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=== [[Bolivia]] ===
The border area between Chile and Bolivia is spectacular and terrifying. It's at very high altitudes in the Andes mountains. There's a stark contrast between the living standards between Chile and Bolivia. Bolivia is one of the poorest countries in the region and not many people own cars. There's loads of shared cars/taxis roaming between the villages. It's a best practice to stick to major routes if one is adamant to hitchhike all of Bolivia without ever paying for a ride. Know how to ask for a free ride. While the border between the two countries is long, many of the crossings are designated as "solo referencia" - only for reference - and not to be used as an official border with immigration and customs and passport stamps. There's some risks to crossing borders "illegally".
'''Bolivian border crossings north to south'''
'''''Tripartito Triple Frontier''''' is the northernmost point of Chile and a triple border between Chile, Perú and Bolivia. There's no town on the Chilean side, just the A93 road and a marker at the triple border. The town in Perú is called Tripartito and the town in Bolivia is called Ladislao Cabrera in La Paz Department. It doesn't look like there's any customs here to get any entry/exit stamps. The Chilean region is called Region XV Arica y Parinacota. Let us know what is up with this place and how hitchhiking is here.
'''''Paso Visviri''''' is 10 km south of the Tripartito border and is (probably) an actual functional border. The Chilean town on the A93 is called Visviri in Region XV Arica y Parinacota and the customs are about 2 km from the actual border. The Bolivian town is called Charaña, La Paz Department and there is no information about customs. Let us know if you've been here.
'''''Paso Chungará - Tambo Quemado''''' on the CH11 between (very roughly) Putre in Region XV Arica y Parinacota and (very roughly) Oruro in Oruro Department. This is quite a popular border crossing for trucksand lies at 4680 meters above sea level. [[User:MOAH|Mind of a Hitchhiker]] was here in early 2016 on the Chilean side to visit the volcano and lake and not to cross the border. She camped at the Chilean forest guard CONAF Guarderia de Chungará at Parque Nacional Lauca. There's a guy who is stationed there permanently, and if you ask nicely, he'll let you sit inside for a while to warm up and make yourself a cup of hot something. This area sees four seasons in one day, so camp next to the building or one of the little walls for wind protection, use your storm lines and hope the wind direction doesn't change. Amazingly beautiful area. '''''Paso Colchane - Pisiga''''' on the CH15 between Colchane in Region I Tarapacá and Pisiga Bolivar in the Oruro Department. It's at 3700 meters above sea level and the border is open from 08:00 till 20:00 (at least in the summer; we don't know if it's open year-round). The immigration offices are about 100 meters apart and the total distance from town to town is about 2 km. On the Bolivian side is a gas station at the end of town in direction Oruro. Let us know if you hitchhiked this border! '''''...''''' '''''...'''''
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