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Santa Cruz Bolivia Travel Information
"Getting to & around Santa Cruz, Bolivia"
Santa Cruz's international airport is called Viru Viru International Airport (VVI). This is Bolivia's largest, nicest and busiest airport. When leaving on a departing flight out of Santa Cruz to a different destination there is an airport departure tax of $23 for international flights, 15Bs ($2)for domestic flights.
From the U.S. & Canada American Airlines leaves from Miami and they stop in La Paz to drop off/pick up passengers and then to Santa Cruz to drop off/pick up passengers and back to Miami again. Recently they have started offering direct flights from Miami to Santa Cruz. Aerosur now offers direct flights between Miami and Santa Cruz a few times a week.
From the U.K. and Europe. there are no direct flights from the United Kingdom to Bolivia at this time. But there are a couple of options. U.K. travelers can take American Airlines direct flight from London to Miami, and then Miami to Santa Cruz. Another option would be to get on flight from London to Brazil and then Brazil to Bolivia.
There are also direct flights between Spain and Santa Cruz every week, on both Aerosur and other European airlines.
From Australia the easiest way to to get to Bolivia is take Aerolineas Argentinas. They fly from Sydney to Buenos Aires and then onward to Santa Cruz. Another option, but long is take Qantas Airlines from Australia to Los Angeles. Then Los Angeles to Miami and Miami to Santa Cruz.
From South America There are many flights daily between Santa Cruz and other South American countries. Most South American airlines TACA, TAM, LAN, and others serve Viru Viru International airport as well Bolivia's airlines Aerosur and Lloyd Aéreo Bolivia. Gol airlines out of Brazil just recently added flights to Santa Cruz, and Aerolinea Argentina out of Buenos Aires has good deals to Santa Cruz. There are also flights from Peru to Bolivia.
From the airport, you can take a taxi or minibus into the city or make arrangements with your hotel to send a taxi for you. Browse for hotels in Santa Cruz. The rate for a taxi into central Santa Cruz is 50Bs ($6). Minibuses depart every 20 minutes and run most of the day. Minibus costs about 8Bs ($1) and passengers are dropped off at the bus terminal in the city.
Buses from La Paz usually arrive in the morning. The 18 hour journey costs $15 (120Bs). Buses from Cochabamba take about 10 hours and cost $10 (80Bs). Buses from Sucre take 15 hours and cost $10 (80Bs). The Santa Cruz bus terminal on Avenida Cañoto and Avenida Irala is a chaotic scene. The bus station is crowded with hundreds of people at all hours of the day, and there is no central information office, so you have to figure out on your own where your bus is leaving from. Also, not all the buses leave from the main terminal. Many buses depart from offices across the street from the terminal.
Getting Around - Transportation
Santa Cruz is a circular city, the city's street layout consists of 9 "rings" or "anillos" that wrap around and form the main roads of the city. The first ring circles the city center and you'll reach other rings the farther you move out of the city center. Click Here for a Map of Santa Cruz.
Within the city center, around Plaza 14 de Septiembre, is easily covered on foot. This is where most of the banks, shops, eateries, money exchange places, and some main tourist attractions are located.By Taxi
Generally taxis cost about 10 bs. to go across 2 or 3 rings. From Viru Viru into the city it will cost around 50 bs. Tourist should look for a Radio Movil Taxi. They are the safest and most reliable taxi company.
Two of the best are Radio Movil El Toucan (3-333-3222) and Radio Movil Vallegrande (3-352-6162). Two taxi cab drivers who speak pretty good English are Carlos Boral (7-004-5666) and Omar Miranda (7-009-3250).
Micros or mini-buses are the most common form of transportation for local Bolivians and are usually packed with locals during rush hours.
Micros usually rotate around one of the rings or have routes within a certain neighborhood and make frequent stops along the way or when they are flagged down. Currently, micros cost 1.50 bs
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