Take the 2-minute tour ×
Travel Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for road warriors and seasoned travelers. It's 100% free, no registration required.

The infamous San Pedro prison (El Penal de San Pedro) in La Paz is famous for having no security guards inside, the prisoners run it themselves. Families of the prisoners often live there too, and it's apparently possible to do 'tours' of the prison, also run by the prisoners. However it's hard to find information on this as no official tour company can be seen to endorse these, and I'm quite sure nobody would insure them either ;)

Any ideas?

share|improve this question
    
quickmeme.com/meme/1t0m ?! –  iHaveacomputer Dec 19 '11 at 3:07
    
Quite serious. I was annoyed when I was there last that I didn't have enough time to find out more about it. I've met several people since who have been. –  Mark Mayo Dec 19 '11 at 3:23
    
Well I've met people who have done prison tours in this part of the world. I thought it was Colombia but I could have misremembered or there could be more than one such prison. –  hippietrail Dec 19 '11 at 9:55
1  
@hippietrail In Bolivia they don't do that. You could ask..but as there is no control in the prisons here in Bolivia you could get hurt. You can't take cellphones and electronic things inside. –  mccjeff May 19 at 19:55
add comment

2 Answers 2

up vote 8 down vote accepted

The tours of the prison used to be possible in the past, but with the publication of the book 'Marching Powder' they became very popular and the government finally cracked down on the whole situation in the prison.

It is no longer possible to do the tours or get into the prison (unless you are convicted to serve time there)

share|improve this answer
    
Any idea when this crackdown was? I've met people in the last year who have done it. I Just failed to find out how they did it ;) –  Mark Mayo Dec 22 '11 at 21:12
1  
Last year? When I was in La Paz in November 2009 it was no longer possible to get into the prison. –  Peter Hahndorf Dec 22 '11 at 21:14
    
I wonder if perhaps they were talking about Palmasola then... –  Mark Mayo Dec 22 '11 at 22:03
add comment

You need to be a resident in Bolivia and have a reason for going in(know someone who is convicted).

If you go in you will probably take fleas home with you.

Source: I live in Tarija, Bolivia

share|improve this answer
add comment

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.