El Trompillo Airport is an airport that serves Santa Cruz, Bolivia. It only has local flights to approximately eight destinations throughout Bolivia with the flights operated by airlines such as Aerocon and Transporte Aéreo Militar.
What to see & do
Santa Cruz, Bolivia is home to Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Noel Kempff Mercado National Park, Amboro National Park, Samaipata, Kaa-Iya del Gran Chaco National Park and Integrated Management Natural Area, among others. Throughout all of Bolivia however, some of the noteworthy stops include Salar de Uyuni, Tiwanaku, Valle de la Luna, Plaza Murillo, The Witches’ Market, Laguna Verde, Illimani, Laguna Colorada, San Pedro Prison, Cristo de la Concordia, and more.
Kaa-Iya del Gran Chaco National Park and Integrated Management Natural Area is the largest national park in all of Bolivia and is also among the largest in all of in South America. As a protected area within Gran Chaco, it covers an area of around 34,400 square kilometres and was established in 1995 to serve as home to around 880 species of approximately 350 species of animals, and more than 880 species of plants.
Bolivia’s the Witches’ Market, commonly referred to as the El Mercado de las Brujas, and La Hechicería, is run by local witch doctors and has various merchandise for sale such as potions, dried frogs, medicinal plants, in addition to other items used in Bolivian rituals. The witch doctors, or ‘yatiri’, can be identified easily due to their black hats and coco pouches with amulets, talismans, and powders for luck, fertility, and beauty, among others.
Salar de Uyuni, or Salar de Tunupa, is considered the largest salt flat in the world, with an area of around 10,600 square kilometres or approximately 4,100 square miles. The Salar has been formed due to transformations between several prehistoric lakes. With a couple metres thick of salt crust covering the lake, it serves as the major transport route when getting through Bolivian Altiplano, and also has 50 to 70% of the world’s lithium. The Salar has also been a known spot for photographers due to its unique composition and landscape formations.
Tiwanaku is a pre-Columbian archaeological site within western Bolivia. Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000, the site was first recorded by Spanish conquistador Pedro Cieza de León in the late 1540s. Tiwanaku features the Stairs of Kalasasaya, Temple of Kalasasaya, and the Gate of the Sun.
How to get around within Santa Cruz
Going within Santa Cruz, Bolivia, can be done via micros and shared taxis, among others. The micros are the only public transportation that goes around the city, with micros 17 and 18, 72 and 73 that go around the first ring and second ring, respectively. Towards the centre from Parque Urbano, however, it is best to take Micro 69 or 100. In addition, when within Santa Cruz, it is recommended to pick up a map of all the available bus routes in the area from ‘librerias’ or the bookstores downtown. Other than the micros, another option for moving around is through the shares taxis called ‘trufis’. These rides are faster than the micros and are also more comfortable. The trufis are identifiable via their signs on the roof.
How to get there
The airport only flies to destinations such as Potosi, Puerto Suarez, Sucre, Tarija, Trinidad, Yacuiba, Cochabamba, and La Paz, through airlines such as Aerocon and Transporte Aéreo Militar.
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