Doppelmayr Seilbahnen GmbH: A cable car journey to El Alto

Doppelmayr Seilbahnen GmbH: A cable car journey to El Alto

José is sitting in the cabin of the red cable car line enjoying the nice view over the city of La Paz, the administrative capital of Bolivia. This city, famous for its location in the Andean mountains, was founded in a canyon surrounded by steep slopes on an elevation of 3600 metres above sea level. The international airport is located in La Paz’ twin city El Alto at an altitude of 4000 metres. These topographical challenges make cable cars so useful for José’s daily journeys. He not only enjoys the extraordinary view from out of a cabin but also the smooth and reliable ride. Travelling up in the sky, represents the next level of mobility which the people of the cities of La Paz and El Alto are using since 2014. The cable car network today consists of 9 lines which connect the most important destinations in both cities. Currently one further cable car line is still under construction and is planned to be in operation in march 2019. The largest cable car network in the world will then extend over 30 kilometres formed by 11 lines.

José’s travel destination on Sundays is the biggest market in El Alto, called “feria 16 de Julio”. Today he wants to buy some electronic spare parts for his kitchen. Since this huge market offers so many different things, he is sure to somewhere find what he needs. José’s attention is now attracted by the different buildings and houses he is flying over and which are so typical for his city. The combination of old colonial buildings with simple, often unfinished red brick houses and modern high-rise constructions give the city its unique and interesting architectural appearance. Many visitors but also residents use the cable car not only as an urban transport mode but also as a way to enjoy and explore the city from above.

Since José has a very busy job, he enjoys to have the time of his daily commute for himself. He either reads the newspaper to relax or he looks out of the window trying to identify green spots and parks where he can go and play with his children. He joins them twice a week to play football. Playing football became a family habit two years ago. The cable car made a big impact on Jose’s life. He saves a lot of time on his journey to work and can spend this time with his family. They are happy to see more of José. Especially the children enjoy the regular football matches with their dad. Compared to commuting before with the cable car he saves 11 days a year – time to be spent with family and friends and improving the quality of life. Long waiting times for the bus, buses stuck in traffic, many interchanges and the exposure to air pollution on the way to work are all things of the past now.

After only 10 minutes on the cable car José arrives at his destination and is ready to look for the things he needs. He smiles and starts walking. Life is so much easier now he thinks. He is grateful for the cable car.

Article by Doppelmayr Seilbahnen GmbH
Photo Credits: Doppelmayr Seilbahnen GmbH (CC)