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You have to visit "La Plaza". It is situated in the middle of the town, it's a pretty garden with a lot of things to do. There's many restaurants and pubs, you can visit the beautiful cathedral ant many other things. You can do some shopping at the "shopping bolivar."There's always people there, it's a clean place with policemen. But you can do what you want. you can have a drink, an ice, an old pic with a very funny old camera, you can dance and sing etc...All what you need can be found there!
A little past the Lagoon you will stumble upon a whole new world, inhabited by market stalls. Its mental!!! They sell everything here I swear! Rows upon rows of stalls with smattering of food vendors and chicken restaurants. We went to a place that outside looked like a shopping centre, but instead of shops inside, there was just more stalls! We had our first siting of the Ye Olde German (I think) immigrants, cant remember the cultures name but the traditional dress certainly stands out. Imagine old world quaint farm dress, but really elaborate.
Needless to say this area left us speechless.
There are marble chess tables situated all around the Plaza 24 Septembre which is so cool! The area is beautiful, clean and safe (Lots of guards nearby). The plaza is a great way to while away an hour or so when the weather is warm, and if youre getting a bit nippy sitting there in the evening there are plenty of guys wheeling around trolleys full of thermos`containing sweet, hot coffee to chase away that chill! I never liked coffee up until now. Oh P.S bring your own chess pieces, most tourist shops sell cheap boards that have a set inside for about a quid.
You can hire a paddle boat on the Lagoon for roughly 80p (8 bs). Its fun but hardwork as the boats have seen better days :) There will usually be people on the shore offering to take your picture with a polaroid if thats your thing.
It is around Santa Cruz is where the more interesting places can be found. The village of Samaipata, 120 kilometres away from Santa Cruz, on the foothills of the Cordillera at 1600 metres is a pleasant little town that is near to the Pre-Inka ruins of El Fuerte. El Fuerte was a ceremonial site, there is not much left of it, but the ruins still merit a visit. The small village of Samaipata is cute and a nice place to relax.
There are also some smaller waterfalls in the vicinity that are worth visiting.
About 50 kms of Santa Cruz, near Samaipata and El Fuerte (you can easily combine the 3 sights for a pleasant day around Santa Cruz), there are 3 nice cascades you can visit. The access is on a private property, and you have to pay 5 Bolivianos to access. It is worth, as the cascades are nice, and the landscape is really nice as well.
In a city where there is no much to see, September 24th square is the center of the city life. You can buy in the market in the center of the square, or just sit and see people wandering, or admire the mixture between european catholic and indigeneous culture influences.
You can not miss it when being in Santa Cruz. Admire also the view ont the Basilica Menor de San Lorenzo church, as seen on the picture.
Santa Cruz de la Sierra has a very important zoo, where you can see South American fauna, in a well-kept environment.
The picture shows a couple of macaws (Ara macao).
Santa Cruz de la Sierra tiene un zoológico muy importante, en donde se puede ver fauna Sudamericana, en un ambiente cuidado. La foto muestra una pareja de guacamayos (Ara macao).
Parque El Arenal has a very interesting Ethnographic Museum, where you can see utilitarian and decorative articles of local ethnias: guarayos, chiquitanos, ayoreos, izoseños and tupi-guaraníes.
El Parque El Arenal tiene un Museo Etnográfico muy interesante, en donde se pueden ver utensilios y adornos de las etnias locales: los guarayos, los chiquitanos, los ayoreos, los izoseños y los tupi-guaraníes.
Parque El Arenal is a nice park situated close to the centre of the city; it has a lagoon and an island.
Parque El Arenal es un muy lindo parque situado en las inmediaciones del centro; tiene una laguna y una isla.
Despite Santa Cruz de la Sierra was founded at 16th century, the Cathedral was built at the end of 19th century, with local funds.
A pesar de que Santa Cruz de la Sierra fue fundada en el siglo XVI, la Catedral fue construida a fines del siglo XIX, con fondos locales.
Santa Cruz de la Sierra is a green city; has many trees everywhere, and Plaza 24 de Septiembre is not an exception. Look carefully to the trees, because you can see sloths among the branches, having a nap!
Santa Cruz de la Sierra es una ciudad verde; tiene árboles por todas partes, i la Plaza 24 de Septiembre no es la excepción. Mira cuidadosamente los árboles, porque puedes ver perezosos entre las ramas, durmiendo su siesta!
Plaza 24 de Septiembre (September 24th Square) is the main square of Santa Cruz. This city was a very important place in the fights for independence; September 24th of 1810 is the date that the revolutionary board was settled, and decided to fight against the Spaniard crown.
There is a monument to Colonel Ignacio Warnes, an Argentinian serviceman who died fighting against realists.
La Plaza 24 de Septiembre es la principal de Santa Cruz. Esta ciudad fue un lugar de mucha importancia en las luchas por la independencia; el 24 de septiembre de 1810 es la fecha en que la junta revolucionaria se estableció y decidió luchar contra la corona española.
En la plaza hay un monumento al Coronel Ignacio Warnes, un militar argentino que murió combatiendo a los realistas.
Buy alasitas is like to play that one day you can have wealth.
High plateau customs that brought the trades long time ago, that represent the cult to EKECO, god of abundance. The prosperity will be give, according to the belief, depending in what the customer buy.
The fair is during 30 days in the San Luis district, between the intersection with the second ring and Roca and Coronado avenue.
The EKECO is a guatoca figure and load with a lot of things, represent one man that a lot of years ago, in a famine period, appeared in the paths that led to Titicaca loaded with food that gave to everybody.
Alasitas, in Aymara language mean “buy me”.