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Friday, April 03, 2009

How to get to | Bolivia

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Source: Christophe Meneboeuf

Visitors arrive by bus or car (from Peru or Argentina), or by air. Note roads from Brazil, Chile and Paraguay are apparently not very good. Airlines flying to Bolivia (La Paz and Santa Cruz) include:
  • Star Alliance - none
  • Oneworld - American Airlines (from Miami), LAN (from Lima, Iqique and Santiago)
  • Sky Team - none
  • Other - Gol, TACA, TAM

TIP Fares are normally higher to/from La Paz than Santa Cruz (due to weight limitations at the high altitude flights are half empty).

TIP With relatively high fares, Bolivia is a good option for including on a Oneworld award, round the world ticket or South America pass.


Eileen said...

It's worth noting that for about $100 and 3 days of 4X4 travel including crossing the Salar (salt lake), you can cross from Chile into Bolivia. It can be done in private vehicle (or vehicles, better idea), but is a really tough route. Most take a tour from San Pedro de Atacama which ends in the little city of Uyuni. Stay in salt hotels en route, etc. There was barbecued llama the last night of the trip I took. Buyer beware, some tour companies are better than others.

eduardo said...

Copa also flies to Santa Cruz from Panama.

A national airline Aerosur flies from Miami, Lima, Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo, Asuncion, and others

Aerolineas Argentinas to Santa Cruz from Buenos Aires

The American Airlines flight from Miami varies on different days.

On some flights it arrives first to La Paz (picking up passengers on the way to Miami) and then to Santa Cruz to drop off the rest and pick up the rest on the way back to Miami.

At other times it flies directly to Santa Cruz and back.

I've traveled this route a lot and there really isn't much difference between flying to La Paz or Santa cruz in terms of price. If you have trouble with the high altitude it may be best to fly to/from Santa Cruz (VVI), but normally I fly into La Paz and out of Santa Cruz to cut down on time.

Prices go up during the high season June 15-August 15 (on AA) and around Christmastime, but around the year you can find 600-700 depending on how early to book.

TAM Mercosur also flies to Cochabamba (the country's fourth largest city).