Road blocks in Bolivia - getting to Salar
Replies: 8 - Last Post: Sep 26, 2012 4:27 AM Last Post By: jamesbrunker
Sep 25, 2012 6:49 AM
Road blocks in Bolivia - getting to SalarTravelling from Sucre to Uyuni, tomorrow but with the road blocks no chance of getting out. Anyone any suggestions, we need to get to Uyuni preferably or Tupiza to start a tour of Salar, which we are hoping to start on 27th or 28th.
Also any recommendations for good tour companies as a lot of conflicting information.
Sep 25, 2012 9:20 AM
I am in La Paz and we are trying to head to Toro Toro NP, via Cochabamba, but its not going to happen.
Speaking to a few local people in tourism over the last few hours, they have also said that other roads towards Uyuni, including our of Sucre are currently affected, but there is a glimmer of hope that roads to Uyuni may open tonight.
Just keep your ears to the ground, and good luck.
Sep 25, 2012 12:01 PM
Sep 25, 2012 12:32 PM
3The road blocks are still in place as of 15.30 today.
It's anybody's guess whether or not they might be lifted by tomorrow.
The only thing I can suggest is check with TAM which (I think) has flights from Sucre to Uyuni.
You could also fly with TAM or BoA to La Paz and from there with Amaszonas to Uyuni.
Sep 25, 2012 12:52 PM
4My GF & I are on the same boat. Please keep us updated! We were supposed to take the train from Oruro to Tupiza tomorrow and start our salt flats tour on the 28th.
We're thinking of flying down to Sucre and hang out for a week and hope the protests settle down by then so we can head to Uyuni from there.
Sep 25, 2012 9:06 PM
6A quick question for a friend that is traveling now. He is trying to get from salta to cusco in the next few days and was planning on going through uyni/la paz etc... From what I can tell from reading here that is going to be impossible. He will be able to get up to Oruro and not any further because of the road blocks. Is that right?
Sep 25, 2012 11:24 PM
7#6, there should be a bus from Salta to San Pedro de Atacama via Paso de Jama. He could take a salar tour from that end and hope like hell that everything simmers down before his tour is done. If not, the full tour will return to San Pedro de Atacama, and he can get to Cuzco via Arequipa or Nazca.
Makes you wonder about the folks recently trying to see Bolivia in a single week, with every last second scheduled full.
Sep 26, 2012 4:27 AM
8Government reached an agreement with cooperative miners last night, and blockades appear to have been lifted this morning. The agreement does not solve the problem of who controls the Colquiri mine though, where both groups are still sticking to their original positions so there is still plenty of scope for further protests. Various worker unions start a 72 hour strike today in support of the state salaried miners currently occupying Colquiri. These strikes usually involve large marches in cities (esp La Paz) but not necessarily blockades, so with luck will not be as disruptive. Keep an eye on local news for latest and (as mentioned many times before on here) be flexible, Bolivia often doesn't allow tight schedules.....
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