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About Santa Cruz de la Sierra
Santa Cruz de la Sierra, commonly called Santa Cruz, is the most populous city located at the heart of the second-most populous place in Bolivia, and is also considered as the most economically prosperous city in the country and one of the fastest-growing cities in the world today.
Founded by a Spanish explorer named Ñuflo de Chavez in the sixteenth century, this city was moved several times throughout its history, until it was final established in the late sixteenth century at the Pirai River. In its early years, this city is merely a small outpost town, with little attention from the authorities of the country and the general population, until the end of World War II, when there was a comprehensive reform in agrarian and land systems that commenced the city’s fast surge to prosperity. Today, this city makes up around 35% of the entire country’s gross domestic product and gets around 40% of all foreign investments in Bolivia. This easily made the city the most important center for business in the country.
Unlike La Paz (Bolivia’s administrative capital city) and other major cities across the country situated high in the Andes, Santa Cruz lies at just over four hundred meters altitude with a distinctly tropical climate.
There are a lot of great excursions guests can book at the city of Santa Cruz, such as trekking in Park Amboro and Noel Kempff, Jesuit Mission’s cultural excursions, or riverboat trip in the Amazon region. For soccer fans out there, this city can be a haven, as it is the home of the most famous soccer academy in the world today -- Academia de Futbol Tahuichi Aguilera, an institution that trains young players to become professional players in the future.
The Yvaga Guazú nature park houses different plants and animals. The Pirai River on the other hand, means so much for the locals, as people gather in the riverbanks to cool off, have a picnic, and socialize. Near the Cabañas Río Piraí are stores and stalls that offer food typical to the area.
There are a lot of mid-range and budget-friendly hotels and hostels in Santa Cruz. Many budget hotels in particular are close to the bus terminals, making it easy to explore the city. Budget hotels range from brand new hotels to standard rooms, all promising to offer laid-back and relaxed places for backpackers and travelers to stay. For mid-range budgets on the other hand, has some three-star and four-star hotels that take pride in superb hospitality.
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HI - Santa Cruz - Hotel Copacabana Hostel
"… dynamics, the beauty in nature and the famous night life of this rapidly growing agglomeration in the sub-tropical lowlands. The hospitality of the people makes Santa Cruz de la Sierra a very attractive site of Bolivia. Visitors are amazed by its exotic flora, wild fauna and cultural heritage. HI-Hotel Copacabana has a long history of excellent accommodation. Well maintained; it offers close to 100 beds, all with private...
Jodanga Backpackers Hostel
Barrio Los Choferes
"Jodanga Backpackers Hostel is a beautiful hostel, large and nicely decorated -- the management do lay down a number of rules but these are reasonably designed to maintain the high standards of this accommodation and are not too restrictive. The Location It is possible to walk from the bus/train station, but you will need to obtain a map to find your way and it will take you around twenty minutes. Alternatively, it is easy to take a taxi...
Loro Loco Hostel
"… buffet next morning will give you the energy you need for a fresh start into the new day. If you are planning to visit the city, our friendly bilingual staff (English, Spanish) will be glad to help giving you some information. If you just want to relax, you will love our garden with the beach area. Should you be planning to visit any of the places surrounding the city, we are happy to store you luggage for a couple of days while...
Hostel Santa Cruz - HI Hostel Safari Lodge
"… (next to the SAFARI LODGE) gives you the possibility to natural lovers to enjoy a very interesting place to watch the secrets of a combination of Amazonian and Chiquitania jungle, with lagoons, rivers, and very a unique landscape full of erosion. A big quantity of different birds can be seen, reptiles can be watched and you not only hear the monkeys nearby, you can lock for them. Big animals are often seen nearby. The wildlife of...
"Very excellent location." … "… care. Residential Ikandire has 14 rooms, all within its colonial architecture and infrastructure, offering alternatives as rooms with private bath and rooms with shared bathroom. All rooms have ceiling fans and air conditioning, television, complimentary breakfast, wireless internet, fax, telephone, hot water. 1 double bedroom with private bath 2 bedrooms + DOUBLE simple with shared...
Hostal Balneario Porongo
"… has double and single rooms with or without private bathroom, air conditioning and television. It has a library of selected films. In the social area is our pools for adults and children, volleyball court, a bar with terrace, barbecues, recreational areas, garage. We are here to serve lunch, dinner, snacks, our variety of drinks, and good music! Also, for more facilities, the owner speaks German and English. Don't lose the...
La Guardia Bed & Breakfast
"… is a big, airy house out in the country near mountains. Palm trees for hammocks and fresh, cool air. This is the perfect place for relaxing. Close by you will find possibility for hiking, river, local Bolivian markets. Get a good view of South American culture and life. I can provide attended tours, local restaurants, German beer garden. shopping, BBQ, picnics, cable tv, internet. Santa Cruz is a modern, safe city....
"Our Services:Rooms with private facilitiesCable TVAccess to ADSL Internet 768 kbpsAir ConditioningLaundryRoom Service from 8:00 to 23:00Buffet BreakfastLiving with TVRoom MeetingWe organize events and tourist activitiesWe have 31 rooms distribute in our two story building, we have 70 places available.We provide with singles, doubles, twins and triple rooms. Modern bathrooms with comfortable beds, special design and feature.Every room has...
"… person. In an effort to ensure security, it is our policy to only rent by the room, not by the bed. There are a total of 33 rooms in the hotel. Most of them have been newly renovated. We'll be happy to help you with questions on Santa Cruz, places to visit, and maybe even a little bit of history. The hotel is owned and ran by my grandma, Consuelo Parada, who is a native of Santa Cruz and will can take you through 7 decades of...
Hotel LP Santa Cruz
"… one! Our restaurant is comfortably furnished with minimalist decor; it seats up to 60 guests and is open every day of the week. The restaurant provides the perfect venue for a quiet Buffet breakfast on the first Close to the Hotel you will find a great mix of top class restaurants, fast food venues, street vendors and markets. We are just 2 blocks from Plaza Blacutt where you can find a supermarket, pharmacy, laundry, more...
"The California Hotel is ideally located 100 meters from the commercial center Santa Cruz offers free Wi-Fi and a continental breakfast. All rooms at the California Hotel have private bathrooms, air conditioning, a seating area, minibar, cable TV and balcony. Room service is available. The 24-hour reception, ironing, laundry and dry cleaning. The property also features a business center and car rental service. The hotel is 15 km from Viru...
La Siesta Hotel
"… of the Amazonas region and it is located in the tropical low lands of the east side of the country. The hospitality of the people and its natural enchants make Santa Cruz one of the most attractive cities of Bolivia. The visitor is amazed by its exotic flora, wild fauna and cultural heritage. In Santa Cruz, Bolivia, La Siesta Hotel offers a modern three star service with a new hotel concept and the most beautiful and tropical...
Amboro Eco Resort
"… bar (in the middle of the pool), horseback riding, tennis and volleyball courts, a soccer field, great restaurant and nice large cabin-style rooms. The rooms meet the comfort standards of any fine country hotel. The suites have been decorated with light colors contrasting the green of the outside gardens and the tree branches that provide shade to the galleries. Each room is connected to the technology and communication of a...
Santa Cruz de la Sierra Travel Tips & Suggestions
Santa Cruz is a great city!
— David Deftlesen
Do not use Ruta Verde for expeditions. They charge four times what hotels would charge.
— Davis Richter
It's a wonderful place with such a spiritual feel. I also will return one day.
— Michael Wojticki
Samaipata is underestimated, with such a variety of landscapes and a great climate. We're German and were impressed by the local services, an amazing place to stay, and quite some good restaurants like Latina Café and La Chakana, as well as local stuff. We loved hiking in Amboró park and above Cuevas waterfalls. Other areas like the jungle and sandstone mountains were not accessible due to heavy rains.
Smaipata is a beautiful and special place with good food (Try Cafe Latino....especially the chicken curry). There is a new tourism project that we loved called Bella Vista. Half jungle and half high mountains.
— Tweety Brd
I cannot keep Samaipata out of my mind. It's a unique, very spiritual place, and I will return there one day, maybe to live. I was down assisting my daughter with some scientific work she was doing in the desert near Pampagrande; we took a long "take a shower and eat good food" weekend. A very special place.
— Jim Edwards
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