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Bus from La Paz bolivia to Guayquil Ecuador? How long?

Buses from La Paz to Guayaquil Ecuador. How long and how much?
5 years ago, July 26th 2009 No: 1 Msg: #81014  
Hey hey,
Would anyone know how long would it take to get from La Paz Bolivia to Guayaquil Ecuador by Bus ? Should I go from La Paz, to Puno, then to Lima then to guayaquil? Has anyone done it? If so, what are the bus costs?

Pura vida!
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5 years ago, July 29th 2009 No: 2 Msg: #81396  
N Posts: 12
hey, i'm also looking for information on buses, I plan to travel from Guayaquil, south to Buenos Aires,
if it helps i have been recommended these sites, though I can't understand them in spanish;

let me know how the research goes !
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5 years ago, July 29th 2009 No: 3 Msg: #81409  
Buses in Bolivia and Ecuador are very cheap.Also cheap in Peru but I like to pay a little extra there and travel with "Cruz del Sur".It is much more comfortable and safe.There is no need to book buses,just turn up at the local "Terminal" and there will usually be a bus in the next hour or so.
You will both have the most incredible adventures.South America is such a beautiful, friendly part of the world.Neither of you mentioned Colombia.If you are avoiding this unbelievable country becouse you have heard it is to dangerous please reconsider.I LOVE COLOMBIA and every traveller I have met here feels the same way.I have travelled all over Peru,Bolivia,Paraguay,Uraguay,Argentina,Chile and Ecuador but ,as much as I enjoyed these places, it is Colombia that has stolen my heart.Please speak with other travellers and reconsider your plans.You will be so glad if you add Colombia to your itinery.
Please feel free to message me if you have any Qs
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5 years ago, July 29th 2009 No: 4 Msg: #81417  
N Posts: 12
thanks for the hearty response Paul !. Yes this is one place in particular I was interested in, do you know what Aracataca is like ?. I would like to visit the place because Gabriel García Márquez I heard was born there !.
I will certainly see that I visit the place, im staying in SA for a year so I hope to visit more than once!
Could you say on average how much a bus from colombia/ecuador to beunos aires would be?
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5 years ago, August 5th 2009 No: 5 Msg: #82209  
hey guys. Thanks for the advice. Ive now been traveling for 7 months here in sur america and have no problem taking buses for the long haul. Im just worried about protests and road blocks along the way when im in hurry to get to from la paz to lima.

COLOMBIA, ugh, SLURP! ive also heard AMAZING stories about how incredible the place is. Im keeping my fingers crossed bc i really want to go there! Paul, if i have any qs about colombia, ill be sending u messages!

Pura Vida,
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5 years ago, August 5th 2009 No: 6 Msg: #82212  
Feel free to message me anytime and Matt I couldn't tell you about long haul buses.I like to break my travels up into no more than 8hrs at a time Reply to this

5 years ago, August 5th 2009 No: 7 Msg: #82213  
N Posts: 12
hey rancherita,
gonna be flying to ecuador in 2 weeks, and was wondering how the buses are there?
have you been taking one bus or do you change at borders etc ?,
can you recommend me a company because i need to buy a ticket as proof of a return travel when i go through
thanks alot
good luck with columbia !
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5 years ago, August 6th 2009 No: 8 Msg: #82265  
B Posts: 21
Columbia is not to be missed! Medellin and the Carribbean coast were highlights of my South American trip. Felt as safe there as anywhere else in Sth America.

If you turn up at the local bus terminal, you'll always find a bus to the nearest large town or if in a major city, to many long haul destinations.

Generally, I found the buses in Peru, Columbia, Argentina, Mexico and Brazil to be excellent. They did get a bit sketchy in Peru over the mountains and internal buses in Bolivia had a lot of dust and people in the aisles, but it was all part of the experience. Generally the scenery is breathtaking too.

Never had any trouble like that with customs, just write up an imaginary itinerary if you have to show something to customs which shows you leaving the country as well as entering it, and also flying back home eventually, even if you haven't planned it. Reply to this

5 years ago, August 6th 2009 No: 9 Msg: #82269  
hey matt,
I haventmade itto ecuador yet so i cant help ya there.

As far as ticket of return travel.....before i left the U.S. in Florida, i had to present a return flight from anywhere out of south america so that i COULD ENTER PERU....for that they did check my flight at the airport to verify if it was indeed a LEGIT ticket. BUT...for my brazilian visa that i got in Argentina, they asked for bus/plane tickets In and out of brazil.....i falsified plane tickets bc they werent really going to be checking the flight numbers. and they didnt. good luck! Reply to this

5 years ago, August 6th 2009 No: 10 Msg: #82270  
B Posts: 21
Depends on your nationality too, I think.

US citizens were more heavily scruitinised than Australians or New Zealanders or Europeans, in my experience. Reply to this

5 years ago, August 6th 2009 No: 11 Msg: #82271  
I had flight into Lima and flight out of Mexico City and this was enough to get into Peru.The customs guy only asked me how long I planned to stay in Peru and gave me 60days.It is posible to get 90 Reply to this

5 years ago, August 6th 2009 No: 12 Msg: #82272  
And Matt sorry I took so long to answer this question but I just asked my Colombian girlfriend about Aracataca.Yes it is famous for being the birthplace of Gabriel Garcia Marquez.It is in the district of Magdelana and is near Santa Marta.I believe it is a lovely town and is safe for tourists. Reply to this

5 years ago, August 7th 2009 No: 13 Msg: #82468  
Hi, im so happy I cam across this website, in particular this thread, as ive spend about 3 hours on the internet trying to figure out whether I can get a bus from Lima to Bogota. Ive found the Cruz Del Sur service from Lima to Tumbes but cant find anything that will take me beyond that to Colombia.

Has anyone done this trip or can anyone recommend a bus line, or know of a route I can take on bus from Lima to Bogota?

Im trying to avoid flying as im having great difficulty finding cheap flights. Id prefer to save the money and travel overnight long haul on bus.

Thanks so much in advance for any info you can give me. Reply to this

5 years ago, August 8th 2009 No: 14 Msg: #82536  
It is easy to organise bus ,to Ecuador, at Tumbes or Mancora.Get bus through to Guayaquil as border crossing can be a bit tricky on your own.To cross Ecuador/Colombia get bus to Tulcan and taxi to border,around $5.From border get taxi to the terminal in next town,another $5.From here it is simple to get bus to Popayan or Cali or Bogota.
You are missing alot of great places doing this trip in 1 LONG haul.I understand if you are in a rush but if you want any suggestions just message me. Reply to this

5 years ago, August 8th 2009 No: 15 Msg: #82541  
thanks! message sent! Reply to this

5 years ago, August 10th 2009 No: 16 Msg: #82688  
N Posts: 12
Great thanks for the info, i'm definitely heading to Columbia after Ecuador all the advice on buses and locations
will help greatly! Yup checked with my plane carrier and they said you do have to have an onward flight out of S.A and it has to be a plane ticket, ( though the embassy wont tell you this , I got told by them a bus ticket would be fine ! ) hope this info helps others.
Cheers Boga/australiano for the heads up on locations! , its amazing how much this helps ! ,

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