Santa Cruz

Travel Guide
San Lorenzo Cathedral showing a garden

Experience Bolivia as the locals see it in the country’s busiest city, where the museums, public squares and churches give you a glimpse into their everyday lives.

Although Santa Cruz de la Sierra, more commonly known as Santa Cruz, is the most populous city in Bolivia, it is still relatively unknown by tourists. Sample an authentic Bolivian lifestyle in this busy city. Visit Santa Cruz’s churches and museums for an insight into the region’s history or simply soak up the atmosphere over a drink with the friendly locals.

Explore a city that started out in a totally different location. Santa Cruz was founded in 1561, but had to move west after several decades of fending off attacks. Visit the historic heart of the city in Plaza 24 de Septiembre, which is more than 400 years old, to relax with the locals, who are known as “cruceños.”

The most distinctive attraction in the city is San Lorenzo Cathedral, which is immediately recognizable for its red-brick frontage featuring two clock towers standing on either side of a pediment. The cathedral hosts the Museum of Sacred Art, with exhibits that display religious icons and Jesuit relics. Climb to the top of the clock tower for panoramic views of the city.

Wander around the Parque Arenal, a green space in the middle of the city. The park has a boating lagoon and the Museo Etnofolklorico (Santa Cruz Ethnographic Museum). Other museums in the city include the Guarani Museum, which examines the culture of the indigenous Guarani people, and the National History Museum.

Take children to the Zoological Gardens, where they can meet animals from around Bolivia. The zoo’s llamas and sloths are always popular with younger visitors.

Fly into the busiest airport in Bolivia, Viru Viru International Airport. Flights arrive here from destinations in both Bolivia and cities in North and South America. Some operators even fly here from cities in Europe, such as Madrid.

Santa Cruz de la Sierra is located in the lowlands of Bolivia in the east of the country, which means that rainfall is high during the summer months around January. Come during the high season, between May and October, for more dependable weather but higher prices.

Hotel G
Hotel G
3.5 out of 5
Av. Pedro Ribera #750, Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz
The price is NT$1,511 per night from Jan 24 to Jan 25
Situated in the business district, this hotel is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Santa Cruz Zoo and 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Plaza 24 de Septiembre. Las Brisas Shopping Center ...
3.6/5 Good! (53 reviews)
"me encantó el Hotel, muy limpio todo y tienen rigurosas normas de higiene y de prevencion de Covid-19 como la desinfeccion de zapatos y de cuerpo entero cada vez que se ingresa al hotel, no me gustó que dice tener servicio de planchado y no es asi, (pero me prestaron plancha), pero en general todo ..."

Reviewed on 2021/4/1

Hotel G
Marriott Santa Cruz de la Sierra Hotel
Marriott Santa Cruz de la Sierra Hotel
5 out of 5
4to Anillo Entre Radial 23, At Calle Las Ramblas, Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz
The price is NT$2,931 per night from Feb 1 to Feb 2
Situated in the business district, this luxury hotel is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from Ventura Mall and 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Plaza 24 de Septiembre. Santa Cruz Zoo and ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (79 reviews)
"Noisy rooms...can hear everyone doing everything...rude staff.....everything on the menu has garlic...."

Reviewed on 2022/1/10

Marriott Santa Cruz de la Sierra Hotel
Los Tajibos Hotel And Convention Center
Los Tajibos Hotel And Convention Center
4.5 out of 5
Ave. San Martin, #455, Santa Cruz
The price is NT$3,830 per night from Feb 9 to Feb 10
Situated in a shopping district, this luxury hotel is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Ventura Mall and 2.1 mi (3.3 km) from Plaza 24 de Septiembre. Santa Cruz Zoo and Municipal ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (184 reviews)
"I love that there are peacocks roaming freely in the property. Everything feels great about the property."

Reviewed on 2021/10/20

Los Tajibos Hotel And Convention Center
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Fiori Apartment
Fiori Apartment
3.5 out of 5
120 Calle Juan Coimbra, Santa Cruz, Departamento de Santa Cruz
The price is NT$926 per night from Jan 26 to Jan 27
Located in the heart of Santa Cruz, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Municipal Library and Plaza 24 de Septiembre. Arenal Park and Ethno-folkloric ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (4 reviews)
"Rooms very clean and large ... fully equipped."

Reviewed on 2021/11/25

Fiori Apartment
Premium Suites Deluxe Aparthotel Equipetrol
Premium Suites Deluxe Aparthotel Equipetrol
3.5 out of 5
Calle Las Azucenas No. 127, 1 block from San Martin Avenue, Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz
The price is NT$1,314 per night from Jan 28 to Jan 29
Situated in the business district, this aparthotel is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Ventura Mall and 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Plaza 24 de Septiembre. Santa Cruz Zoo and Municipal ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (33 reviews)
"Th suites very clean, quit place and close to shops good communication with the hotel staff"

Reviewed on 2021/12/28

Premium Suites Deluxe Aparthotel Equipetrol
Urban Suites Apart Hotel
Urban Suites Apart Hotel
3 out of 5
Calle Don Bosco Edificio Altos Del Sur, Santa Cruz, SANTA CRUZ
The price is NT$1,653 per night from Jan 26 to Jan 27
Located in the heart of Santa Cruz, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Blacutt Square, Ramon Tahuichi Aguilera Stadium, and Cine Center. Sacred Art ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (31 reviews)
"Great value'......'..................................."

Reviewed on 2020/2/8

Urban Suites Apart Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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