Top 10 Things to do in Santa Cruz, Bolivia

January 9, 2018 Trinity Boughner

Discover the best top things to do in Santa Cruz, Bolivia including Biocentro Guembe Mariposario, Iglesias de la Chiquitania, Plaza 24 de Septiembre, Catedral de Santa Cruz, Samaipata/Santa Cruz Road, Ventura mall, Jardin de las Delicias, Amboro National Park, Parque Lomas de Arena, Jardin Botanico Santa Cruz.
Restaurants in Santa Cruz

1. Biocentro Guembe Mariposario

Km. 5 Camino a Porongo | Zona Del Urubo, Santa Cruz, Bolivia +591 3370070
Excellent
62%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 930 reviews

Biocentro Guembe Mariposario

Reviewed By LucyLu_Texas - Houston, Texas

Can see all of in it under 2 hours, or spend the day at the many pools & fun activities like mini-golf. This place is probably packed on nice weekend. My favorite was the Bird enclosure, which is full of friendly, photographic parrots. May is wrong time for most butterflies (January is best) but the butterfly enclosure & hatchery are both interesting. Pricey at 140 Bolivianos (about $20 US) for admission.

2. Iglesias de la Chiquitania

Iglesis de la Chiquitaia en Santa Cruz, Bolivia, Santa Cruz, Bolivia +591 72064997
Excellent
69%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 129 reviews

Iglesias de la Chiquitania

Reviewed By Rod P - Santa Cruz, Bolivia

We have visited three of the main five churches on the Jesuit trail, (Concepcion, San Ignacio and San Javier). Although these churches are central to the communities they serve (typically on one side of the Plaza Principal) they seem to rarely be open during the day. If you wish to see inside the churches (an it is well worth it) then it is better to stay in the Pueblo for the night. There are generally reasonable hotels in all of the Jesuit Trail Pueblos but do be careful if you are travelling during a festival time (for example Concepcion holds an Orchid Festival in October and there are also Baroque Music Festivals throughout the year).

3. Plaza 24 de Septiembre

Santa Cruz, Bolivia
Excellent
43%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 834 reviews

Plaza 24 de Septiembre

Reviewed By Hawaiian555 - Honolulu, Hawaii

Plaza 24 de Septiembre is a very nice square with lots of trees and benches. It is filled with lots of locals: families, couples, friends. It's a good spot to people watch. As any public location, beware of your belongings and surroundings. The church dominates the plaza and it's beautiful. Restaurants and shops are nearby to enjoy before or after spending time here.

4. Catedral de Santa Cruz

Ayacucho and 24 de Septiembre, Santa Cruz, Bolivia +591 78056488
Excellent
45%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 851 reviews

Catedral de Santa Cruz

Reviewed By LucyLu_Texas - Houston, Texas

Local landmark, but nothing especially noteworthy about the exterior or interior. If you are in the centro, it's definitely worth a walk-around.

5. Samaipata/Santa Cruz Road

Santa Cruz, Bolivia +591 78056488
Excellent
46%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
5%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 292 reviews

Samaipata/Santa Cruz Road

Reviewed By roamer70 - Don Lorenzo

The "highway" from Santa Cruz to Samaipata takes you from the flat of the Lowlands through the narrow, winding and steeply enclined river valley that leads to Samaipata and the ancient El Fuerte. The road is rarely in good condition and is frequently under repair due to the many land slides the region is prone to. But the steep mountain inclines, the tumbling river that clogs the narrow valley?gorge, the picturesque villages clinging to steep mountain sides are well worth the occasional difficulty. And Samaipata's historic quality and beauty are well worth and difficulties encountered on the road.

6. Ventura mall

Av. San Martin Esq. 4 Anillo, Santa Cruz, Bolivia +591 3 3432121
Excellent
39%
Good
44%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 326 reviews

Ventura mall

Reviewed By Sarracenia - Norman, Oklahoma

This looked like a US mall. Many shops with the usual assortment of fashionable clothes and uncomfortable but "cute" shoes. A camping store was novel. The supermarket Tia was a bit expensive but clean and convenient. The best thing about this mall was the very extensive food court with some very interesting options such as Brasaargent (excellent grilled meats with generous side orders included) and the Crepe shop. All very reasonably priced and quite good. Good size movie theater also there. Taxis were lined up outside so no problem getting back to your hotel.

7. Jardin de las Delicias

El Torno | 30km north of El Torno, Santa Cruz, Bolivia +591 76670868
Excellent
71%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 53 reviews

Jardin de las Delicias

Reviewed By Erin M - Madrid, Spain

Awesome day spent off roading, hiking, creature watching, and lounging by and splashing around in an absolutely beautiful waterfall. Nick and Caroline picked us up at the hotel, were full of cool local and ecological fun facts, and provided navigation (and lunch!) through the beautiful Jardin de las Delicias. Would highly recommend this to anyone visiting Santa Cruz! Thanks, Nick and Caroline!

8. Amboro National Park

Santa Cruz, Bolivia, Cochabamba, Bolivia +591 72133991
Excellent
65%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 41 reviews

Amboro National Park

It is a nature reserve composed of living beings that live in harmony in this reserve called Amboro National Park

Reviewed By Der D

We did as jungle tour to Amboro park with Amboro tours.
We really enjoyed ourselves.
Our guide was brilliant and was very patient with our limited Spanish.
The food was fantastic, and the walks were great.
Due to over poaching in the park the quantity of wildlife is a bit sparce compared to say the pampas tours.
The camping equipment could really do with being updated.
We found the tour company great, very accommodating.

9. Parque Lomas de Arena

Al sur del Aeropuerto El Trompillo, Santa Cruz, Bolivia
Excellent
46%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 121 reviews

Parque Lomas de Arena

Reviewed By Deuche - Auckland, New Zealand

We visited here during a visit to Santa Cruz in late September. The landscapes in the park are certainly spectacular but the surrounding area is full of encroaching poor quality housing and small commercial enterprises - bordering on squatter slums. Nevertheless, it's worth coming to see the sand dunes and other interesting areas.

10. Jardin Botanico Santa Cruz

Km 8 Carretera a Cotoca, Santa Cruz, Bolivia +591 3 3623101
Excellent
36%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 127 reviews

Jardin Botanico Santa Cruz

Reviewed By Olga_Lin - Moscow

I wanted to see sloths in the botanical garden but I wasn't lucky enogh. Anyway I liked the garden, it's more like a forest, I saw birds and monkeys. Though some paths were flodded but I crossed streams and muddy places barefoot. I just went about 2 km into the park and then mosquitos forced me to leave the place.

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