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"Advices" Bolivia Warnings Or Dangers Tip by brochitas

Bolivia Warnings and Dangers: 48 reviews and 27 photos

There is a very common way to steal tourists:
the thief disguises himself in a Police uniform! He even has ID, his uniform is exactly the same than the police one... He will come to you and he will tell you: I need to check your documents (step 1). I need to see your WALLET (step 2). Where is my money???? SNIFF (step 3).

So simply ignore him. Nothing will happen because he is not a real police. NO REASONS AT ALL FOR THE POLICE TO STOP YOU.

Always keep your wallet and camera hidden (the less people notice you are a tourist, the better). Do not put them in a "comfortable" position for some1 to pull them. I don´t mean with this that you have to become paranoic! Bolivia is one of the safest countries in Southamerica, but tourists are, anywhere, a particular target for certain kind of people.

Regarding to meals and hostage: it is better to pay a little more and to be in an acceptable hotel than to choose the cheapest one (service will not be good and probably the neighborhood either). The same with food; do not eat in the streets or in places that look too cheap. It is dangerous. If your budget is limited, then you can go to supermarkets; there are sandwiches and things like that there. And you can buy fruits, etc. It does not mean that you have to lose bolivian kitchen! But be careful (specially with fried things and fresh vegetables).

This is a suggestion for transportation from one city to other: the best of course is to travel by plane. It does not mean that buses are not a good option but you should know which to take (not all are good companies). Anyway, consider this: there is a big contrast between Andes & Amazonian, so to go from one place to the other is hard by bus. So, if you are in La Paz, then go by plane to Rurrenabaque (Beni) and to Santa Cruz. Otherwise, go step by step, from La Paz(andes) to Cochabamba (which is in the middle) and then to Santa Cruz(tropic).

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  • Written Nov 28, 2006
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