Destination guide: Santa Cruz, Bolivia
Santa Cruz de la Sierra is a city in eastern Bolivia where you can find beautiful scenery, historical monuments, archaeological sites and a large number of displays of art and culture.
Purchase your tickets to Santa Cruz at LAN.com and visit places as interesting as the Main Square, the Tourist Information Center and the Cathedral, Guarani and Folklore museums.
Santa Cruz may surprise you with its small-town feeling, lack of high-rise blocks and a lightly buzzing, relaxed tropical atmosphere. Bolivia’s largest city oozes modernity yet clings stubbornly to tradition. The city center is vibrant and thriving, its narrow streets crowded with suited businessmen at street stalls, whilst taxis jostle with horses and carts for pole position at traffic lights. Locals still lounge on the main square listening to camba (Eastern Lowlands) music, restaurants close for siesta and little stores line the porch-fronted houses selling cheap local products.
This is not the Bolivia that you see in pictures, but this is the place with the largest population diversity in the country – from the overall-wearing Mennonites strolling the streets past local Goth kids, to a Japanese community, Altiplano (High Plateau) immigrants, Cuban doctors, Brazilian immigrants, bearded Russians and fashionable cruceños (Santa Cruz locals) turning sharp corners in their SUVs. The cruceños are well aware of their stock value as the country’s trade and transport center.
It’s worth spending a few days here, wandering the streets, eating at the many international restaurants and checking out the rich kids’ play area, Equipetrol, where nightlife is rife with naughtiness. Alternatively, simply chill out at the town square.
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