La Paz to Rurrenabaque
This route used to follow Death Road out of La Paz but the new road has been completed and is much safer. The bus from La Paz to Rurrenabaque is still a bit hairy in places but accidents are very rare.
Getting from La Paz to Rurrenabaque can be a bit of a headache for some travellers. The call of the Amazon is strong and definitely worth the trip. Many people choose to fly for the ease and safety and if you have the money it could be worth it. We opted for the 13 hour night bus.
We went there and back with “Trans Totai”. The return trip left Rurre at 6:30 pm. I don’t have the details of the trip there or the cost, but from memory I think it left at a similar time and was about 160 Bs each way.
The phone number I have on my ticket for “Trans Totai” is 2210700.
“The road is long and winding and mainly dirt road. The buses are old and some stink of coca leaf.”
The road is long and winding and mainly dirt road. The buses are old and some stink of coca leaf. There is no option for a luxury ‘suite’ bus, so you have to plan on not getting much sleep.
We arrived early in the morning and got a moto-taxi to look for a hostel. We ended up staying at Hostel El Lobo on the far end of town which was great and had a nice pool.
We booked the return bus from a travel agency in town the day before our trip. The agency is called ‘ Escorpión Travels’. We also did a Pampas and Jungle tour with them and I would highly recommend them.
La Paz Terminal
We booked the bus from La Paz to Rurrenabaque in a travel agency near the Witches Market (‘Mercado de las brujas’) in La Paz. The buses don’t leave from the main Terminal but from a suburb on the way out of town. I forget the name but they will tell you when you book the ticket. There are Minivans that can take you there or take a taxi.