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BOLIVIA – Expenses & Accomodation

For those who plan to visit Bolivia one day, this could be useful, similar blogs have helped us work out our budget and accommodation during the planning stages & trip.

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We spent 19 days in Bolivia, staying in cheaper hotels (2 or 3 star) and a few hostels, all had free WiFi. We ate at restaurants for all our meals, except breakfast which was always included in the price of our accommodation. Meals are generally very cheap in Bolivia and we took advantage of this. Also it was hard to find a decent supermarket to buy food to cook.

The “Transport” part below includes taxis and inter city buses which sometimes included full sleep seats.

The “Extras” part ranged from museum entrances to tips for our guides on certain tours as well as our trips to both the jungle and pampas as well as a 3 day tour of the Salt Flats in Uyuni.

All amounts are in US dollars

Accommodation:..................................$225
Food:....................................................$211
Transport:............................................$114
Extras:.................................................$1307
TOTAL:.................................................$1857

Per day for 2 pax:...............................$97.7


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BOLIVIA - ACCOMODATION: 10 to 28 Dec 2009

LA PAZ
"Estrella Andina"
Address: Calle Illampu Nº 716, zona El Rosario, La Paz
Phone: 591-2 2456421
Web: http://www.estrellaandina.web.bo/
Email: Through Website
Cost: Bs196 per room inc breakfast. (There is cheaper stuff! We were just starting out and weren’t sure of prices)
Notes: This hotel was very basic. Central location. Internet was free and they had wifi.


JUNGLE AND PAMPAS TOUR
All booked through a company, details below.
"Incaland Tours"
Address: Sagarnaga street, La Paz
Tel: 591-2 2316760
Web: http://www.incalandtours.com/
Email: incalandbolivia@hotmail.com or incalandbolivia@gmail.com or info@incalandtours.com
Cost: Bs3000pp inc meals, accommodation, tours, flights (5 days)
Notes: Not luxury, but a well enough run tour. 2 nights Jungle and 3 nights Pampas. Make sure other people are booked on tour with you too.

NB: Flights via Rurrenabaque only go if there is no rain as runway is grass. If you are there and you get stuck, a jeep or bus is the answer. We had a bad experience with a jeep, but think it normally goes well. We know people who took the bus and where just fine too.


RURRENABAQUE
"Oriental Hotel"
Address: Plaza Dos de Febrero, Rurrenabaque
Tel: 03 892 2401/ 71900031.
Web: www.hosteltrail.com/hoteloriental (couldn’t find their own)
Cost: Bs?? per room – price included in tour package so not sure. Breakfast inc. – Ensuite bathroom.
Notes: Basic but fine, hammock area to relax in.


SUCRE
"Hostelling International Sucre"
Address: Calle Guillermo Loayza 119, Sucre
Tel: 591-4-6440471
Email: hostelling_international_bolivia@yahoo.com
Web: www.oasistours-bo.com
Cost: Bs100 per room - shared bathroom – no breakfast – wifi incl. and computers for a fee.
Notes: We didn’t like this one so much, a bit dirty, bathroom constantly muddy.
Close to bus station but a bit far from centre, 15 min walk down a hill to centre, (uphill not so fun!) but there are buses that run past the hostel street if not keen to walk. Kitchen (a bit dirty) for guest use.


UYUNI
"Avenida Hostel"
Address: Av. Ferroviaria 11, Uyuni, Bolivia
Tel: 693-207/8
Cost: Bs100 per room - Ensuite – no breakfast – no wifi
Notes: Clean and simple. Well located for us to join our tour company’s office (Salt flats tour).


SALAR DE UYUNI TOUR
All booked through a company, details below.
"Oasis Tours"
Address: Aniceto Arce Nº 95 Of. 2 entre San Alberto, Sucre
Tel: 04-643 2438
Cost: Bs3000pp inc meals, accommodation, tours, flights (5 days)
Web: www.oasistours-bo.com
Notes: We did lots and lots of research and this company came up as having the best reviews. Sadly for us we actually got sent into another company’s tour as it was Christmas and they were regrouping the rare people going. It was fun but we had a few mishaps on the way.
We started in Uyuni and instead of coming back to it, we got off at the Chilean
border (for San Pedro) to carry on our journey south.

To see our blog on trip details on Bolivia please go to our Table of Contents here.

Please let us know if you found this info helpful.

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Posted by kostlin 13:01 Archived in Bolivia Tagged costs expenses

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