on to Bolivia

bolivia 

Having discovered that the real reason Carlos was initially refused entry to Peru was an attempt to extract a bribe in exchange for ushering him across the border left us nervously anticipating this next crossing.  Though at that time neither of us had any idea and we spent the day jumping back and forth between the consulate and the border before they finally gave up on us and let us across.  I had also heard rumors about Bolivian border officials confiscating “fake dollars” from travelers.  That being said, we were wondering if we would encounter any unusual problems crossing from Peru into Bolivia.  We didn’t.  Everything went smoothly and we were on our way to Copacabana in just under a half hour.  

American citizens require visas to enter Bolivia and at $135 they’re not cheap.  Fortunately, I had already obtained mine at the Bolivian consulate in Cusco.  Crossing into Bolivia I was one of five Americans on our bus and the only one to make it across the border.  The others had waited to obtain their visas and apparently didn’t have all the documentation the immigration officials were demanding.  Ironically, when I arrived at the consulate in Cusco I was prepared with all of the required documentation and without looking at any of it they took my $135 in U.S. bills, stuck a sticker in my passport and that was it.  Apparently the charge for the visa is considered a reciprocity fee and Bolivian citizens are charged the same amount for a visa to visit the U.S.

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