Getting Here and Around
Taxis are the quickest alternative for getting to and from the airport. The current going rate for the 30- to 45-minute journey is around (Bs)50–use a taxi from the rank and you won’t be overcharged. Minibuses also service the airport. The cost is approximately (Bs)3.8, but it’s rather a rough introduction to La Paz.
Within the city, taxis and trufis (shared-route taxis), identifiable from the destination sign lodged in the windshield, are cheap and plentiful and can be found lining up in the cemetery district. Expect to pay less than (Bs)3 for most trips within the city center. Terminal de Buses (the main terminal) is just north of La Paz at Plaza Antofagasta on Avenida Uruguay and offers transportation to areas south and east of the city. Newer radio taxis, identified by the illuminated sign on the roof, are the safest option for tourists. Rates are fixed at (Bs)8 to (Bs)35, depending on the length of your journey. Cheaper are micros, 12-seat minivans that travel roughly the same bus routes. They’re quicker and more comfortable, especially if you get the front seat. Listen carefully before you board, as destinations are shouted out the window as the vehicles roll through the city. Better yet, ask a local to help you locate the right one. Both trufis and micros do regular routes and stop at request if hailed down.
Because La Paz is so compact, visiting the city’s main sights would seem easy; however, add time if you’re walking or climbing the hills and taking frequent breaks to assuage the effects of the altitude. You’ll need a couple of days for a thorough exploration, but don’t worry about getting lost–if you do, just go down the hill and you’ll reach the main avenue eventually.