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The new Bolivian Visa rules have caused us to cancel our upcoming day trip to Copacabana and Sun Island from Puno, Peru. Its just not worth an extra $100 per person (4 of us = $400), yellow fever vaccinations, submission of bank statements etc. for just a few hours in the country. Of course, if we were going for a week or more, I would have no qualms about it. I realize and appreciate that the new requirements for US citizens are reciprocal, but this is going to hurt Bolivia a lot more than it is the USA. No one is beating down the doors to get into Bolivia, so the risk of tourists overstaying their stay on a day trip shouldn't be a concern, as it is in the US. In any case, its unfortunate that we will miss our day trip to the other side of Lake Titicaca, and that Bolivia will lose our travel dollars. I hope the Bolivian realizes the unintended consequences of their new requirements -- it will affect their travel industry companies and employees far more than it will affect our missing a day of travel there.

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