ferry in Bolivia
Replies: 3 - Last Post: Dec 4, 2012 4:42 PM Last Post By: Erik07
Dec 1, 2012 8:56 AM
ferry in BoliviaHello everyone,
is there any opportunity to take the ferry from trinidad or from puerto pailas and go north towards? actually i want to take the ferry from puerto pailas to trinidad and from trinidad to guajaramirim? If anyone knows if such a ferry exists could they please tell me about it.
thank you all you guys
Dec 1, 2012 6:13 PM
Dec 3, 2012 9:52 AM
Dec 4, 2012 4:42 PM
3In # 1 Banjanti refers to the thread Bolivia in 4 weeks, Nov 28, 2012.
Akarcayati, you can find some information in this Bolivia forum about going by boat on the rivers. I can refer to these threads:
Boat trip from Puerto Villarroel to Trinidad, Aug 1, 2012.
Travelling by boat in the Amazon, Jun 22, 2012.
Boat from Guayaramerin (or Riberalta) to Rurrenabaque, Boliva, Jul 1, 2010.
The last-mentioned thread tells in post #5 of Apr 9, 2012, that from Trinidad to Riberalta it can be impossible to get a boat.
You mention Puerto Pailas. Links in Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puerto_Pailas and en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Río Grande (Bolivia)
If you want to go to Puerto Pailas, try a search for Puerto Pailas or "Puerto Pailas" (with quotation marks) at the internet.
In this TT Bolivia forum: Your post is the only result.
At Google: Not much of relevance.
There is no regular boat traffic on the rivers to or from Trinidad. In general there are no public passenger boats along the Bolivian rivers. On location you can be lucky to find a boat going (some) of your way.
Today all (almost all) goods / freight go by road. Only very few (small) cargo boats are left.
A different matter is all the ferries crossing the rivers to connect roads. The roads in Bolivia are generally poor, and bridges over the rivers are rare.
So going by boat as a tourist / foreign traveller depends on individual arrangements.
You have to arrange everything yourself, normally on location.
If you are a group and have the money, maybe you can hire a boat and a crew. Otherwise it is like hitchhiking. You may find seats / room for 1 - 3 persons, and you will normally have to pay.
When going by boat on your own, you have to speak Spanish fluently ! Failing this you will not be able to negotiate and arrange with the skipper and crew of the boat, and it would be difficult to handle situations that can crop up on the way.
Altogether I agree with Banjanti: Going by boat to or from Trinidad is very difficult or impossible.
This applies in general for all the Bolivian rivers. Do not try to travel by boat on your own, unless you are a very experienced and adventurous traveller, and you have plenty of time.
Join an organized boat tour instead. For instance downstream the rivers to Rurrenabaque. Where also "Inner tube Rafting" is offered.
The tours (three days or more) from Guanay go through "wilderness" without any "civilization". The stretch from Mayaya (30 km east of Guanay) to the Bala Gorge (near Rurre) is without towns or villages. The whole stretch from Mayaya to Rurre is without road connection and without mobile phone coverage.
This experience should be enough and satisfactorily for the majority of those who want a change from the dusty and bumpy roads.
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