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Frequently Asked Questions


- WHAT SETS YOU APART FROM OTHER GUIDE SERVICES? WHY SHOULD I CHOOSE BOLIVIAN JOURNEYS AND MARCO SORIA?
- WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE COST OF MY COURSE OR CLIMB?
- WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE COST OF MY COURSE OR CLIMB?
- HOW QUICKLY DO THE TRIPS FILL UP?
- HOW DO I SIGN UP FOR A TRIP?
- WHAT IS THE DEPOSIT AMOUNT TO HOLD MY SPACE?
- WHAT HAPPENS IF I CANCEL OR CHANGE THE DATE OR ITINERARY OF MY TRIP?
- WHAT HAPPENS IF BOLIVIAN JOURNEYS HAS TO CANCEL MY TRIP?
- DO I NEED TO PURCHASE TRIP INSURANCE?
- WHEN SHOULD I PLAN TO LEAVE AND RETURN HOME?
- WHAT IF I WANT TO ARRIVE EARLIER OR DEPART LATER THAN THE TRIP DATES?
- WHERE SHOULD I STAY IN LA PAZ?
- HOW DO I GET TO WHERE I NEED TO BE?
- CAN BOLIVIAN JOURNEYS HELP BOOK HOTEL RESERVATIONS?
- WHO WILL MY GUIDE(S) BE?
- WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?
- CAN I RENT EQUIPMENT FROM BOLIVIAN JOURNEYS?
- HOW HEAVY WILL MY PACK BE?
- IS IT POSSIBLE FOR ME TO STORE EXTRA GEAR AND CLOTHING THAT I WILL NOT NEED?
- WHAT KIND OF FOOD WILL THERE BE ON MY TRIP?
- WHAT WILL THE WEATHER BE LIKE ON MY TRIP?
- HOW HARD ARE THE MOUNTAINS WE CLIMB?
- HOW PHYSICALLY FIT DO I HAVE TO BE?
- WHAT IF SOMEONE ON MY ROPE TEAM GETS SICK, WILL I LOSE MY SUMMIT OPPORTUNITY?
- DOES BOLIVIAN JOURNEYS CUSTOMIZE TRIPS?
- I WOULD LIKE TO ARRANGE A PRIVATE TRIP, IS THIS POSSIBLE?
- HOW LONG HAS BOLIVIAN JOURNEYS BEEN IN OPERATION?
- WHAT IS YOUR SAFETY RECORD?
- WHAT IF I WANT TO EXTEND MY TRIP?
- WHAT CAN I READ TO PREPARE FOR MY TRIP TO BOLIVIA?
 
WHAT SETS YOU APART FROM OTHER GUIDE SERVICES? WHY SHOULD I CHOOSE BOLIVIAN JOURNEYS?
a)Bolivia UIAGM/IFMGA, our guide staff. The Bolivian Journeys guide team is the finest in Bolivia. They are Aymaras with a natural adaptation to the Altitude. All our guides have been working for us for about 7 years already, so they're part of the Bolivian Journeys family. They must be the guides that climb the most in the Andes.
b) Our gear. Bolivian Journeys has a big investment on equipment: North Face and Mountain Hardware tents, including 4 season mess tents (Mountain Hardware Satellite model), cell phones, handies, oxygen, climbing and camping gear, etc. We highly recommend you to visit some other operators in La Paz, even those that have web sites in the Internet and youll see the big difference between they and us.
c) We're enough experienced to make you're your trip to Bolivia pleasant, that's why we do the assistance with the organisation of International Expeditions and Operators, reknowed companies that roganise expeditions all over the World.
d) We're higly recommended by Lonely Planet, Footprint, Let'go 2014, Backpacking in Peru and Bolivia, Le Guide du Routard,
http://www.peakware.com/ , and many others magazines, newspapers, and Spanish guide books. 
e) Because the area of our expertise is our own country, our Managing Director and Staff are climbers and habe been climbing all these mountains for over 20 years, so we know the mountains, we have competent guides, drivers, cooks, porters, muleteers, quality gear.
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE COST OF MY COURSE OR CLIMB? Top
-  Professional guiding
-  Transportation to the trailhead and back
-  All meals while on the mountains
-  4 season tents
-  Stoves, fuel and cooking equipment
-  Group climbing gear
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE COST OF MY COURSE OR CLIMB? Top
-  Airfare
-  Transportation within La Paz
-  Hotel or acommodations
-  Restaurant meals
-  Guide gratuities
-  Personal equipment
-  Entrance fee to National Parks, trails or mountains
HOW QUICKLY DO THE TRIPS FILL UP? Top
As soon as you want, we just need two people to start any of our trips.
HOW DO I SIGN UP FOR A TRIP? Top
WHAT IS THE DEPOSIT AMOUNT TO HOLD MY SPACE? Top
Deposit due to reserve a position: $us 200.  You'll pay the balance amount at your arrival in La Paz.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I CANCEL OR CHANGE THE DATE OR ITINERARY OF MY TRIP? Top
Cancellations are non-refundable and no reschedule option will be available. Bolivian Journeys is not responsable for bad weather, political disputes, natural disasters or other beyond our control. There will be no partial refunds for unused meals, transportation, climbing arrangements, or any other unused service for any reason. Our cost is quoted as a package and is not subject to credits.
WHAT HAPPENS IF BOLIVIAN JOURNEYS HAS TO CANCEL MY TRIP? Top
We won't cancel your trip, for no reason, we'll start the trip even if you're the only one.
DO I NEED TO PURCHASE TRIP INSURANCE? Top
We highly encourage trip cancellation and travel insurance. This comprehensive travel insurance provides coverage for trip cancellation, interruption, travel delays, loss of baggage and travel documents, baggage delays, medical expenses and emergency assistance.
WHEN SHOULD I PLAN TO LEAVE AND RETURN HOME? Top
It depends on the program you take, we remind you that you need a couple of days for acclimatization.
WHAT IF I WANT TO ARRIVE EARLIER OR DEPART LATER THAN THE TRIP DATES? Top
No problem. There is a lot to do in La Paz we will recommend you day trips.
WHERE SHOULD I STAY IN LA PAZ? Top
There are good hotels in La Paz, options depend on your budget. We can help you with hotel reservations according to your budget.
HOW DO I GET TO WHERE I NEED TO BE? Top
You should fly to La Paz - Bolivia.
CAN BOLIVIAN JOURNEYS HELP BOOK HOTEL RESERVATIONS? Top
Yes we can.
WHO WILL MY GUIDE(S) BE? Top
All of our guides are highly skilled professionals who have been selected based on their technical proficiency, proven safety records, careful judgement, patient and supportive teaching styles, and great personalities. All of our guides hold current Bolivian Mountain guide certification and are proficient in technical rescue and evacuation skills.
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING? Top
A complete clothing and equipment list specific to your trip will be found in our link mountaineering.
CAN I RENT EQUIPMENT FROM BOLIVIAN JOURNEYS? Top
Yes you can, we have double plastic mountaineering boots, crampons, ice axes, harnesses, helmets, sleeping bags, pads, and much more.
HOW HEAVY WILL MY PACK BE? Top
All our trips are supported by mules and porters, so you won't be carrying more than 15 pounds.
IS IT POSSIBLE FOR ME TO STORE EXTRA GEAR AND CLOTHING THAT I WILL NOT NEED? Top
Yes it is, either at our office or at the hotel.
WHAT KIND OF FOOD WILL THERE BE ON MY TRIP? Top
Gourmet food (fresh food), a blend of high-quality foods prepared by our guides or cook. You don't have to cook or clean-up . We are happy to accommodate for those with vegetarian diets. The quality of expedition food has a surprising effect on a climber's morale and this goes on to affect performance. Over the years, we have constantly updated our 'menu' to keep everyone nourished and happy!
WHAT WILL THE WEATHER BE LIKE ON MY TRIP? Top
The weather conditions are pretty stable between March to October, we have clear and bright days.
HOW HARD ARE THE MOUNTAINS WE CLIMB? Top
They are routes designed for beginners to intermediate climbers.
HOW PHYSICALLY FIT DO I HAVE TO BE? Top
To get the most out of your climbing experience with us, you will need to be fit and healthy. You do not need to be an athlete, but a good level of overall fitness is important.
WHAT IF SOMEONE ON MY ROPE TEAM GETS SICK, WILL I LOSE MY SUMMIT OPPORTUNITY? Top
No, our guide to client ratio is 1:2 in all our expeditions.
DOES BOLIVIAN JOURNEYS CUSTOMIZE TRIPS? Top
Yes we do, we can design a program depending on your level, interest, etc.
I WOULD LIKE TO ARRANGE A PRIVATE TRIP, IS THIS POSSIBLE? Top
Yes it is, we'll be happy to arrange a private trip to the destination of your choice.
HOW LONG HAS BOLIVIAN JOURNEYS BEEN IN OPERATION? Top
Bolivian Journeys started in 1997.
WHAT IS YOUR SAFETY RECORD? Top
Our priority has always been safety, we've taken over 4,000 people to the mountains and we've never had accidents.
WHAT IF I WANT TO EXTEND MY TRIP? Top
No problem, let us know what else you want to do and we'll do it .
WHAT CAN I READ TO PREPARE FOR MY TRIP TO BOLIVIA? Top
Bolivia a climbing guide by Yossi Brain, Trekking in Bolivia by Yossi Brain, Bolivia by  Lonely Planet.
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