Low Altitude airports in Bolivia

Feb 16th, 2014, 10:49 PM
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looks like a plan,There is no need to stay in Potosi unless you particularly want to. Our bus left at around 8.00 took around 4hours to Potosi, stopped for a 10 minute break and then another 4 hours to Tupiza, arriving at around 4 in the afternoon. Paved roads the whole way. That said, we didn't experience any of the roadblock issues when in. Bolivia

Tupiza Tours is based in Hotel Mitru where there will plenty of people looking to joind tours so you can get yo meet your travelling companions before committing. Alternatively, as mlgb suggests, the agencies in Sucre will probably be able to help. What time of year are you planning on going? Tupiza is a nice town to spend a few days with some nice restaurants and excursions into the surround area.

If you do want yo stay at La Dolce Vita, make sure you book in advance.
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Feb 17th, 2014, 09:16 AM
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The bus station in Potosi is outside the center of town. The real reason to stay in Potosi is if you want to see the Moneda (old mint) and have a walk around the historic center of town. As crellston said you can schedule a through bus early enough to avoid night time.

Sucre has a few sights that I recommend, including the central market (good food upstairs) and the Origenes folklore dance show, but not the dinosaur park. If the Origenes show is still on, there should be brochures at the hotels and travel agencies. It is at Azurduy 473, in the center of Sucre.

If you can schedule your trip to be there on Sunday, the Tarabuco market is interesting to see the local people in traditional attire (even if you are not shopping).
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Feb 17th, 2014, 09:33 AM
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Ok, for some reason I thought that the bus from Sucre to Potosi left later in the day, and the ride from Potosi to Tupiza would arrive in the middle of the night. But if I could do it all in one day that would be ideal for sure!

I'll be arriving in Santa Cruz around Sept 1 and I'll be there for around ten months. I'm planning on spending three nights in Tupiza, just hanging out and maybe I'll leave earlier if I meet some people whose group I can join. Hoping to have space to play it by ear.

For anyone interested, my updated itinerary with approx price:
Canada - Santa Cruz $1500
Santa Cruz - Sucre flight $60
Sucre~ 3 weeks (teach ESL) $280
Sucre - Potosi - Tupiza bus $20
Tupiza~ 3 or 4 nights $70
Salar de Uyuni tour~ Tupiza Tours 3 nights $200
Uyuni - La Paz bus $40
La Paz~ 3 or 4 nights
La Paz - Death Road - Orphanage $10
Orphanage~ 7 weeks
Orphanage - La Paz $10
La Paz - Tarija (bus?) $50
Tarija~ 6 months (organic farming)
Tarija - La Paz
Kanoo tour hike (not sure which one yet) ~$200

I think I over-guessed most of the prices... let me know if anything stands out as being off though.
I was originally going to fly from Uyuni to La Paz but since I decided to stay in Sucre to do ESL, I wanted to save money later getting to La Paz.
Hoping I can get a better deal on the international flight but right now $1500 is the best I have found.
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Feb 17th, 2014, 02:04 PM
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You might want to see what the Bolivian Airline BOA charges when they start to fly from Miami in May. Possibly other may lower fares to match.

I think you may be finding higher airfares because of the length of your stay.

If it doesn't cost you to much to get to New York or Miami, you may find better prices buying two tickets.
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Feb 17th, 2014, 04:36 PM
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It would cost me $600 to get to Miami, and $500 to NY round trip.
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Aug 3rd, 2014, 04:02 PM
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Hi Dianna,

I hope you enjoyed to time in Bolivia.

I will travel in September to Bolivia and plan to go from Sucre to Tupiza. I would like to know whether you sticked to your plan and toke the bus during daytime from Sucre. If so, do you know what time it leaves? Is it necessary to buy the ticket in advance.

Thank you for your help!
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Aug 4th, 2014, 06:49 AM
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Buses leave Sucre from around 7am to 10 am. takes around 8 hours with a very brief toilet break in Potosi, the halfway point. best to book you seat a day in advance but you would probably be ok getting seats on the day as there are several companies plying the route. the bus station is about 30 mins (uphill) walk out of the centre of Sucre so either reactor that in or get a taxi.
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Aug 4th, 2014, 01:31 PM
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Hi Crellston, thank you very much! It is very hard to find good information about bus travel in Bolivia.
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Sep 9th, 2014, 05:56 PM
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Hi sorry I haven't left yet! still planning hehe...just a few more weeks til take off
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