Another relaxed border crossing. We went to the smaller one of the two crossings between Cusco in Peru and La Paz in Bolivia. It is called Kasani and takes you to the town of Copacabana in Bolivia (not the one with a beach in Brazil…). Remember that Bolivia is on a different time zone, so the office hours is one hour “after” the Peru side. We arrived at the border around three thirty, and were done in about 45 minutes. A lot of this time was waiting for people in the offices to show up.
At the Peruvian side everything went very smooth. Police office first to get a stamp in the tourist permit, and then to next door to get the exit stamp in our passports from Migracion. Last stop is Aduana to hand in the vehicle permit.
Drive all the way up to the chain blocking the road. Park on the right hand side of the road. Police office and Migracion is the two houses to the left. Aduana is a small white house just to the right of the chain across the road.
There was no cost at any office, but we have heard of other travelers being asked for a “tip”. We never pay bribes to border officials or police. The whole thing took about 5 minutes, and we drove off to the Bolivian side.
Traffic at the border. Bolivia is on the other side of the gate.
The gate in the background. The building in the picture is the Aduana.
Park in front of the gate, and look for the Imigracion.
Imigracion office is in the building on the left just next to the Aduana. Police office is in the same building, behind the small door to the right. And I guess it is obvious where you can get the copies you need for Aduana....
Imigracion was quick and easy. Fill out the tourist forms, and you get a stamp in your passport. No cost. Aduana it took more time. He started asking us what we had in the car, and for a second we were a little worried that this would lead up to a question of money. Fortunately it didn’t, maybe because we became a bit grumpy about having to go out to get copies of the vehicle import form. He claimed that his system was down, and that that was the reason we needed to make our own copies of the official vehicle import form. Another couple crossing the border experienced the same thing. Copies doesn’t cost more than a couple of cents, so not really a problem, but kind of annoying. Other than the copies, there was no cost at Aduana. We got 90 days, same as on the tourist permit. Make sure to check this, and also make sure that all the vehicle info is correct, as we have heard of people getting in trouble at exiting Bolivia if there are errors in the permit.
The officer at the Aduana office told us to go to the Police office to get the final stamp on the vehicle permit. This was what took the most time. The office was empty and no police officers were around. We waited probably 20 minutes, and were just about to leave without it (the Aduana guy told us it would probably be okay… ?!?!). A police man showed up, complained about the hard work at the border, wrote down my license plate number, and asked for a “propina”. I told him this would be illegal, and that he should know that. He mumbled something I couldn’t understand and stamped my vehicle permit. Soon after we were on our way, 50 minutes after we arrived at the Peruvian side, included exchanging our last soles (Peruvian money) to bolivianos.