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Why Fly to La Paz?
Bolivia's capital La Paz is located 3660m above sea level and surrounded by mountainous terrain, including the triple-peak mountains of Illimani. Known as one of the highest cities in the world, the so-called City that Touches the Sky's surrounding terrain is snow-capped throughout the year. West of La Paz is the Sajama Volcano of the Andes, the highest volcano in Bolivia. The culture of the Quechua Indians dominate La Paz, making it South America's most Indian-influenced city.
Flying to La Paz from the UK
You can fly to La Paz from many major airports across the UK including London Heathrow, City, and Stansted airports, and from Manchester, Edinburgh, and Newcastle. There are no direct flights, and most journeys will involve at least one stopover, taking anything from 23-35 hours. If you are prepared to take a longer flight that has more than one stopover, or to take a 'red eye' flight, then you will pay considerably less for your flight.
Popular Flight Routes to La Paz
Which Airlines Fly to La Paz?
There are no direct flights to La Paz, however indirect flights can be easily obtained from a number of airlines, including Aerosur, TAM, Virgin Atlantic, and American Airlines. Flights depart from London Heathrow and Gatwick, as well as Manchester, Liverpool, and Bristol. The flights tend to have at least one, and more often two stopovers, with flights landing in Orlando International and Miami International. Stopovers average only a few hours, and occasionally as little as under an hour.
Mini Travel Guide to La Paz
The Sopocachi neighborhood is La Paz‘s little slice of renaissance bohemia, with embassies, international restaurants, and the best nightlife in the city. Sopocachi is about a half hour walk from El Prado, the main thoroughfare right in the middle of the city’s centre. La Paz’s Center is home to the Plaza Murillo, containing the Presidential palace, and the colonial-style Calle Jaen street. The Center is a historic area with dozens of museums and excellent restaurants. Below the city centre, Zona Sur is one of the wealthiest areas of La Paz, with expensive restaurants. Calle Sagarnaga boasts the Witches’ Market, where odd culinary ingredients are sold daily. Miraflores offers a respite from the crowded city center.
Public transportation in La Paz is generally cheap. Half-sized buses called micros are the least expensive option, and follow set routes. Trufis are similarly priced standard cars that also follow specific routes. Booking a low cost flight and taking public transportation to a cheap hotel will doubtless save travellers a considerable sum.
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