Peru was AMAZING! It really is a diverse and incredible place to visit and is on our list to return to one day to enjoy a little more.
Having explored the northern highlands and coastal regions, followed by desert oasis', sacred Incan valleys and the fringe of the Amazon jungle, it was time to take our adventures further south to Bolivia.
For an Aussie, crossing the border into Bolivia is simple, but time consuming.
We purchased a bus ticket from Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca (35 soles per person) for a direct bus to La Paz in Bolivia. The lady at the terminal (Panamericano) told us it would take 5 hours maximum so armed with some snacks, we boarded our bus a little after 7am.
Given there were only 6 of us that morning, we were hustled onto another bus taking the same route and we arrived at the Peruvian immigration point around 2.5-3 hours later. The bus parked about 500m from the office and we had to walk, leaving our large backpacks under the bus.
The line on the Peruvian side was short and it was a quick stamp and we were out of there with plenty of time to change some of our Soles into Bolivianos before crossing the bridge into Bolivia.
As you're crossing the bridge, keep to the left hand side and go straight up to the window with an officer distributing green entrance cards. He will ask to see your passport, but this is to ensure you have your Peruvian exit stamp. Then, you just join the line to the right of the office.
Australians don't require a visa to visit Bolivia and stays of up to 30 days are permitted*.
The whole process took roughly 2 hours, before we were escorted back to the bus by our driver and we were on our way once again to La Paz...arriving a slight 3.5 hours later than expected, but this is South America!
*We met other travellers on our bus from both Holland & Germany - and both of these nationalities were also exempt from requiring a visa. Another traveller, from South Africa however, was required to apply for his visa before arriving at the border. For more information head to; http://www.embassyofbolivia.nl/node/907.
Please also note, you should not be charged any 'taxes' for leaving Peru or entering Bolivia unless you have a) overstayed your visa or b) are required to pay a visa application due to your nationality.
Safe travels x
The information on this page is solely based on our personal experiences during International Border Crossings, most of which have been overland. We highly recommend checking all advice against the respective countries own immigration website for up to date information.