Santa Cruz de la Sierra Travel Guide

  • a typical roadside market outside central downtown
    a typical roadside market outside...
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  • a typical street scene during my Santa Cruz visit
    a typical street scene during my Santa...
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  • Cathedral corner Plaza 24 de Septiembre
    Cathedral corner Plaza 24 de Septiembre
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Santa Cruz de la Sierra Things to Do

  • Much more to do in Santa Cruz

    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.

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  • Visit "La plaza 24 se Septiembre"

    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...

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  • Weird market fest.

    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...

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  • Chess on the Plaza!

    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...

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  • The Lagoon.

    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.

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  • Samaipata

    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...

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  • Plaza 24 de Septiembre and the Catedral

    As mentioned, the city of Santa Cruz has very little attractions. One of the few is the main square plaza 24 de septiembre and the adjacent Cathedral.

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  • Cascades near Santa Cruz

    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.

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  • Road to Samaipata from Santa Cruz (2/2)

    On the road to Samaipata from Santa Cruz, you can admire these wonderful landscapes. It reminds me to Switzerland somehow.

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  • Road to Samaipata from Santa Cruz (1/2)

    On the road to Samaipata from Santa Cruz, you can admire these wonderful landscapes. It reminds me to Switzerland somehow.

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  • Plaza 24 de Septiembre

    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...

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  • Zoo

    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).

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Santa Cruz de la Sierra Hotels

  • House Inn And Suites

    Calle Colon 643, Santa Cruz, Bolivia

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 5 out of 5 stars

Santa Cruz de la Sierra Restaurants

  • Mmmmm Ham n Cheese Toastie

    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,...

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  • Picolo

    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...

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Santa Cruz de la Sierra Nightlife

  • Boulevard Montsenor Rivera

    There are several excellent cafes lining this Boulevard. If you are not in the mood for the crazy Reggeaton style parties on San Martin, Montsenor Rivera is an excellent alternative to sit down enjoy a beer and watch people.

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  • Irish Pub

    It is a little bit for tourists (of which there are few in Santa Cruz), but the Irish Pub is also very well frequented by the local youth. Centrally located on the plaza de 24 de septiembre, it is a good choice for some music, beer and food casual

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  • Avenida San Martin in Equipetrol

    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...

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  • Salsa Dancing Sta Cruz Thurs., Fri. &...

    one of the only 2 salsa spots in Santa Cruz.Dancers of all levels get together to dance., mostly cuban style salsa. There is a tiled dance floor that is sometimes slipery if it was super cleaned.There are salsa lessons now and then casual to anything

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  • Santa Cruz Salsa all night long

    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 clothing

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  • Irish Pub

    An Irish pub in Bolivia??? Yes, why not? Cozy, nice decoration, good music. You can have a drink or even dine.¿Un pub irlandés en Bolivia? Si, ¿por qué no? Acogedor, bien decorado, buena música. Se puede tomar algo o incluso cenar. Casual

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Santa Cruz de la Sierra Transportation

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    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.

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Santa Cruz de la Sierra Shopping

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    by andal13 Updated Jul 25, 2003

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    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.

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Santa Cruz de la Sierra Local Customs

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    by andal13 Updated Jul 25, 2003

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    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!!!

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Santa Cruz de la Sierra Off The Beaten Path

  • Cute little parks

    There are many cute little parks everywhere. Also, there are many statues. They are of crosses, Jesus, dinosaurs, and other things. All the parks have their own uniqueness to them. You must check them out.

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  • The river

    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...

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  • PUBLIC SCHOOL LUIS ANTONIO ANEZC

    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.

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Santa Cruz de la Sierra Favorites

  • Weather in Santa Cruz

    Santa Cruz has a tropical weather, humid and warm but take care with the Sur. It’s a win that comes from Argentina and can change the temperature from 25ºC to 12ºC in one hour.

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  • Qollas and Cambas

    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.

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

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