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Summary: American Airlines Bolivia is based out of the USA and has a great many destinations worldwide. In Bolivia it operates in the International Airport of La Paz and in the Viru Viru International Airport of Santa Cruz.

National Office Contact Information:

Calle Beni/Bolivar
Santa Cruz, Bolivia
Tel: (591-3) 334-1314

See full city contact listing below.

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Airline Information

American Airlines Bolivia. In 1989 the company bought out Eastern Airlines routes to Central and South America, including Bolivia. With most flights to Bolivia originating in Miami, it has since become one of the most reliable airlines to use with very regular flights to Santa Cruz, Cochabamba and La Paz.

There is no self-check in or curb-side check in for American Airlines at airports in Bolivia. When booking your ticket you can choose flights that enter through La Paz and then on to Santa Cruz and Cochabamba, or you can fly on one of American’s flights straight into Santa Cruz (I recommend this if it fits into your time table).

The airport in La Paz is the highest airport in the world and first-time visitors often suffer from altitude sickness upon arrival (shortness of breath, headaches and nausea). It also tends to be very cold. You may have to disembark in La Paz and go through customs prior to re-embarking to continue on to Santa Cruz where you will likely go through customs again before exiting the airport.

To get to Cochabamba you must go through La Paz or Santa Cruz first either way.

Always check with the airline and/or your travel agent prior to your trip concerning issues such as government and baggage restrictions (they differ at various times throughout the year); flight delays (frequent with AA) and cancellations (infrequent with AA, but they do happen); and any special assistance you might need during your flight or upon arrival.

Bolivian airports are small, very basic and limited in terms of the services provided. Only Santa Cruz and La Paz have immigration offices. Always check with your travel agent and the Bolivian embassy or consulate in your country to make sure you have all the proper documentation for your flight to Bolivia.

The following are American Airlines ticket sales centers and ticket counter hours in Bolivia. In addition, in Bolivia you can purchase tickets for flights to Santa Cruz, Cochabamba and La Paz at most Bolivian travel agencies.

From my own experience, American Airlines Bolivia is one of the safest, most reliable, on-time airlines to use when traveling to Bolivia. Flights are rarely, if ever suspended or canceled due to an airline problem. If any are, it is due to special circumstances (usually this involves the Bolivian political situation). I've used American Airlines Bolivia many many times and have never had a problem with lost luggage, and rarely have experienced delays.

Contact Information by City


AA Ticket Sales Center
Calle 25 de Mayo # 381
Esquina Mayor Rocha
Phone: 800 100 229 (Reservations)
Monday - Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

La Paz

AA Ticket Sales Center
El Prado
Avenida 16 de Julio
1440 Edificio Hermann
La Paz, Bolivia
Phone: 591-2-235-1360 (Reservations)
Monday - Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Saturday: CLOSED

AA Ticket Sales Center
San Miguel
Galeria Telleria Local 203
Rene Moreno esq 1295
La Paz, Bolivia
Phone: 591-2-235-1360 (Reservations)
Monday - Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Santa Cruz

AA Ticket Sales Center
Calle Beni 167
Santa Cruz, Bolivia
Phone: 591-3-334-1314 (Reservations)
Monday - Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

La Paz, Bolivia - LPB Airport Ticket Counter Hours:
Monday – Saturday: 4:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Sunday and Holidays: 4:15 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
Santa Cruz, Bolivia – VVI Airport
Ticket Counter Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 1:45 p.m.

Santa Cruz, Bolivia – VVI Airport Ticket Check-in Hours:
Monday and Tuesday: 6:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.
Wednesday – Sunday: 6:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. and 7:50 pm-9:50 pm

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