Our Border Crossing: Not a Cakewalk


July 18, 2012 by t4li

Your trusty South American adventurers´ crossing from Argentina to Bolivia was, as could perhaps have been expected, somewhat fraught. 

The night before we were to get on the bus to the border Leah was struck with an extremely unfriendly bout of food poisoning.  This led to a sleepless night and an extremely weak and dehydrated Leah.  However, her adventurous spirit was untouched so 9 am found us packed, clutching 4 liters of Gatorade, and waiting at the bus station to make the first leg of our trip – a bus ride from Tilcara to the border town of La Quiaca.

The ride went off without incident, as did the walk from the bus station in La Quiaca to the Immigration building on the border.  The crossing was a little more difficult – we had to wait in line to leave Argentina, wait in another to enter Bolivia, fill out paperwork, then pay a visa fee of $135 in $20 bills, some of which were deemed counterfeit by passport control (whaa??), a process that left Leah weak and shaky.  So once we had crossed into the Bolivian town of Villazon I left her slumped over her pack on the sidewalk to find an ATM, so we could withdraw some Bolivianos, and some lunch, because at this point it was 2:30 and I was starving.

Once I returned we took a taxi to the bus station and bought tickets for the 3 o´clock to Tupiza, our final destination for that evening.  Unfortunately this bus did not leave the station until 4:30.  Luckily, this story has a happy ending – our bus arrived in Tupiza, we checked into the hostel, Leah passed out, and today she is almost totally recovered!  This entire process took us about 10 hours. It´s just not a trip to South America without someone getting food poisoning, am I right? 


One thought on “Our Border Crossing: Not a Cakewalk

  1. Yulia says:

    Hopefully, it will be your last one. Food poisoning is never a good thing. Make sure you eat your food completely cooked. Keep well and keep on trekking.

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