Bolivia would hardly be accessible
to the outside if it weren't for the planes of Bolivia
Airlines. Although an extensive network of trails
crisscrosses the Andes Mountains, some parts of them are
hardly wide enough for two camels. Fortunately, La Paz
is a well-known city and many international and South
American airlines make direct flights to Bolivia.
If you plan ahead you get a better rate, however, many
good options, such as standby flights to Bolivia are available
to you if you do decide to go at the last minute. You
might struggle with trying to decide which of the buses
are going to go faster on the roads of Bolivia, many of
which can be subject to flooding, opt for just taking
a flight to your next destination on one of the many small
As you explore the country, travel by air aboard one
of the well-known Bolivian airlines. Many visitors opt
for taking LAB Airlines (Lloyd Aero Boliviano) from destination
to destination. Bolivia is number 7 on the list of countries
with the most airports on the world, behind the United
States (who comes in first, Brazil, Russia, Mexico, Canada,
and Argentina. This is an amazing fact for such an undeveloped
country, but it lends credibility to the idea that road
travel is not always the best way to get around in Bolivia.
Cochabamba, La Paz, Santa Cruz, Sucre, Tarija, and Trinaded
are airports that are serviced by LAB airlines. LAB also
makes stops all over South America, to places like Cancun,
Panama, Sao Paulo, Rio De Janiero, Beunos Aires, Caracas,
Cordoba, Manaus, Lima, and Santiago. So whether you'd
like to leave the hassles of road travel behind while
you're in Bolivia or you're looking for flights to South
America to see the whole continent, LAB is a great resource
to help you. It is one of the most trusted and well-known
AeroSur fulfills a similar role, with service to many
of the same stops in Bolivia as LAB, and in addition it
travels to Uyuni, home of the Salt Flats and Puerto Suarez
in the far southwestern corner. Aerosur also has combination
packages, which include a tour, hotel and a round trip
plane ticket to the best destinations in Bolivia. It has
an airpass to Bolivia that can save you quite a great
deal if you are planning to tour the entire country.
A One World Visit South America pass is a combined ticket
which gives you access to 10 south American countries
and 34 major cities. This pass includes flights to Bolivia,
together with destinations such as La Paz. This pass allow
you travel on any one of the eight airlines that collaborate
in this program: Iberia, Aer Lingus, British Airways,
Finnair, LAN, Cathay Pacific, American Airlines, and Qantas.
A package deals to La Paz, like the two day trip which
includes a round trip plane ticket to Santa Cruz, one
night and two days in the five-star Camino Real hotel
with a late checkout at 6pm, allow you to enjoy the city
awhile longer. Or you might want to stay in and enjoy
use of the spa that day, which is included in the package
which costs a very reasonable $129 USD Per Person.
A number of airlines from other South American countries
have direct service to Bolivia, such as Brazil's Varig.
Chile's national airline, LANChile, makes regular flight
to La Paz. Argentina also has direct service to La Paz
from Argentina on Aerolineas Argentina.
While great views are to be had on the roads and mountain
passes are incredible, some of the most spectacular views
of Bolivia can be enjoyed from a plane. You will see even
further that the adventurers who spend weeks climbing
to an altitude. As you soar over the climbers on their
quest for the summits, you can look across the 160 mile
long Cordillera Real, and take it all in at once.