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Thanks to relatively easy access to camiones and a profusion of buses, hitchhiking isn’t really necessary or popular in Bolivia. Still, it’s not unknown and drivers of movilidadescoches (cars), camionetas (pickup trucks), NGO vehicles, gas trucks and other vehicles – are usually happy to pick up passengers when they have room. Always ask the price, if any, before climbing aboard, even for short distances. If they do charge, it should amount to about half the bus fare for the same distance.

Hitching is never entirely safe, and we don’t recommend it. Travelers who hitch should understand that they are taking a small but potentially serious risk.