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The safest approach to arrive in any city is to arrange for your hotel to pick up you, meaning there will be a guy with a sign with your name on it waiting for you right outside Customs. Just give them a ring and ask about "airport transfer" or "airport shuttle service". The obvious downside is that this is usually expensive, often 2-4x the cost of a taxi. ...


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It's actually longer than 24 hours. The most common route is from La Paz through to Iquique, and then down to Santiago. The Santiago->Iquique leg alone takes 24 hours. I can recommend either Pullman (we used them for that) or Tur Bus (used them for other shorter trips). I blogged about it as well. From Iquique to La Paz it took us 16 hours. However, ...


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I live here in Bolivia (Tarija). First of all you should never fly into La Paz. Santa Cruz is the better option as they are less likely to steal your stuff when you go through customs. As far as staying in the airport, if you are not waiting for a layover then by all means take a taxi to your hotel. I would suggest that you have your hotel pick you up as ...


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For most travellers, there's really only one logical way - the bus. The airport is 50km away in Juliaca, and generally you fly from Lima. I did this trip by bus back in 2010 - the 'fast' option around the lake, and you can read my brief bit about it on my blog. From the Article on Wikivoyage: Daily buses depart to and from La Paz, Bolivia on two ...


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Some airports charge their own departure fee (to help fund airport operations) that is not included in the ticket price. Until about 2009 or so, this was also the case for the airport in Christchurch, New Zealand (I think it was about NZ$25). At that time they changed to include the departure fee in the ticket price for departing passengers. This makes it a ...


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My general strategy for safety in situations like this is not to look like an easy victim. In particular: Know the general route and driving distance to your hotel from the airport. If Google Maps has driving directions in the city you're travelling to, use it. If the driver deviates from it (GPS on your phone can be useful here) immediately say "Hey this ...


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I hope someone with direct experience can give you some information. After a quick google, I'd say that I'd feel somewhat comfortable (as a guy) taking a reputable-looking cab from the airport directly to a hotel at 3:30am or whenever your flight lands and you get your stuff. I have a pretty good sense for who to trust and have avoided being robbed a ...


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My best tip for La Paz would be to find a decent taxi driver and ask him to take you to some place where they have the beans. Offer him a bonus if he makes you happy. Remember not to wrap the beans in plastic. They should be stored somewhere dry and cool. I forgot to take some beans I bought out of their plastic bag and ruined them. Also remember that ...


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The airport departure fee as of August 2014 is 20 US$. I (the OP) however didn't had to pay it as it somehow was already included in the ticket price (despite the warning on the website). I got the sticker, confirming that I paid the fee, on my boarding pass at check in. My advice: ask your airline at check in when departing from La Paz!


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Just go to the Bus Station in downtown Laz Paz. There are several buses to Peru, most of them will stop in Puno. Just double-check when buying your ticket. It may be cheaper to take domestic buses and walk across the border but buses around there are so cheap that it is hardly worth the trouble.



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