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Advice needed for trip to La Paz

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Advice needed for trip to La Paz

I have a 19yr old son who is flying into Lima next week,taking a bus to La Paz and then spending a month working on a charity project;could anyone give a bit of advice on the following questions

1.How long will it take him to bus from Lima to La Paz?and is it a safe journey?

2 Hes asthmatic,and has assured me that its not an issue for asthmatics to be at high altitude;is there anyone who has found that the altitude is an issue for those with breathing problems?and yes,i am worried!

3 What is the weather like in march/april?will he need to pack winter and summer clothes?

4 Is there any particular advise you would give to him for his trip?.....what would you tell a young man on his first trip to the area?

I really would appriciate any help!Many thanks in advance

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I am not 100% sure but i don't think there is a direct bus from Lima to La Paz. we did the trip in stages. Lima to Cusco (24 hours). Cusco to Copacabana (about 12 hours). Copacabana to La Paz (5 hours). the first section to Cusco is a pain but it does give you a chance to acclimatise slowly. Given the asthma i would spend a night or two in Cusco before going on to Puno or Copacabana which is the highest point the trip (i would do this even without asthma.

there is no reason that someone with asthma should not be ok at altitude but probably best to check with his GP beforehand and make sure he has adequate supplies of Ventolin etc.

it will be the cusp of the rainy season with the weather improving. i would certain take both summer and winter clothes as it can get cold at night.

we were in Peru and Bolivia for several months last year and found it to be perfectly safe as long as you take the usual precautions. Keep and eye on belonging, don't flash cameras around etc. get him to read up on http://www.artoftravel.com for some useful info

here is a link to my blog if you want to see some of the places he will be going to


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