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How to Get to La Paz city
Bolivia is landlocked by the Andes Mountain Range and due its particular geographic characteristics entry to Bolivia can be by air or land.
La Paz city is the political capital of Bolivia and considered the highest capital in the world. To get to La Paz city you have to travel by air or land.
El Alto International Airport (IATA: LPB): El Alto is the main gate to Bolivia, considered the world's highest international airport; at 13,313 feet/4,058 meters above sea level. It is almost half as high as a jetliner's cruising altitude and takeoffs take a bit longer due to the thin air.
Most South American airlines (TAM, LAN, TACA, etc.) serve El Alto Airport as well local airlines like BOA, TAM Militar, Amaszonas and Aerocon, all with domestic connections. Most international flights will make a stopover in Santa Cruzand Cochabamba to pick up or drop off passengers.
If you are in the USA
There are flights Miami - La Paz from American Airlines. AVIANCA, United Airlines, TACA, and LAN offer flights from Washington to La Paz as well.
If you are in Southamerica
You can find several airlines flying to Bolivia from more than a few southamerican countries: from Chile, LAN from Peru TACA, from Argentina Aerolineas Argentinas, TAM Mercosur from Sao Paulo, Brazil and Buenos Aires by Asuncion(Paraguay). Copa Airlines from Colombia, Gol from Brazil also make stops at El Alto International Airport.
If you are in Europe
Regular flights from Madrid (Barajas) to El Alto International Airport in La Paz are available from Aerolineas Argentinas. There are also less frequent flights to La Paz city from other European cities like London, Rome, Amsterdam and Berlin, all of them with stopovers in other cities to finally arrive in La Paz city.
The main bus terminal in La Paz city is located on Av. Ismael Montes, near the upper end of the Prado. Note that buses arriving from Lake Titicaca (the route for entering overland from Puno, Peru) terminate in a plaza near the City Cemetery farther to the west.
Buses leaving La Paz usually stop in El Alto to pick up more passengers. It sometimes takes almost an hour until you really leave the city.
- Seven or eight hours by bus from Cochabamba
- Three hours by bus from Oruro
There are also several bus options to reach La Paz city from Buenos Aires, Salta, Jujuy or La Quiaca in Argentina.
To reach La Paz city from Peru, there are daily buses that travel by Juliaca and Puno to Copacabana to finally arrive to La Paz city.
If you are going to start a journey by car from your country to La Paz Bolivia please consider that approximately 5% of the roads are paved, 4x4 cars are required.
To drive a car in Bolivia you will require an international driver's license to show in the several toll booths situated on the roads to charge you a fee for the road use.
Laguna Chiarkhota - Pico Austria
We will pick you up from your hotel at around 7.00 am. After a 2 hour drive through El Alto and the Altiplano (bolivian high plains), you will see the beautiful Andean landscape and mountain ranges. You will arrive at a place called La Rinconada (4500 meters above sea level) and prepare for the trek to Chiarkhota lagoon. You will be surrounded by stunning mountains and amazing landscapes. The path turns northwards and heads through llama pastures towards the Condoriri range. The trek is easy and you will gradually climb higher. You will arrive at Laguna Chiarkhota (4650 meters above sea level) where you will rest and have lunch surrounded by snowcapped peaks. You will stay here for about an hour.
After lunch, you will start climbing up to the Paso Austria (Austria pass). This is the only high pass on the trek at 5150 meters above sea level. This walk takes around 2.5 hours from Chiarkhota lagoon. Next, you will start trekking on the trail up to Pico Austria (Austria peak), which climbs steadily, winding at first until you reach a ridge that goes up to the summit (5270 meters above sea level). The views from the top are towards the Condoriri Range and in clear weather you can see as far as the Huayna Potosi and Lake Titicaca. If you can not climb to the peak, you can stop at Paso Austria and enjoy the view from there. It takes about 30 minutes from Paso Austria to get to the peak.
After resting a bit, you will start descending and will pass by the Chiarkkhota lagoon, this time on the other side. You will arrive back in La Paz at around 18.00 to 19.00, depending on the traffic.
The tour includes:
- Pickup from your hotel
- Transportation from La Paz to Condoriri and back to La Paz
- Box Lunch
- English speaking tour guide
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