This city, which corresponds to the capital of the
region with the same name, is characterized by its tropical
climate, due to the fact that it occupies an extensive area of
flat land in eastern Bolivia, between the rainforests of the Amazon
and the highlands of Chaco. The rain is not abundant, but during
the summer the hot weather can last for several days. The area
is home to what is considered the best airport in the country,
since it is located at an altitude of only 417 meters (1,370ft),
making Santa Cruz the main doorway into Bolivia. Covering an area
of 320,000 Km 2 (79,000acres) of which only a third is mountainous,
the rest extends to the Amazon plains, with some 1,364,389
inhabitants. (Census 1992)
Santa Cruz of the Sierra was founded in 1561, by the Spanish Capitan
Ñuflo de Chavez and from that time period what is considered the
older area of the city has been preserved with a landscape now modified
by modern buildings and the heavy traffic that is the result of the
economic development the city has faced in recent years.
Located in the eastern region of Bolivia, bordered to the
north by the Benin district and Brazil, to the south with the
Chusquiza district and Paraguay, to the east with Brazil and
to the west with the Benin, Cochabamba, and Chusquiza
When to go
Cabañas del Piraí, town of Samaipata, pre Incan
ruins of El Fuerte, Catedral Metropolitana, Museo Catedrático
de Arte Sacro, El Arenal, Santuario de Cotoca.
How to get there
You can arrive by plane from the main cities of La Paz and
Sucre to the Viru-Viru International Airport (15 km/9 mi north
of the center of Santa Cruz). By land, Santa Cruz connects to
other main areas of the country by highway.
Hiking, navigation, photography, cultural tours, following the
footsteps of Che Guevara from Vallegrande to La Higuera
Accommodation, trails, transportation.
Dunas de Palmar (Palmar Dunes), Cotoca, Puerto Pailas, Montero, Okinawa, Yapacaní,
Buena Vista, Amboró National Park.