As its un-official capital, Santa Cruz de la Sierra is home to the wealthiest society and most modern facilities in Bolivia. Located in lush green lowlands, the growing city is organized into a series of ‘rings’ centered upon the traditional colonial-style plaza featuring a dazzling wood-ceiling cathedral, art-deco movie theatre and neo-classic government buildings. The surrounding region features lovely national reserves and also is home to a series of beautiful and historical Jesuit churches and missions dating from the 16th century and boasting UNESCO World Heritage status.

Highlights

  • UNESCO World Heritage Site Jesuit Mission
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site Fuerte De Samaipata
  • Arenal Park

 Places to stay

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Casa Patio Boutique Hotel

Hotel Style: Guest house

An absolute insider-secret, the Casa Patio is a gem tucked away on a lovely and peaceful residential street in Santa Cruz.  See Hotel

 Things to do

Visit to Dunes & hills at Santa Cruz

Just a few miles from Santa Cruz a surreal image reveals itself – giant and piled-high sand mountains formed by years of erosion. These bizarre desert-like dunes are reminiscent of the Sahara within a drought-like landscape. Be surprised further as you experience this natural wonder. A private guide and driver will highlight several concealed lagoons of crystal waters where you can take a dip and enjoy some chilling refreshment!

City Tour of Santa Cruz

On this half-day privately guided tour visit the most important highlights of Santa Cruz, such as the Cathedral, the Arenal park, the Casa de la Cultura (House of Culture) and the Ethno-folkloric and Natural History museums, continuing the tour to a place where indigenous producers from the region exhibit their craftwork.

Visit to Samaipata from Santa Cruz

On an impressive full day privately guided tour travel into the green sierras of the Amboró National Park enjoying gorgeous views of the landscapes on your way to experience the most important archaeological site of the Inca in Bolivia: The Fort of Samaipata. Marvel at Samaipata’s impressive architecture and many corridors before culminating by exploring around the local village that showcases typical Bolivian culture.

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