Santa Cruz & Amboro

Santa Cruz is the largest city in Bolivia’s eastern El Oriente region.

Modern and economically prosperous, Santa Cruz is laid out in anillos (concentric rings), making it relatively easy to navigate.

At Santa Cruz’s center, the shaded Plaza 24 de Septiembre attracts strolling couples and ice cream lovers alike.

This city’s cathedral dates to 1845, currently housing a museum of sacred art.

david tower from the railway

Santa Cruz is also the gateway to Amboro National Park.

Located at the junction of Andean, Amazonian and Chacoan ecosystems, Amboro protects over 1,700 square miles of vital habitat.

Marquee species include:

  • Jaguars
  • Giant Anteaters
  • Macaws
  • Spectacled Bears

Samaipata, a bustling town located 75 miles southwest of Santa Cruz, represents another gateway destination.

Here, the draw is a nearby pre-Inca site known as El Fuerte.

Golden sand dune in Lomas de Arena, outside Santa Cruz Bolivia

El Fuerte

While this unusual hilltop complex has no standing buildings, dwelling sites, aqueducts, astronomical observation markings, and petroglyphs are still readily evident.

Dating to the late 17th and mid 18th centuries, these towns were founded by Jesuit priests, working with native populations to build richly decorated churches and missions.

By virtue of decades of loving effort, many of these structures have been restored.

Jesuit Missions of the Chiquitos

The Jesuit Missions of the Chiquitos were granted UNESCO World Heritage status in 1991.

The site was likely built by the Chances people and later adapted to Inca use.

private hut shadowed by David tower in santa cruz

Northeast of Santa Cruz, the Gran Chiquitania is the site of Bolivia’s historic Jesuit mission villages.

Getting to Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz’s Viru Viru International Airport (VVI) is Bolivia’s largest and most modern, receiving flights from Miami and Madrid.

The El Trompillo domestic airport (SRZ) receives flights from La Paz (one hour) and Sucre (35 minutes).

The El Oriente region has a tropical climate, producing generally warm temperatures year-round.

The hottest months are December to March, when temperatures can approach 100°F by midday. Throughout the rest of the year, high temperatures rarely exceed 90°F.

A waterfall over a rockface with lush greenery, photographed on a nature tour in Santa Cruz, Bolivia.

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