A good place to begin a trip to the western part of Bolivia
Ants...... Achey belly.
An unexpected city...
http://www.bolivia-online.net I guess the most detailed online guide about Santa Cruz has tourist information and photos of all touristy sights of the city and the department of Santa Cruz - check it out! There is listings also for restaurants, bars, cinema, volunteer work, and much more.more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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.more
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...more
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).more
Calle Colon 643, Santa Cruz, Bolivia
Good for: Solo
The Pub/ Restaurant situated on the Plaza de 24 Septembre is on the second floor of a shopping centre, its easily spotted though due to a massive sign. Staff are very nice, efficient and the food doesnt take long to arrive. They serve a large variety of alcoholic drinks and have a good selection of meals, including Irish stew, Chile con Carne,...more
Mainly an Icecream place, Picolo also does i wide selection of hot foods such as Empanadas, omelettes, breakfasts and main meals. Food is delicious and the icecream is the nicest Ive ever had, staff are friendly but after going there a few times they seemed to single us out for bad service for some reason as it just got worse and worse. Its all...more
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I was extremely surprised at the super busy nightlife in Santa Cruz. I had no idea!Along the Avenida San Martin in Equipetrol you will find one bar/club after another, music blaring, a constant flow of cars and people. There is not a particular place I can recommend, but if you are into Latin Rock, Reggeaton, or Techno, you will find plenty of...more
This place has salsa clases on Wednesdays , Thursdays and Fridays from 9-10 by ErnestoDancing starts super late. Usually after 1pm.Some thursdays it gets a crowd but definitively Fridays and Saturdays, dancers from Elequa tend to go to Manizeros around 2am casual clothingmore
Santa Cruz de la Sierra has an important international airport (called Viru-Viru); it is the main Bolivian airport. Lloyd Aéreo Boliviano is the national airline, which has national and international flights.
Santa Cruz de la Sierra tiene un aeropuerto internacional importante (llamado Viru-Viru); es el principal aeropuerto de Bolivia. Lloyd Aéreo Boliviano es la aerolínea nacional, que realiza vuelos nacionales e internacionales.
What to buy:
There are several shops where you can find local handicrafts, with a deep native touch, especially pottery, musical instruments, silver stuff, wool clothes, wood carving.
Santa Cruz have important mines, so semiprecious stones, like amethyst, aquamarine, quartz, opal, and many other, can be bought in the city jeweleries.
Hay varios comercios en donde se pueden encontrar artesanías locales, con un profundo toque nativo, especialmente alfarería, instrumentos musicales, objetos de plata, tallas de madera. Santa Cruz tiene minas importantes, por lo que se pueden comprar piedras semipreciosas como amatistas, aguamarinas, cuarzos, ópalos y muchas otras, en las joyerías de la ciudad.
Public phones are really great! They are not inside graceless callboxes, like everywhere; they are inside typical birds!!!!
¡Los teléfonos públicos están buenísimos! No están metidos dentro de cabinas sin gracia, como en todas partes; están dentro de aves típicas!!!
Unfortunately, I dont know the name or where it is, but there is a river in Santa Cruz. When you enter, on both sides there are huts where you can eat, dance, or drink a beer. You can also rent 4 wheelers (about 80 Bolivianos an hour) which comes to less than $10. You can also rent horses. These you can ride through the jungle on. It is a beautiful...more
I thought the big huts that I saw they were abandoned , nothing more far than the reality.The public school Luis Antonio Anezc is one of the schools that the government has in the deprived neighbourhoods where the children study. How I missed my own desk from the school.more
Santa Cruz is a mix of races, Qollas and Cambas or Cruceños.I were taking some pictures from Santa Cruz and a Camba shouted me that it was better to take monument pictures than Qolla people. For the Cambas the Qollas are the lower class. I didn’t take any monument picture from Santa Cruz.more