Fly To El Paso, Texas
In a state where “everything’s bigger”, El Paso is the sixth largest city in Texas. El Paso straddles the Rio Grande River near the US/Mexican border and is lovingly referred to as ‘Sun City’. Panoramic views, big open sky, beautiful state parks with windows on history and heritage, and the sun drenched desert are what characterize this South Western border city.
Outdoor adventurists will find that El Paso and its characteristic warm weather offer a wealth of fun and excitement – cycling, hiking, mountain climbing and golfing are just some of the activities to be enjoyed. Franklin Mountains State Park and Hueco Tanks State Park and Historic Site are two recommended venues for adrenaline adventures.
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Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South African Passport holders travelling to El Paso, Texas do require a Visa for the United States. Leave plenty of time for Visa processing, and make sure your passport is valid for 6 months after your return date, and that you have 2 blank pages available for entry stamps.
- The South African Embassy is in Washington DC. 3051 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington DC, 20008. Phone: +1 202 232 4400. Website: saembassy.org.
See and do
The Wyler Aerial Tramway is a top feature at the Franklin Mountains State Park. This aerial cable car is situated on more than 195 000 acres of rugged mountain and rock formations, and guarantees jaw-dropping views of the area where visitors can marvel at the abundant wildlife; including reptiles, birds and insects.
El Paso’s regional conservation centre – El Paso Zoo, is a family friendly venue that provides hours of fun and entertainment. The 35 acre zoo includes a 6-acre "Africa" section. The zoo features rare examples of critically endangered animals such as the Amur leopard which can be seen in only 36 zoos around the world.
The Hueco Tanks State Historic Site is an attraction for visitors looking for thrilling rock climbing, pictograph tours of cultural sites, excellent bird watching opportunities and star gazing on clear nights.
Celebrating over 300 years of rich Pueblo history and tradition, the Tigua Indian Cultural Center is a must see for all visitors. At the museum visitors can view ancient artefacts and demonstrations, as well as learn about the Native American tribes of the area.
El Paso International Airport – ELP
El Paso International Airport (code ELP) is the gateway to West Texas, Southern New Mexico and Northern Mexico. The airport is a public airport and is located just 6km from the El Paso city centre.
Public transport to and from the airport is provided by Sun Metro bus #33 and #50.
Food and beverage: Carlos & Mickey's Mexican Restaurant, Burger King, Starbucks, Red Mango, Pizza Hut, Quizno's, The 12th Fairway / Mesa Street Express, Home Team Sports.
Currency Exchange: Travelex at El Paso Airport.
Lost Luggage: Lost hold luggage should be handled by your individual airline’s help desk. Report items lost or found within the airport terminal to the El Paso International Airport authorities on 915 780 4717.
Airport Hotels: There is no hotel on site. Hotels nearby the airport include Chase Suite Hotel, Guesthouse Suites, Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham, Marriott El Paso, Micotel Inn & Suites, Radisson, Wyndham Hotels and Resorts.
Car Hire: Advantage, Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National, Thrifty.