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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
"…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
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
"…If you are just coming back from an exhausting tour through Bolivias beautiful nature, our garden is the perfect place to relax and recharge your batteries. With our free Wi-Fi you will also be able
Santa Cruz Backpacker's Hostel
"… to the Amboró Park, archaeological ruins of Samaipata and routes of the Che. Offers rooms decorated in bright colors, equipped with air-conditioning, comfortable beds, cabinets, towels, bed linen and a free WiFi connection. It also has a satellite tv room, a computer with internet access, shared kitchen, breakfast included, hammocks, gardens of rest and reading. Santa Cruz Backpacker's Hostel Policies and Conditions. Check in...
La Jara Hostel
"As we are young travellers also we understand our customers and do our best to provide the best service we can. We also offer free WiFi." …"please note: If you are taking a taxi from the international airport (Viru Viru), the fare should cost younot more than 60-70 Bolivianos. If you are coming from the Bus/Train Station (Terminal Bimodal), the taxi fare will only be Bs 15, just make sure to tell the taxi driver to take you to (la calle...
"…General: No curfew. Child friendly. Non smoking. Reception available 24 hours" …"…Price by car (not by person): Bs 60,-. From the Bus/Train Terminal: take a taxi inside the terminal compoun
Hostal Los Aventureros Samaipata
"…We have designed huge tents and fabricated them in our own workshop; they are furnished like rooms with beds, electricity and TV. Hostal Los Aventureros Samaipata is located in Samaipata. Samaipa
Hostel Santa Cruz - HI Hostel Safari Lodge
"… 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 the LINVING SAVANNAH Sanctuary is managed by the Foundation AFASI which runs a rescue center for wild animals next to SAFARI...
"… pets are allowed without charge - free parking Our hostel is interesting also for those travellers, who are exploring Southamerica on their own motorcycles. The huge garage has more than enough space and by chance the hostel is surrounded by dealers and repairshops of the most important motorcycle brand names like Triumph, Kawasaki, Suzuki, Honda and Ducati. Please note : Cancellation policy: 48h before arrival. In case of a late...
Hostel & Sleep-in Los Aventureros
"… River trekking, Bird watching and Relax-paddling on tropical lakes are part of the program. Our unique offer are expeditions to the Tropical Rain Forest, in Kayaks and Canoes, without noise our contamination by engines. In Concepción, a village 280 Km outside Santa Cruz, you may relax, watch birds or just enjoy the tropical nature in our cottage at the tropical lake Zapoco. Please note : Cancellation policy: 48h before arrival. In case...
"Very excellent location." …"…2 bedrooms + DOUBLE simple with shared bathroom 1 bedroom with shared bathroom TRIPLE 1 double bedroom + single with private bath 6 bedrooms with shared bathroom DOUBL
Hostal Balneario Porongo
"…Payment accepted on arrival : only cash Check-in time: 14:00 h Check-out time: 12:00 h Breakfast included. Taxes included." …"…To reach Porongo have to go to market in La Ramada between 1st
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. Please...
"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 an
"…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 amazing history... the first paved roads, the economic growth of t
Hotel LP Santa Cruz
"…Our nice Suites have a big Jacuzzi for a complete relaxing stay during your visit. Not the cheapest, but definitely the best in Santa Cruz. If you don’t want to stay in a dingy old saggy, unsafe mat
"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
La Siesta Hotel
"…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 beaut
Amboro Eco Resort
"To our visitors, we open doors and hearts wide a hotel infrastructure suitable to please a knowledgeable clientele and real world demands. Our rustic atmosphere, but of genuine taste, makes guests fe
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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