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Located in the heart of South America is the uniquely beautiful gateway city-Santa Cruz. Filled with authentic, cultural experiences, it is the fastest growing city in terms of population. Santa Cruz has natural landscapes that most cities envy, from Lomas de Arena which is a huge natural desert surrounded by tropical forests, lagoons and savannahs, to the isolated village of Samaipata.

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Why visit Santa Cruz

  • Enjoy a relaxing day trip at Gúembé Biocentro & Resort, with stunning nature parks that feature 3 lagoons, an immense butterfly dome and many outdoor activities, it is definitely worth the visit.
  • The Plaza 24 de Septiembre is a lush tropical space that is very popular if all you want to do is unwind and spot a few sloths jaywalking whilst you soak up the beauty of this city.
  • For a truly amazing experience, climb to the top of the beautiful Cathedral Clock Tower for the most incredible views of the city where every hour you can hear the church bells ring.
Boliviano (BOB)
Time Zone:
UTC-08:00 South Africa is 6 hours ahead of Santa Cruz
Dialing Code:
00 + 591 + Local Number
Drives on the right.
Type A/ C (Voltage-230V: Frequency-50Hz)
Viru Viru International Airport

The best time to visit Santa Cruz would be during April until October as these are dry seasons, making sight-seeing great as the temperatures are much cooler. Between November and March is when summer begins and the temperatures and volumes of tourists are much higher.

The most spoken languages in Santa Cruz is Chiquitano which is spoken in the central part of Santa Cruz.

  • Santa Cruz has the world’s largest butterfly sanctuary.
  • Bolivia is home to the world’s largest salt flat in the world, and it contains 50 to 70 % of the world’s lithium reserves.
  • Bolivia has 9 states one of them being Santa Cruz.

Santa Cruz is one of nine states in Bolivia offering excursions and attractions that are undeniably some of the best that Bolivia has to offer. With spectacular places like the Amboro National Park which has the best walking trails, and Espejillos Waterfalls that will take your breath away with its magical views. Another must is the Parque El Arenal, one of the oldest parks in the city and a favourite amongst locals.

The many beautiful attractions that should be visited if time allows include:

  • Catedral de Santa Cruz
  • el Arenal Park
  • Zoológico Municipal Noel Kempff Mercado

One of the greatest experiences amongst travellers is to sample the local cuisine and delicacies in Santa Cruz. The food in this city is not only extremely diverse but it is very satisfying, and an important and unique part of the culture. Buñuelos are a must, it’s a popular snack that is loved by locals. They come in both sweet and savoury flavours and are often stuffed with cheese.

The best restaurants in Santa Cruz include:

  • Jardin de Asia Restaurant & Lounge
  • Chalet La Suisse
  • Hard Rock Café
  • El Arriero
  • La casa del Camba

The most followed religion in Santa Cruz is Christianity. The Roman Catholic Church has a dominant presence in the religion that is found in Bolivia. The people in this city are very friendly and welcoming.

Bolivia is so much safer than in comparison to neighbouring Peru and Brazil. There is the odd occurrence of theft and crime in the city of Santa Cruz, but nothing that any tourist should be overly alarmed by. It is advised to remain vigilant at all times, as it can greatly reduce the chances of becoming a victim of crime.

South African Passport holders do need a Visa to visit Santa Cruz, or anywhere else in South America. Leave plenty of time for Visa processing and remember to check that your passport is valid for 6 months after your return date, and that you have 2 blank pages available for entry stamps. For more information contact the Embassy of Bolivia (Telephone: +27-11-646-1408).

Address:Av. Victor Andres Belaunde 147, Edificio Real Tres "3", Office 801 PO Box 27-013 San Isidro Lima Peru

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Item Cape Town Johannesburg Santa Cruz
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant R 90.00 R 100.00 R 54.39
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) R 22.00 R 20.00 R 30.46
Cappuccino (regular) R 19.00 R 20.00 R 30.42
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) R 10.00 R 12.00 R 21.76
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) R 35.00 R 35.00 R 32.64

Viru Viru International Airport (Code:VVI)

Currency Exchange:There are plenty of exchange offices in Santa Cruz for assistance head to the information desk which is located in the airport.

Lost luggage:Lost and found items within the airport terminal can be reported to the Incheon International Airport Police, or at the Lost and Found Centre, located in Passenger Terminal B1.

Car hire:The car hire offices that are located at the airport include Sixt and Europcar.

Airport hotels:The hotels that are located near the airport consist of Hotel Europa, Senses Hotel Boutique, Hotel Terranova Suites, and Sirari Suites hotel.

Airport hub for:Viru Viru International Airport (Code:VVI) is a hub for Boliviana de Aviación.

The information on this page is correct as of August 2016. While every effort is made to keep information as fresh as possible, takes no responsibility for any of the information being out of date or incorrectly noted.

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