We were actually planning to go all the way back to Colombia by heading across Brazil on Highway No. 319 reaching Venezuela. However we had to change our plan.
The Brazilian Highway No. 319 is well-known for one of the worst “roads” in the country. And as we have the rain season right now, this highway is totally impassable.
There is no other way getting back north across the continent, so we had to find a way going back to the Andes on the West. We decided to take a loop towards Bolivia.
We arrived at the border of Bolivia at noon. The border was closed, because the executives just work before that time. So we had to wait until the next day.
After waiting in line for more than two hours to get the exit stamp of Brazil, we were forced to show the border officials our certificate of an amarillic typhus vaccination.
The vaccination of yellow fever is obligatory for everyone who’s entering Bolivia coming from Brazil. But in the end we blessedly entered Bolivia unvaccinated.
Did you leave Brasil from Corumba??? If the answer is YES, watch out for policeman on the road in Bolivia. There are police stations by the road, where you are supposed to get a stamp on the car importation document. If you don’t get them, the later police station will try to get your money… That is the way it is.
Almost forgetting… the road you are taking is still under construction (al least it was 2 years ago) before Santa Cruz de La Sierra and between Santa Cruz de La Sierra and Cochabamba, it is full of curves and car accidentes… They drive as crazy… Watch out… Always drive during the day time!
Best regards, Paula & Paulo.
Hey Paula & Paulo!
Thanks for warning us – you are right, the police men in Bolivia can be pretty corrupt! I guess we handled them pretty well as we have never paid money to anyone on the journey yet.
And yes, the road to Santa Cruz was partly going through a jungle :D. Not the best road for Herbie, but he did it :).
Luckily everything was going well in Bolivia!