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Crossing the Border to Brazil

The main border crossing to Brazil is at Quijarro at the end of the train line, with a second, minor crossing at San Matías, the access point to the northern Brazilian Pantanal. The route through San Matías is an adventurous border crossing; the road east of San Ignacio is still unpaved. Buses run between San Matías and Santa Cruz (the route may be impassable in heavy rain). If you are crossing the border in your own vehicle, Brazilian entry or exit stamps should be picked up from the Polícia Federal office at Rua Antônio João 160 in Cáceres; get your exit and entry stamps for Bolivia in Santa Cruz.

You’ll more than likely arrive in Puerto Quijarro by bus or by train between 6am and 7am to be greeted by a line of taxi drivers offering to take you the 3km to the border (B$20). Immigration offices are on opposing sides of the bridge. Bolivian officials have been known to charge an unofficial fee for the entry stamp (usually around B$18). Crossing this border you are generally asked to show a yellow-fever vaccination certificate. On the Brazilian side of the border buses or taxis will take you into Corumbá. Brazilian entry stamps are given at the border.

Expreso Oriental

Quijarro to Roboré

Cost (B$)

31

Arrival time

6:54pm

Quijarro to San José

Cost (B$)

48

Arrival time

11:04pm

Quijarro to Santa Cruz

Cost (B$)

70

Arrival time

5:40am

Ferrobus

Quijarro to Roboré

Cost (B$)

90

Arrival time

10:45pm

Quijarro to San José

Cost (B$)

100

Arrival time

1:50am

Quijarro to Santa Cruz

Cost (B$)

235

Arrival time

7am