My info is 4 years old but the principle still stands: End of 2005 I travelled solo through Bolivia. It was about a week or two after international news services reported severe unrest and even civilians & miners throwing lit dynamite sticks at government troops. I found the Bolivian people to of the most friendly I have ever met, except parhaps for Malawians. Not a bit of trouble anywhere, not even an unfriendly face. There were bad fuel shortages from Potosi southward, but everywhere there was someone willing to help. La Paz had a policeman on almost every corner and although the traffic was crazy I never saw a single accident.
If I ever get the chance I'll go back to Bolivia without thinking twice. The country is dirt poor but the people are magic!
I used Michelin maps but something more detailed would have been useful for Bolivia, especially after you leave the asphalt going to Uyuni - not too many people around to ask for directions!
Show respect, help if you can and smile and you'll have a GREAT time!
Post a rteport, please!
"The fates lead him who will; him who won't they drag." - Anon