About La Paz

The City of La Paz was founded by Captain Alonso de Mendoza in 1548, as a center of Spanish power during the European Colonization in the Andes. Later in 1809, Pedro Domingo Murillo led a group of rebels who rose up obtaining the release of La Paz from the Spanish Empire.
La Paz is the Bolivian Seat of Government although Sucre is the Capital of this country. La Paz extends between mountains, next to the City of El Alto and the High Andean Plateau (Altiplano), at over 3500m above sea level. This city is a beautiful place that is home to around 835,000 people. A big variety of handicrafts is available at little markets in the downtown area, very close to many museums and the Basilica of San Francisco. Next to this is the city center in which cultural heritage buildings from the 16th century are combined with new constructions, creating a very enjoyable scenery.


Viru-Viru (VVI) is the main international airport in Santa Cruz de la Sierra and is located 25 minutes away from downtown Santa Cruz. Flight arrival and departure information is available at the airport website. Transportation options include taxis with an average fare of 12-15 USD or buses to downtown for a fare of under 2USD.


BCDE has negotiated special rates with the following hotesl:

Hotel Los Tajibos
(★ ★ ★ ★ ★).
Hotel Cortez
(★ ★ ★ ★).
Hamptons Inn Equipetrol
(★ ★ ★ ★)

Check here for
special rates.

Venue Details

The campus of UPSA is located about 15 minutes from Hotel Cortez (see map). Special buses will take participants from the hotels to the conferences venue will be available. Routes and schedule will be announced soon.