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As spring and summer sun melts the snow in the Northern Hemisphere, savvy skiers pack up and travel south to the great ski centers in South America where the ski season begins in
Though by no means the best place to look for skiing in the Andes there are some skiing areas in
Despite being a beautiful and vast country,
Chacaltaya is Bolivias one and only ski resort and it is located in Cordillera Real. While it is open year round, the ski lift only operates in the rainy season, with the ski season starting as early as
Entry into Bolivia by air is through La Pazs El Alto International Airport, which sits at nearly 13,000 feet above sea level and is one of the world’s highest airports. Large planes cannot land here because of the high altitude and direct flights from worldwide destinations to La Paz are limited. Many international arrivals must go via another city. You can also get to Bolivia by bus from Peru, Argentina and Brazil, although this usually involves at least one change.
Travel inside the country between major cities is best done by air as the roads are unforgiving and although cheap, buses here can be inconvenient and uncomfortable. Driving here can also be very difficult as potholes and rough tracks are common and tourist facilities are lacking.
If you’re travelling here, we recommend that you take a good guidebook. We like the layout and content of the Lonely Planet book. It provides an excellent mix of travel information and practical advice. Click below to purchase. You won’t regret buying it!