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10 Reasons to Visit Santa Cruz, Bolivia

Thinking about visiting Bolivia? Don’t miss Santa Cruz when you visit. Here’s a few reasons to visit Santa Cruiz, Bolivia:

Santa Cruz is the Gateway to Adventure in Bolivia

If you are visiting the City of Santa Cruz then you are just a few hours away from some of the world`s best attractions, some of these places include the Amazon and Cloud Forests of the Amboro National Park, The world’s most pristine Chaco Forests of Kaa Iya National Park which is one the best place to see Jaguars, The Andean Town of Samaipata which is the base for a huge array of trips , Jesuit Missions , Sand-boarding in Lomas de Arena , Sports fishing monster Golden Dorado  in the spectacular River Grande and much much more …

The Climate is Perfect in Santa Cruz:

Unlike La Paz where you have day upon day of miserable weather and altitude problems, Santa Cruz is blessed with warm tropical weather year round which makes visiting this city a pleasure.

The People are Awesome

Known as Cambas, the people from Santa Cruz are some of the most welcoming in South America, You have more chance of being invited by locals here to a family BBQ than anywhere in the country. If you worried about the language barrier don`t worry, a large percentage of locals here have learnt English as a 2nd language which makes a big difference while trying to communicate. For male travellers this might be of particular interest as Santa Cruz is home to the majority of Bolivia`s Miss World contestants too.

The Food is Fantastic

Santa Cruz is Cattle Country which means for steak lovers this is paradise, The Beef here easily rivals Argentina and Brazil and currently is half the price as well. This city is becoming a truly international City and local as well as international restaurants are everywhere.  You can find anything here from tasty street food to 5 star international standard cuisine.

So Many Sloths!

The iconic Bolivian sloth is found just minutes from the city centre and they can be seen crawling freely in the Jardin Botanico, Zoo and Urban Neighbourhoods. Their never ending smiling faces and slow awkward movements light up the day for anyone who sees them. There is even a tour designed specifically for tourists to see them in the wild.

The Best Carnival Celebration in Bolivia

Ranked in the top 5 Carnivals in the world the Carnival of Santa Cruz is not to be missed and a must on any party revelers bucket list.

Lomas de Arena is Super Cool

Photo: Nick’s Adventures Bolivi

Just 25 km from the City Centre is a truly spectacular Natural Desert which covers just under 14000 hectares, this beautiful desert is surrounded by tropical forests and colorful lagoons which supports a huge variety of native wildlife. The dunes are excellent for Sand Boarding which is one of the most popular tours in Bolivia.

Santa Cruz Has Lively Nightlife

There is something about the tropical weather that seems to make people go crazy and the nightlife in Santa Cruz is infamous for its wild nights, whether you prefer live rock music, pulsing fancy nightclubs of the rich and famous or singing the night away at a local karaoke bar then Santa Cruz is the place for you.

Biocentro Guembe Eco Resort

Photo: Biocentro Guembe

This world class Eco Resort is something that has to be seen to be believed, covering over 24 hectares this beautifully presented resort has over 15 huge swimming pools, artificial waterfalls, lagoons, world’s largest butterfly house, giant walk-through aviary of rescued birds, natural forests teeming with native wildlife and much more.

Unbelievable Experiences with Wildlife

There are not many places in the world where you can drive 5 minutes from the city centre and see monkeys, sloths and toucans or drive just a few hours from the capital and have the chance to observe jaguars, spectacled bears, macaws, mountain lions, tapirs and much more roaming freely in their natural environments. Santa Cruz is a nature lovers paradise

This article was originally published by Nicks Adventures Bolivia. It is reposted here with permission.