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Getting around by air

There are direct services to most major South American cities, and the flights to/from Chile and Peru are the cheapest. Santa Cruz is an increasingly popular entry point from European hubs. Due to altitude-related costs, it is more expensive to fly into La Paz than Santa Cruz. High season for most fares is from early June to late August, and from mid-December to mid-February.

Airports & Airlines

Bolivia’s principal international airports are La Paz’s El Alto International Airport, formerly known as John F Kennedy Memorial, Santa Cruz’s Viru-Viru International Airport and Cochabamba's Jorge Wilstermann International Airport.

The national airline is the state-owned Boliviana de Aviación, which has international flights to Madrid, Barcelona and Miami.

Aerolíneas Argentinas Daily flights from Santa Cruz to Buenos Aires.

Amaszonas Flights to Asunción, Buenos Aires, Cuzco, Iquique and Montevideo.

American Airlines Daily flights from Santa Cruz to Miami.

Avianca Flights from La Paz to Bogotá and Lima.

Copa Flights from Santa Cruz to Panama, with onward connections.

Gol Flights from Santa Cruz to Rio de Janeiro and other destinations.

Departure Tax

Departure tax is included in the ticket price for international and domestic flights from La Paz El Alto, Santa Cruz and Cochabamba airports. Other airports charge a small fee of varying amounts.

US Stopovers

Some fares include a stopover in the USA. Note if you're traveling through New York (JFK) or Miami you must pass through American immigration procedures, even if you aren't visiting the USA. That means you’ll either need to have a US visa or be eligible for the Visa Waiver Program, which is open to Australians, New Zealanders and most Western Europeans, unless you’re traveling on a nonaccredited airline (which includes most Latin American airlines).