How it works:
- Version 1: overcharging with inflated fares.
- Version 2: this is rare and unlikely to happen to you, though there have been isolated cases of express kidnappings (criminals posing as drivers drive you to an ATM and forcing you to withdraw money over several days (due to the daily withdrawal limit)).
Places to beware:
- Border from areas of Bolivia with Peru, Chile and Argentina
- Route Copacabana to La Paz
- Cementerio General and the Sopocachi area of La Paz
- Rurrenabaque where motorbike taxis sometimes also carry out express kidnappings
What to do:
- Situation: some may be fine and are even cheaper, but you have to accept the risks (overcharging, no insurance coverage, beaten down car, potentially being robbed).
- Photo: if you engage, take a photo of the car plate and the driver’s license.
- Official taxis: use radio taxis – a sticker on the window and name and phone number of the company displayed on the roof. Contact: Magnifico Taxis (+591 2 2410410); La Paz Taxis (+591 2 2221212); Gold Taxis: (+591 2 2722722).