Santa Cruz de La Sierra, commonly known as simply Santa Cruz, is, with a population of roughly 1.5 million residents, the most modern and developed city in Bolivia .
It is the favorite destination for Bolivian travelers because of its tropical climate and good infrastructure./p>
As the city was fairly isolated until the early 20th century, Santa Cruz has much colonial architecture, including a 16th century cathedral and numerous Jesuit missions.
Located in the eastern part of the country at 416 m above sea level, the city, though usually warm, experiences chill winds that blow from the Argentine pampas called surazos.
HOW TO GET THERE
The main airport in Bolivia is located in Santa Cruz. It offers domestic and international connections. S
anta Cruz is connected by railway to Argentina and Brazil, and connected by a road built in the 1950s to Trinidad, Cochabamba and also has newly constructed paved roads to Camiri- Yacuiba-Argentina and another one to Cochabamba.
WHERE TO STAY
Hay una gran variedad de Hoteles y Hostales, desde hoteles de cinco estrellas hasta modestos residenciales con una amplia variedad en precio y calidad.There are a variety of Hotels and Hostels, starting with luxurious five star hotels to modest “residenciales” with a wide range in both price and quality.
WHAT TO EAT
Red meats of good quality are available all through Santa Cruz. There is also a wide range of local food and Asian food, due to the Japanese influence in the region.
WHAT TO BUY
Santa Cruz offers a wide variety of Bolivian handcrafts, mostly carved and hand painted wood, elements woven in natural fibers and ceramics.