What to do and see in Santa Cruz Department, Santa Cruz Department: The Best Things to do Good for Kids

May 3, 2022 Tambra Mccollister

Discover the best top things to do in Santa Cruz Department, Bolivia including Nick's Adventures Bolivia, Fuerte de Samaipata, Catedral de Santa Cruz, Plaza 24 de Septiembre, Guembe, Manjar de Oro, Centro Ecologico Cuevas, Samaipata, Refugio Zoologico, Jardin Botanico Santa Cruz.
Restaurants in Santa Cruz Department

1. Nick's Adventures Bolivia

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5.0 based on 347 reviews

Nick's Adventures Bolivia

We offer high quality tours specializing in nature and wildlife. We work in the majority of Bolivia's National Parks and protected areas as well as visits to cultural attractions. Nicks Adventures Bolivia also caters to custom made tour packages which include Uyuni Salt Flats, Lake Titicaca , Madidi National Park and much more.

2. Fuerte de Samaipata

Samaipata Bolivia http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/883
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4.5 based on 419 reviews

Fuerte de Samaipata

The archaeological site contains walls from ancient Inca dwellings.

Reviewed By roamer70

We try to get to Samaipata at least once or twice a year. This year was special though. Our oldest son together with our oldest grandson (our oldest grandchild for that matter) was in Santa Cruz for a visit. So, accompanied by the queen (wife/mother/grandmother) we took the three hour trip up the narrow winding road that leads from Santa Cruz to Samaipata, a small, thriving town famed for El Fuerte, a religious site dating back more than two thousand years. Located on one of the higher hills in the area, this ancient religious site can be reached by an even more winding, steeply climbing road (paved all the way I should add) that puts your car and the driver to a bit of a test. But El Fuerte is well worth the trip. The site apparently was established by the Chane around the second century BC and much later occupied by the Incas followed by the Guarani and Spanish. There is a well-marked route through the site that features the main ceremonial site, and housing and building foundations from all the major eras. Over these past years, the whole site has been expanded and protected and there are excellent viewing ramps/platforms wherever required. There knowledgeable guides available to accompany you through the site and provide additional information. Associated with El Fuerte is the Museo Arqueologico, small but exceedingly well presented that should not be missed. It is located very conveniently near the main plaza.

3. Catedral de Santa Cruz

Ayacucho and 24 de Septiembre, Santa Cruz Bolivia +591 78056488 http://www.santacruz.gob.bo/sczturistica/andresibanez_municipio_santacruz_atractivos/contenido/689/30000000
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4.5 based on 964 reviews

Catedral de Santa Cruz

4. Plaza 24 de Septiembre

Santa Cruz Bolivia
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4.5 based on 985 reviews

Plaza 24 de Septiembre

5. Guembe

Km. 5 Camino a Porongo Zona Urubo, Santa Cruz Bolivia (+591 3) 3 700 700 [email protected] http://guembe.bo/
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4.5 based on 1,050 reviews

Guembe

GUEMBE is a must visit in Santa Cruz de la Sierra Bolivia, come and experience a natural paradise of more than 24 hectares, surrounded by exotic plants, lush forests and exotic animals typical of the region. GUEMBE is place where you will find a beautiful variety of flora and fauna, natural areas, ecological trails, lagoons, 19 swimming pools and recreational activities for all ages. GUEMBE is 15 minutes from wherever you are staying in Santa Cruz and it has the specific natural areas such as the largest enclosed butterfly area, the largest aviary in the country and second in LatAm, kayacking, waterfalls, great gastronomy, incredible service and a peace and calm that you will experience only here. The park is almos endless and there is one spot where you will be able to breathe the purest air right in the heart of lating america. Don't forget to visit the top of the aviary the view and the purity of the clean and natural air have no comparison to anything in the world.

Reviewed By anniik8 - Prague, Czech Republic

We planned to spend 2 days in the Guembe resort but at the end we prolonged to three days and skipped the Samaipata. This was our end of 3 weeks travelling around Bolivia and we wanted to rest before flying home. Why we loved the place: 1. interaction with animals. We were so close to parrots (all kinds, but we loved the huuge Aras), monkeys and butterflies like nowhere else. 2. butterflies. This all started with butterflies and they do great tours where they explain how the butterfly is born and how long they live.. and the species that have are amazing / butterfly bigger than my hand.. 3. pools. There are so many places to rest near water.. two main pools and several smaller ones plus natural ponds where we rented a kayak. 4. many activities for everyone> animals, mini golf, beer garden, a spot for kids to play 5. morning/evening walks. we stayed overnight and had the park and animals for ourselves. They open at 9:30 and close around 6pm. Ther service is nice, food okay, espresso small and strong enough :).

6. Manjar de Oro

Av. Las Americas 440, Santa Cruz 00000 Bolivia +591 3 3335338 [email protected] http://www.manjardeoro.com
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4.5 based on 67 reviews

Manjar de Oro

Manjar de Oro are the most famous artisan chocolates in Bolivia. They are really exotic and delicious.

7. Centro Ecologico Cuevas

Carretera Antigua a Cochabamba KM 100, Samaipata Bolivia [email protected] http://www.centroecologicocuevas.com/
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4.5 based on 88 reviews

Centro Ecologico Cuevas

The property at Cuevas is an ecotourist destination nestled in a valley between majestic sandstone hills. It features three waterfalls which change according to the seasons. There are two cabins which are available for rent and a large open field with space for camping.

Reviewed By 42justenem

Beautiful spot!! A must see. Quick and easy hike on a well kept path. There’s parking across the road. The red sand at the base of the falls gives the water an amber glow and is shallow enough to walk in.

8. Samaipata

Santa Cruz Bolivia
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4.0 based on 362 reviews

Samaipata

Reviewed By a-Rose-l-and

3 hours by bus from Santa Cruz to Samaipata on a bad road. We did not have time but we would have visited the Inca archeological ruins el fuerte, Cuevo and Amboro national parkt and wo wineries that can be visited. Also, visit the Samaipata Fort.

9. Refugio Zoologico

De Samaipata 2km carretera de San Juan del Rosario, Samaipata CF381UG Bolivia +591 3 9446169 [email protected] http://elrefugiozoo.blogspot.com/
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4.0 based on 86 reviews

Refugio Zoologico

Located only 2km from Samaipata, Zoologico El Refugio is an animal refuge created in 2002 in order to offer rescued animals a better life. Passionate about animals and nature, Manu, the charming owner, welcomes and gives homes to animals that were brutalized, needed to be cared for or just simply needed a family. At the refuge, you will meet wild and domestic animals: monkeys, parrots, birds of prey, as well as coatis, ocelots, agoutis and dogs... Animal lovers will be won over! For the horse riders, you also have opportunity to hack on wonderful paths in the lush green valley. Families will be pleased by the children's installations and play area. If you wish to be immersed in this unique environment, you can also stay overnight in a fully equipped and charming room, the ideal place to stay close to animals from sunrise to sunset. For the budget travelers, you can put your tent up in our camping area. So what are you waiting for ?? Come and meet Chita, Madidi, Pipo, Yoyo , Spirit... And all the other animals of the refuge that await for your visit. If you wish to volunteer or support our project, please do not hesitate to contact us.

10. Jardin Botanico Santa Cruz

Km 8 Carretera a Cotoca, Santa Cruz Bolivia +591 3 3623101 [email protected] http://www.gmsantacruz.gob.bo/Botanico/
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4.0 based on 165 reviews

Jardin Botanico Santa Cruz

Reviewed By Julionator - Vancouver, Canada

Jardin Botanico Santa Cruz Yesterday we visited the Botanical Garden, with the high hopes of catching a glimpse of a hero of mine - a Sloth! Unfortunately, the sneaky guy was nowhere to be found. Mind you, this park is 217 hectares of lush forest and trails. We only spent about 3 hours there and even though we sprayed ourselves twice (with citronella) the mosquitos were relentless. My fiancee was their victim, as she got quite a few bites. We did see plenty of birds and fishes, an alligator and a few turtles in the lagoon. Another turtle was roaming the park like a maniac and almost got me This place is definitely worth a visit if you're in town

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