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About El Paso

El Paso straddles the Rio Grande, near the US-Mexican border, and is affectionately referred to as ‘Sun City’. Boasting a population of over 680,000 people, El Paso is the sixth-largest city in the state of Texas. With its panoramic views, beautiful parks and prominent heritage, attractions like Fort Bliss and Franklin Mountains State Park invite tourists year-round.

Get ready to explore the city’s multicultural heritage and incredible cuisine with cheap flights to El Paso! The city is served by El Paso International Airport (ELP), a 15-minute drive from the city centre. The airport serves a multitude of airlines, including United Airlines, American Airlines and Delta Air Lines. Popular connecting flights to El Paso depart from Cape Town and Johannesburg. Flight duration from Johannesburg is approximately 23 hours.

Why visit El Paso

heritage

Heritage

The city is home to many historic sites and monuments, paying tribute to battles lost and won. Discover relics of the past with so many interesting museums and sites to explore.

local cuisine

Local Cuisine

Bite into authentic Texan cuisine, with local favourites like fajitas, chili con carne and pecan pralines – best washed down with refreshing sweet tea or Texan beer.

nature and parks

Nature and Parks

Explore the rugged landscapes of the Franklin Mountains State Park, where an abundance of nature trails and adventure sports await. A walk through the carefully cultivated Chihuahuan Desert Gardens is a special treat.

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Country United States of America
Currency US Dollar ($)
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR = 0.07 USD
Language English/ Spanish
Hub Airport El Paso International Airport (ELP)
Airline American Airlines
Time Zone GMT – 07:00
Travel Adaptor Type A / B

Best time to visit El Paso

El Paso experiences a desert climate, where the landscape is typically made up of cactus brush and desert plains. Summers (June-August) are hot and languid, but comfortable enough to walk around. The El Paso Downtown Street Festival in June is not to be missed – a celebration of the best local music acts. For slightly cooler temperatures, visit in spring (March-May) or autumn (September-November) when hiking conditions are the most favourable and you can catch the oldest Hispanic festival in the Southwest – Fiesta de las Flores. Winters (December-February) are not a favourable time to visit. Although you’ll most likely find the best hotel deals, weather can be unpredictable and harsh, with snowfall likely to occur.

Weather & Climate in El Paso

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall (mm) per month

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low °C -1°C 1°C 4°C 9°C 13°C 18°C 20°C 19°C 16°C 10°C 3°C -1°C
High °C 14°C 18°C 21°C 27°C 31°C 36°C 36°C 35°C 31°C 27°C 20°C 15°C
Rainfall (mm) 10 11 8 5 6 16 41 41 34 20 10 15

Overview

Panoramic views, beautiful state parks with windows on history and heritage, and the sun-drenched desert are what characterize this Southwestern border city.

Celebrating over 300 years of rich Pueblo history and tradition, the Tigua Indian Cultural Center is a must-see. Explore Texas’ multicultural heritage along the Mission Trail, where you’ll see the three Spanish missions of Ysleta, Socorrio and San Elizario, built between 1681 and 1777. A walk through central and downtown El Paso reveals some of the city’s most beautiful and historic landmarks, including the El Paso Museum of Art. The Territorial style Magoffin Home is a work of art, built for one of El Paso’s revered families in 1875. The Chimizal National Monument is also worth a visit, along with Fort Bliss and Old Ironsides Museum, featuring exhibits from the Civil War.

Nature-lovers can explore the vast landscapes and parks throughout the area. The Franklin Mountains State Park is the largest urban park in the USA, and can be viewed on foot or from the Wyler Aerial Tramway, revealing jaw-dropping views of the scenery and wildlife. Hike or picnic in McKelligon Canyon, home to cacti, yucca and agave.

For some evening entertainment, stop by the Plaza Theatre; the chic restaurants in West Central district offer up fusions of Spanish classics with flavours of the Southwest.

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Visa & Customs

A United States Tourist Visa is required for South Africans travelling anywhere within the United States. You’ll need to ensure that your SA passport is valid for at least 6 months from the date of your return and that there are at least 2 pages free for stamps. Visa processing can take a few months, so leave plenty of time and ensure you have all the required documents.

For further information, see the Embassy website

The U.S. Embassy and Consulates are located in Pretoria, Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban.

Health & Safety

El Paso is considered to be one of the safest cities in North America with low rates of violent crime. Practise the usual safety precautions as you would in any city, especially at night. Be forewarned that it is not advisable to cross the border into Mexico, as El Paso’s neighbouring city of Juarez has a notorious reputation for violent crime and drug cartels. The rainy season brings flash flooding and mosquitoes. A good insect repellent will protect you against pesky mosquitoes. The intense summer heat can take its toll, so always stay well-hydrated and wear a strong sunscreen to avoid heatstroke and sunburn.

It is always recommended to take out travel insurance, in the event of unforeseeable theft and medical expenses.

Cost of Living

ITEM CAPE TOWN JOHANNESBURG EL PASO
Meal, inexpensive restaurant R 90 R 100 R 129
Domestic beer (0.5 litre draught) R 22 R 20 R 39
Cappuccino R 19 R 20 R 47
Taxi 1km (normal tariff) R 10 R 12 R 13
Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro) R 35 R 35 R 80
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