Santa Cruz Travel Guide

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Santa Cruz Things to Do

  • Things to do around Santa Cruz -...

    About 100 km from Santa Cruz is a town called Buenavista. You can easily take a taxi run from the old bus terminal in the street of Isos or a bus from the Av. Banzer and third anillo.Buenavista makes a great weekend break. The nature allows coffee plantation tours, trekking and horse riding. You can also visit the National Amboro Park and enjoy the...

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  • zoo

    go to the city zoo is very close to the dwontwon, is ok to see animal and natural life but it need more conservation and more food for the animal

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  • walk in the city

    you can walk for the historical center, go to the church, the museum, the square, the minicipality, etc

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  • Ecological Park Yvaga Guazu

    If you are staying some days in Santa Cruz, a visit to the ecological park Yvaga Guazu might be nice. It is just outside of the city and it is a great place to get to know about the plants and trees which you will later find on your trip to Amboró National Park (which you will surely be making, departing from Santa Cruz!). At Yvaga Guazu you´ll...

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  • Do not miss the Jardin...

    I'm not at all a fan of zoos, probably because I've been spoiled and seen many natural habitats where the zoo animals come from. However, the Jardin Zoologico provides an environment similar to the resident?s natural habitat and given the poverty of the country, they have done a fantastic job. All animals and bird life are South American, and...

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  • The big cat

    After waiting for about 3 hrs, this jaguar and his family finally came out to play. They had been holed up in their cave, out of the hot sun, and then came out for a refreshing swim. The young ones didn't get wet, but just played and jumped around like kids do. It was all very interesting and well worth hanging around for.

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Santa Cruz Restaurants

  • fast and occidental food

    the famous sandwiches in the world, is the international fast food sandwiches of jam, cheese and tomate

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  • Cheap and delicious!

    Cheap, light, delicious! U have to go there to taste the food in this arabian-egyptian restaurant. At friday i saw the Alf leyla wa leyla Show of bellydancing (1001 nights) , espectacular! U have to see it. What the bellydancer!!! BeefstrogonoffFeijoadaChancho (pork)

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  • Breakfast in the market - Petit-dej au...

    Unbelievable breakfast : for only 4.5 bolivianos (about 0.7 USD) you will eat a huge fruit salad with any milked juice you want, a great coffee and a nice empanada...Incroyable petit-dej : pour seulement 4.5 bolivianos (environ 0.7 USD) vous mangerez une enorme salade de fruit baignant dans un jus lacte de votre choix, un cafe et un bon empanada...

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Santa Cruz Nightlife

  • Best drinks in town, in a very nice...

    Very nice to sit and just watch who goes by. Located in the famous boulevard "Monseñor Rivero".As much as I like all the drinks they serve, I love the food. I recommend first "Calamares fritos" and afterwards "Picaña". Casual, but well dressed!!! Don't forget they say the most beautiful women in south america are in Santa Cruz.

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  • Santa Cruz is the capital of...

    Santa Cruz is the capital of fun! Check out all the choices of clubs, bar, restaurants and pubs with live music along Avenida San Martin in trendy Equipetrol. If you are in the coffee mood check out the Cafes along Avenida Monseñor Rivero, sit outside and enjoy the ambiance. Santa Cruz has neverending events, fashion shows, fairs, carnivals, its...

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  • One exclusively gay disco is...

    One exclusively gay disco is Music Disco. Very young crowd, music is good, it is still alot of fun. Cover charge is 15Bs and includes a drink. Open Friday and Saturday nights only. Nothing in particular. Some guys dress up, some wear jeans.

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Santa Cruz Transportation

  • Santa Cruz is Bolivia’s main...

    Santa Cruz is Bolivia’s main transportation hub. You can fly in and out of Santa Cruz directly from Miami, Mexico, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Panama, Caracas, Bogota, Lima, Cuzco, Asuncion, Montevideo, Manaos, Cordoba, Jujuy, Salta, Arica, Santiago and La Paz. By train from Argentina and Brazil. In the city, while in the Centro you...

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  • Bus companies: Bolivar offers...

    Bus companies: Bolivar offers a good ride, but bus windows do not close completely making for a drafty ride at night. Also, they promise they will make stops for food, etc. but they do not always make the stops they promise.

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  • From the USA you can fly to...

    From the USA you can fly to Santa Cruz with either American Airlines, Continental and LAB Bolivian Airlines, there are 4 daily flight between Santa Cruz and Miami and 4 flights a week between Santa Cruz and Houston.From neighboring countries (Peru, Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Chile), there are direct fights from all major cities of the...

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Santa Cruz Local Customs

  • Cruceño Traditions Day

    celebrates the traditions of this tropical region on the last Sunday of August with a festival featuring traditional games and typical "cruceño" food, dances and music. Most interesting, however, is why "cambas" began to celebrate this day. Thus the customs of Santa Cruz were rescued from oblivion and saved from being replaced by other foreign...

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  • Visit the local markets...

    Visit the local markets specially “Las Siete Calles”, “Los Pozos” y “Mercado Nuevo”. They are all in “El Centro” and are relatively save. “La Ramada” is probably the largest market and is quite a culture shock for any body from abroad. He you have to be a little more careful, it is just outside “El Centro” and close to the bus station.

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  • Check out the German-speaking...

    Check out the German-speaking Mennonite communities in the countryside around Santa Cruz. There are more than 60,000 Mennonites living in this region. Originally from Central Europe, Mennonites came to Santa Cruz from Canada, the USA, Mexico, Russia, Belize and Paraguay.

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Santa Cruz Warnings and Dangers

  • In Cochabamba beware of a fake...

    In Cochabamba beware of a fake policeman searching you for drugs and false dollar bills. He leaves the small bills in the wallet and takes away the big ones.In Santa Cruz take care of unknown people who share drinks with you, mixing them with tranquilizers and rob your money. In the outskirts armed robbery also takes place quite often, but not in...

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  • Carry you passport at all...

    Carry you passport at all time, Bolivian policemen sometimes harass tourists so they can get some bribe. Make sure to keep your documents in a very save place at all times and make copies of it before going to Bolivia.

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Santa Cruz Tourist Traps

  • international buses

    I already i had bought the return toward Argentina, in a shipping company that is not known, but was but lit cheaper and this in the same one estation, half an hour before leaving, they tell me q the bus themselves breack and that not go out. they returned me the money, but I had q to run toward the other windows asking that to sell a passage, the...

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  • On the occasions when we have...

    On the occasions when we have visited these areas, we never felt as though we were being taken advantage of and it continues to be my opinion that this is something you allow to happen and one ought not to later cry over spilt milk.

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Santa Cruz What to Pack

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    The night life is fun here, take nice close to go out, most guys will do just fine with khakis, a nice shirt and shoes (not snikers). During the day something fresh, it is subtropical and it can get pretty hot. If you go to the rain forest, make sure to take boots of track shoes and wear repelent.

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    Bring some waterproof package, in Santa Cruz it often rains at the least expected moment. While in the city wear either sandals or walking shoes. In the countryside wear hiking boots. If you go to the Rain Forest bring with you plenty of mosquito repellent and make sure you have your yellow fever vaccine. An antidote against snake poison. All of...

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    Whatever you would ordinarily use in the way of luggage. We always pack one or two completely empty over the shoulder carry on bags for those extra things that you pick up along the way. They come in very handy and don't take up too much space. The usual advice, gain some knowledge of what you will be doing and select the kinds of shoes, hiking...

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Santa Cruz Off The Beaten Path

  • visit Museum of Art & History

    The Regional History Museum (Museo de Historial Regional) in Santa Cruz, Bolivia houses archeological pieces uncovered during the excavation of the Bolivia-Brazil pipeline in the late 1990's. It also contains a library and document archive dating as far back as 1600. "Regional" refers to the Department of Santa Cruz. Monday to Friday 8:00 to 12:00...

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  • Espejillos is a small resort...

    Espejillos is a small resort and campsite 20 minutes west of Santa Cruz crossing the Piraí River. This is a little paradise in the middle of the rainforest. Check out more pictures of Espejillos in my travelogues!

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  • Typical Santa Cruz country...

    Typical Santa Cruz country houses are call 'Pahuichi' and you can find them in while traveling in the country side by the rural roads, to see this you have to get out of the paved roads.

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Santa Cruz Sports & Outdoors

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    by ines2003 Written Jan 13, 2013

    Equipment: The Parque Urbano, or "urban park" is one of the largest green leisure areas in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. "Parque urbano" literally means city park; however, there are many city parks.

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Santa Cruz Favorites

  • Santa Cruz downtown “El...

    Santa Cruz downtown “El Centro” has preserved its colonial taste. The Plaza in the middle of El Centro is surrounded by well preserved building of colonial stile.In the Centro you should visit the Cathedral and the museum inside of it (Museo Catedralicio), “Casa de la Cultura”, “Museo de Cera”, “Iglesia de San Francisco” one of Santa Cruz oldest...

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  • Aside from El Centro, Santa...

    Aside from El Centro, Santa Cruz is a modern city with a lot of green everywhere.One of the cool places to go outside of the Centro is the area around Avenida Monseñor Rivero between the Cristo monument and the palace of justice (building in the picture). On this boulevard there are plenty of cafes, restaurants and ice-cream shops (even a...

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  • The colonial part of downtown...

    The colonial part of downtown Santa Cruz viewed from the north. The lagoon in the picture is the artificial lagoon of a city park called Arenal where you can rent boats and buy crafts made by artisans.

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