Santa Cruz to Sucre
Replies: 19 - Last Post: Feb 19, 2013 3:10 PM Last Post By: silver_99
Jan 27, 2013 10:42 AM
Jan 27, 2013 11:23 AM
Jan 27, 2013 12:08 PM
Jan 27, 2013 4:23 PM
3Don't go by bus! Bolivian night buses are terrible and flights are cheap.
As #1 says Transporte Aéreo Militar (*not* to be confused with the huge Brazilian airline which has just fused with LAN) is good. I'd heard they had a reputation for not maintaining their planes quite as well as civilian lines, but I flew La Paz-Sucre with them and they were good. As a weird kind of bonus the cabin crew wear military uniforms...
BoA (Boliviana de Aviación) have a morning flight from Viru-Viru to Sucre via Cochabamba. I flew with them too (Tarija-Santa Cruz) and they are fine.
Jan 28, 2013 6:46 AM
4Both TAM and BoA are fine, BoA has an advantage of giving you ability to book online, it's not possible with TAM.
More importantly: are you planing to go on the same day? If so BoA is the way to go as they fly from Viru-Viru. TAM is flying from Trompillo that is closer to town if you are going to stay there overnight.
Jan 28, 2013 10:36 AM
Jan 29, 2013 3:38 AM
Jan 29, 2013 1:54 PM
7My partner and I did the bus from Sucre to Santa Cruz about two weeks ago (reverse of your direction, but I guess the same thing). It's not as bad as the poster above indicated. It's a survivable 16 hours and dirt cheap. I mean, yeah, it was basically the roughest bus ride we took in Bolivia, but you'll be fine. Sure, the road was bumpy and unpaved the whole way, but nothing we couldn't handle.
Seriously, though, it is survivable!
It was also the smelliest bus we took in the whole country. Not sure why. When you pick your seat, make sure you avoid the very front seats of the bus, as they often don't have windows that open. Or just ask the ticket seller about the windows...
Jan 29, 2013 3:18 PM
Jan 30, 2013 5:50 AM
9As guide in Bolivia. I highly recomend you to fligh with BOA. It is the best company in Boliva. Except to Rurrenabaque. The price is 57 $us. TAM is not bad. it sucks even in Bolivian standarts. check by yourself in boa.bo Yes you can book on line not like TAM.
The bus trip lasts 15 hours, The thing is the path road is bad, so there is not the option of a BUS CAMA (3 lines seat) which is ok. They only have SEMI CAMA (because they don't want to damage the good buses) so they use old ones. It is up to you. At least now You know what it is going to be.
Jan 30, 2013 6:21 AM
Jan 30, 2013 12:48 PM
Jan 30, 2013 6:13 PM
12One of the advantages of BoA is the cute little boxes their snacks come in, with scenes from around the country featured on the lid. The planes aren't the most contemporary, but 8,000,000x better than a bus, and the crews always seem very professional. Save your bus misery for destinations with no air service.
And don't forget to check out the snack boxes!
Jan 31, 2013 12:14 PM
Jan 31, 2013 2:28 PM
14Also, regarding the road (which I took after numerous flight cancellations), it is bad but not dangerously positioned on a cliff. From the couple of hours I was awak in, there was jungle either side, so I think survivable more refers to comfort level, not danger level. Don't compare it to the La Paz to Rurre route.
Please correct me if there are parts of this road that are on a cliff, I don't want to give OP bad advice. As I said, I was only awake for a few hours, and that seemed very safe to me.
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