SANTA CRUZ

Bolivia’s largest and most cosmopolitan city, the colourful Santa Cruz in the Bolivian tropics acts as a gateway into the country for many international flights.

Despite its size, the charm of its colonial architecture gives the city a small-town vibe and a relaxed, sunny atmosphere. Highlights of a few nights in this booming city include time spent exploring the vibrant town centre, a visit to the 400-year-old colonial cathedral, boasting a fabulous exhibition of religious art, the Museum of Ethnography & Folklore, the Museum of Modern Art, and the charming, verdant Botanical Gardens.

Further afield, aficionados of political history travel to the sleepy Bolivian town where Che Guevara made his last stand; and lovers of South America’s exotic wildlife can explore the Amboró and Kaa-Iya National Parks, the latter famed for its population of the elusive jaguar.

An intriguing mix of laid-back locals, Cuban emigrés, Brazilian immigrants, Mennonite colonies and international business-people, Santa Cruz is boundlessly energetic and might just surprise you.

WHERE TO STAY

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Pool at the Hotel Los Tajibos, Santa Cruz, Bolivia

Los Tajibos Hotel

Offering stylish, modern accommodation in this relaxed, tropical city, Los Tajibos is a lovely base for exploring the picturesque and cosmopolitan Santa Cruz de la Sierra.