have the complete schedule and at least 14 days have passed since the last dose, you do not have to take this test. To do this, you will have to show your vaccination certificate.

Keep in mind that if you are over 18 years old and you are a resident of Peru, you will need to have a booster dose to enter the country. If you do not meet this requirement, you must take the PCR test.

People who show symptoms when entering the national territory must start a mandatory isolation, according to the regulations on the matter. The use of a double three-fold mask or a KN95 mask is mandatory to circulate in public spaces and in closed places. Children under two years of age are exempt from wearing a mask.

We hope the information has been useful to you. For any questions you can go to ticketsbolivia.com or write to our What’s App number +591 69874730, we are at your disposal. Have a nice trip, we are waiting for you!

Requirements to travel to Brazil

When planning a trip, it is very important to have up-to-date information on the necessary requirements to enter any country. This is to avoid problems at the border in the middle of an international trip. Here we will give you all the necessary information so that you have everything ready to make your trip to Brazil calmly and without worries.

Brazil is the most populous country in Latin America and the one with the largest geographical extension of this continent. Visited by a large number of tourists, Brazil has 22 World Heritage Sites thanks to its rich and diversified nature. The Amazon rainforest, the Pantanal, the Atlantic forest and natural wonders such as the Iguazú Falls are part of the natural treasure guarded by the country; In addition, its music and culture cross borders, and celebrations such as Carnival are known worldwide.

Requirements to enter Brazil, necessary documents

Brazil allows you to enter your country for tourism with a maximum period of 90 days without the need for a visa for most countries in both America and Europe. The only countries that need a tourist visa to enter Brazil are: Australia, Canada, North Korea, Cuba, China, India, Japan, Mexico, Angola, Mozambique, Cape Verde, United States, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Indonesia, Iran. , Jamaica, Armenia, Hong Kong, Lebanon, Syria and former Soviet states.

Peru, Colombia, Bolivia, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Ecuador and Paraguay; As part of the “Agreement on Travel Documents of the States Parties to MERCOSUR and the Associated States” they do not require a visa to travel to Brazil and can enter with:

  • Valid identity card or valid passport.

If you need a tourist visa to enter Brazil, you can start the procedures at the following link.

Vaccines and health requirements for Brazil

The necessary requirements regarding Covid-19 have been reduced as in most Latin American countries. Currently requested:

  • Complete vaccination certificate showing that you have been vaccinated against Covid-19 and that at least 14 days have passed since the last dose if you don’t have a complete vaccine,
  • Certificate of having performed a PCR or an antigen test within 24 hours prior to the departure of the flight to Brazil.

Children under 12 years of age do not need to present proof of vaccination or proof.

The vaccination certificate must have the following characteristics:

  • It must be printed or electronically.
  • It must include the name of the traveler, the commercial name of the manufacturer of the vaccine, the number(s) of the lot(s) of the applied dose(s) and the date(s). ) of application of the dose(s);
  • Vaccines approved by Anvisa, by the World Health Organization (WHO) or by the authority of the country in which the traveler was immunized are valid;
  • The application of a single dose or the last dose of the primary vaccination scheme must have occurred at least 14 days before the date of shipment. Documents issued abroad must be presented in Portuguese, Spanish or English.

We hope the information has been useful to you. For any questions and the purchase of your ticket from Bolivia to Brazil you can enter ticketsbolivia.com or write to our What’s App number +591 69874730, we are at your disposal. Have a nice trip, we are waiting for you!