Travelling across South America is a dream for many, and if you speak a little Spanish, you’ll be surprised at just how easy it is to travel across less touristy destinations such as Bolivia on local buses.
The Bolivian Bus network is pretty impressive, and while the roads may not be up to the standards we are used to in Europe or the United States, the buses managed to navigate them with ease, and though your journey will take a little longer than it would perhaps in other countries of the world, the scenery is so beautiful that there’s no need to rush!
In Bolivia, most ‘Cama’ and ‘Semi Cama’ buses are modern, comfortable, and extremely affordable, especially when compared to internal flights, and so they are the perfect mode of transport for travellers on a budget. Most services include food and non-alcoholic beverages, which are served to you seat side, and all buses have large reclining seats that allow you to stretch out and take a nap as you transfer to your next destination.
Popular bus journeys such as La Paz to Salar de Uyuni usually run overnight, and take anything between 10 and 12 hours. By travelling through the night, you get to save on hotel accommodations, and you’re not wasting any valuable days transiting airports. If you are pretty flexible, and you can sleep almost anywhere, this is definitely a way in which to uncover Bolivia.
As for costs, well, busing Bolivia is still relatively cheap! Here are some samples currently advertised online:
- La Paz to Santa Cruz $13 – $35 Dollars Per Person
- La Paz to Uyuni $17 – $35 Dollars Per Person
- La Paz to Cusco (Peru) $26 – $40 Dollars Per Person
- Cochabamba to San Pedro de Atacama (Chile) $48 – $74 Dollars Per Person
- Tarija to Salta (Argentina) $16 – $24 Dollars Per Person
If you are planning on visiting Bolivia and its neighbouring countries anytime soon, check out the local Bus Network, it will get you where you want to go for less, and you’re far more likely to meet the local people along the way!