Santa Cruz On the Road

Santa Cruz, Bolivia
Santa Cruz is located in Bolivia, a tropical paradise filled with lush green forests. It’s usually sunny and warm, and when it rains the kids run out onto the streets to play. There are about 1,400,000 people who live in Santa Cruz. The city is rooted in tradition but has accepted different cultures into it's social make-up, creating an interesting cultural mix. It's architecture is mostly colonial but has added some more recent modern buildings as well.

Check out the museums and churches around town like the main Cathedral, built in the 16th century with religious works. Gold and silver artefacts from the Jesuit missions rest in the cathedral. There's also the Museo de Historia Natural which contains a collection of flora. The Municipal Zoo has birds, mammals, endangered and exotic animals. If you want to see these animals in strange habitats, then go to the Plaza 24 de Septiembre where you can watch sloths hang from the trees. When the heat gets to you, there are a number of places for swimming, walking and just chilling out – try Lomas de Arena de El Palmer which has sand dunes and a fresh water lagoon. It’s only about 10 minutes out of the city. Or, try the Pirai River, a wonderful place to picnic and the Parque Nacional Noel Kempff Mercado, with its waterfalls and rainforest. For a daytrip there's the Inca ruins right outside the town of El Fuerte de Samaipata.

Try local specialities like locro (soup with rice and chicken), picante de pollo (chicken in a hot slasa with rice), Majao (a risotto-type of plate with dried beef) or sopa de mani (cooked peanuts that have been crushed and boiled soup).

People get dressed up to go out, so don't think you can get away with your sports wear. The night starts off with a nice restaurant for lounging and enjoying the cuisine while watching people stroll by. After dinner, people tend to stroll along to walk off dinner and than go dancing around 11 until dawn. Whatever you want it is here for night life! There are bars, clubs, pubs and any thing else you can name.


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