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Bolivia International Airports

La Paz's El Alto Airport and Santa Cruz's Viru Viru Airport are the take-off and landing points for virtually all of Bolivia's international flights.

La Paz El Alto Airport

La Paz's airport is located in the plains of its fast-growing sister city, El Alto. The airport's altitude has been measured at 4,060 meters (13,325 ft.), making it one of the highest in the world. As a result of the logistical problems that this altitude presents, El Alto handles relatively fewer flights than you would expect from the nation's largest metropolitan region.

El Alto Airport has restaurants, stores, WiFi and duty-free shops.There is a currency exchange bureau in the international arrivals hall, and there are several ATMs spread around the facility. Minibuses travel the 10 kilometers (7 mi.) between the airport and central La Paz, but registered airport taxis are a safer option, especially at night. Travelers leaving on international flights must pay a $25 tax before departure.

Santa Cruz Viru Viru Airport

Viru Viru Airport in Santa Cruz is Bolivia's largest, most-modern airport. Because of its low altitude, it handles more flights than does El Alto. The airport is about 15 kilometers (10 mi.) north of town, and minibuses and taxis take travelers into the city. The international arrivals hall has an ATM and currency-exchange facilities. The airport has a number of restaurants, including Subway, and shops. There is WiFi available throughout the terminal.

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By Nick Rosen
A staff-writer here at V!VA's offices in Ecuador, I came to Quito after having worked on public health and development projects in Africa. Naturally,...
10 Feb 2010

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