Santa Cruz de la Sierra is also popularly known as ‘Santa Cruz’ and is one of the most popular cities in Bolivia. No worldwide top tourist destination list is complete without Santa Cruz’s name on it. Situated near the popular Pirai River, Santa Cruz is home to more than 70% of population of the Santa Cruz department and it holds a niche place in the list of world’s fastest growing cities.
This city was founded by a Spanish explorer around 1950s and it was not until post World War II that the famous town of Santa Cruz de la Sierra got the nickname Santa Cruz and the much needed publicity. Since then, this city has literally exploded and with it’s streets busy with bustling activity, most tourists prefer to use a safe car hire service to enjoy the monuments and night life of Santa Cruz.
If you are an adventurer at heart then you must visit the Cascades near Santa Cruz which are a collection of 3 cascades and although most of the space is private property you would just need 5 Bolivianos to access it. Since the cascades are far off from the mainland you would be better off with a car hire.
If you are a fan of art and cultural heritage than Santa Cruz de la Sierra will not disappoint you as you visit the La plaza 24 se Septiembre. This is a picturesque garden located in the centre of the town and has a beautiful cathedral inside. There are many varieties of rare flowers to wonder at, along with a souvenir shop that will pleasantly surprise you with its creative gift ideas.
A few tourists leave Santa Cruz without taking a car hire and riding to Samaipata which is a village at a distance of about 120 km from the city. This village has a lot of old ruins and although time has spoiled some of them beyond recognition the remains are still fascinating. There are also a few waterfalls in the area to enjoy.
Overall Santa Cruz is a fascinating city to visit and would offer you an immersive experience that you would never forget. You may need about 5 days to visit all the noteworthy spots and using a car hire would cut down the travel time leaving you with some relaxing space. The locals are very humble and hospitable and some of the archeologically significant spots in the city seem to live at a fairy tale pace.