Hostels in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia

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Get to know Santa Cruz de la Sierra (no more "I wish I knew this before")

This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Santa Cruz de la Sierra. To help you make friends with Santa Cruz de la Sierra before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!

Guess what? Santa Cruz de la Sierra is also named and spelled Santa Cruz - It is the same destination. Goodbye confusion.

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 from your hostel, 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.

Written by local enthusiast for Santa Cruz de la Sierra hostels

Written by local enthusiast for Santa Cruz de la Sierra hostels Angelica Burrage

FAQ about Santa Cruz de la Sierra Hostels

There are plenty of frequently asked questions about hostels in Santa Cruz de la Sierra. We've collected the most common questions and doubts when it comes to picking your preferred accommodation in Santa Cruz de la Sierra. The more you know, the better you can plan with confidence and ease, right?

Hostelz.com shows all 13 Hostels in Santa Cruz de la Sierra. Simply filter by neighborhood and price to find your perfect budget place to stay.
Coco Jamboo Hostel is the best hostel in Santa Cruz de la Sierra for families.
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Traveler Backpacker Hostel is the best rated hostel for partying in Santa Cruz de la Sierra.

It offers: Bar.

Your Packing List for Santa Cruz de la Sierra

Your Packing List for Santa Cruz de la Sierra

Pack smart, not hard

Hostel? Check! Now let's have at your hostel packing list for Santa Cruz de la Sierra and Bolivia.

You may wonder what to pack when staying in hostels? There is a few absolute basics you always have to pick. Other items are more optional and depend more on your location. Here is the must-packing items when staying in hostels:

These are the basics, yet there is more. We wrote a big, detailed guide on what to pack, tech gear and things you won't need.

Get your full Packing List here

Santa Cruz de la Sierra Hostel Cheatsheet

Above we list every single hostel there is in the city. Let us take a broader look at what you can expect - and what not. We created this cheatsheet for you to get a more complete picture of the hostel quality in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
13 Total number of hostels
$10 Average dorm price
$10 Cheapest hostel in Santa Cruz de la Sierra
Nomad Hostel is the cheapest
8 Party hostels in Santa Cruz de la Sierra
Traveler Backpacker Hostel is the best rated
Most Santa Cruz de la Sierra hostels are located in
Barrio Los Choferes
5.2 Average rating of all hostels

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Travel Tips for Santa Cruz de la Sierra - from the Community

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