Cruz de la Sierra you will not loose your time. If one
decides to stay in the urban area, then has more than one choice
to have a great time: the old helmet offers an idea of how the
old city was, the Cabins of Piraí are ideal for relaxING.
If one wishes
to discover some of the mysteries of the forest or of the ancient
cultures, then can visit some of the Jesuit missions located close
to the city or the sanctuary of Cotoca, to which thousands of
crucinos arrive in pilgrimage; another interesting option is to
visit the pre-incas ruins of Saimapata.
in Santa Cruz, you should visit these places:
Metropolitan cathedral: remarkable for its wooden vaults covered
by beautiful pictorial decorations. Its history is full of changes
and it is said that it was built by the Mercedario Fray Diego
de Porres, during the administration of the Viceroy Toledo. In
1839, the marshal Andrés de Santa Cruz,
ordered the substitution of the old temple. The mission was given
to the French architect Felipe Bestres.
Museum of Sacred Art: Sculptures, paintings, silver jewels
and the religious objects that the Jesuit used in their evangelizing
missions are exhibited in this museum, that is one of the most
complete of Bolivia.
Church of San Andres: Their piazza evokes the old Greek
constructions due to the presence of statues in the frontis.
Church of San Roque: The temple has three areas with wooden structure
and external eaves.
Grande: The details of the constructions of this town
are clear testimonies of the Iberian influence. Here, a fair to
which residents of the neighboring communities attend, is carried
Arenal: Fragile ships cross the artificial lagoon that
gives life to this park, one of the biggest attractions in Santa
Sanctuary of Cotoca: In December, hundreds of faithful people
of Santa Cruz walk in pilgrimage the 20 kilometers
that separate the city from the sanctuary -built in 1902 - to
surrender cult to the Virgin of Cotoca.
The Cabins of Piraí: In the shores of the river,
expert cooks prepare the most exquisite dishes of the "crucena"
food. Fun and amusement center, this corner west of the capital,
offers a magnificent view of the Piraí and of the greenery
that surrounds the city.
Chiquitanía: In these eastern lands that belong
to the counties of Ñuflo de Chávez, Velasco and
Chiquitos, the Jesuit priests evangelized to the natives; plus,
they built beautiful temples, as Concepción, San Ignacio
de Velasco, Santa Ana, San Miguel, San Rafael, San Javier. The
church of the town of San José is remarkable for having
been totally built in stone.
to the Yapacani River: Ideal for navigation or to rest
in its beaches of white sands or to prove luck with the fishhooks
and baits, this place of the Orient -at 120 kilometers from Santa
Cruz de la Sierra- is an excellent alternative for the
Mysterious and undecipherable, the carved rock of Samaipata keeps
its secrets to the investigators and studious. The ancient inhabitants
of the Bolivian Orient carved animals and parallel grooves that
point to the sky on its surface.
rock of Samaipata is 200 meters long and 60 meters wide. A series
of colored caves and a depression -known as El Hueco- whose function
has not still been explained by the archaeologists.