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A Greener Bolivia: Santa Cruz de la Sierra

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An April 2007 trip to Santa Cruz de la Sierra by SeenThat

Hotel Continental Park Photo, Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia More Photos
Quote: Hot and green, Santa Cruz offers to the visitors arriving from the highlands a new, tropical angle to their Bolivian experience.

A Greener Bolivia: Santa Cruz de la Sierra

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Overview

Rainy Day Photo, Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia
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One of the lowest cities in Bolivia, Santa Cruz is still 600 meters above sea level in a huge plain south of the Amazonian Basin. The city can be visited in a day or two; its main attractions are the colonial central plaza and a zoo providing insightful views into the Amazonian wildlife. Gorgeous churches within a colonial setup transfer the visitor a few centuries back in time; the recent and significant expansion of the city did not spoil the skyline and while in the central plaza a visitor may be tricked to search for "Conquistadores."However, Santa Cruz is also the biggest Bolivian de...Read More

Hotel Continental Park

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Hotel

Hotel Continental Park Photo, Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia
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At sixty dollars (season and room depending), a night at Santa Cruz’ Continental Park costs almost as much as an average Bolivian salary. However, despite being at the very top of the local establishments, I left it utterly disappointed. It enjoys an awesome location, midway between the central plaza and Monseñor Rivero Avenue, where the main entertainment area is in Santa Cruz; that was its initial appeal.The lobby was well-lighted and spacious, but the scarce coaches were not enough to answer the demand for them; since the main coffee shops in town were a bit far away - mainly around the main plaza or on Monseñor Rivero Avenue - that was a drawback whenever I had visits. Moreover, the re...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on May 3, 2007

Hotel Continental Park
Cañoto Avenue 289
Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia
+591 (3) 337-7272

Alexander Coffee

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Restaurant

Alexander Coffee Photo, Bolivia, South America
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I knew Alexander Coffee from my hometown. They had a huge presence there until they suddenly disappeared in 1996, maybe due to the violent events of that year in my country. Years later I arrived at Bolivia and found them thriving. The name, the sunny logo and the dates fit; with branches in La Paz, El Alto and Santa Cruz, Alexander offers now one of the best coffees in Bolivia.At $3.5, Alexander’s American Breakfast was the most expensive set breakfast offered. It included three eggs, hash browns and bacon (or ham or a small steak) as the main dish. Accompanying it were toasts, bread or ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 4, 2007

Alexander Coffee
Monseñor Rivero 400
Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia
+591 (3) 3378653

Bulldog Photo, Yacuiba, Bolivia
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The first time I entered Bolivia, it was from Argentina through the Pocitos (Arg) – Yacuiba (Bol) border-cross and thus I got a very erroneous first impression of the country. Instead of seeing the mountainous, cold plateau where most Bolivians live, I found a lush tropical garden. Moreover, despite its popularity – and maybe due to it – this border-cross is cumbersome. Thorough checks by the Argentinean customs can cause significant and unpredictable delays. Luckily, there are two lin...Read More

A Day in Downtown Santa Cruz

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Story/Tip

Lush Gardens Photo, Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia
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First time I entered Bolivia, I crossed Santa Cruz in my way to La Paz, the main city in the country. Neglecting to check which cities were in my way, I failed to recognize Santa Cruz as the second biggest city in the country and its main economic centre. That was quite understandable, since it has a dilapidated look with very few tall buildings; people seemed to be in a perpetual state of siesta. Only later, I visited it several times in a more orderly fashion and discovered a colonial town within lush, green, semi-tropical surroundings that offer a blessed break after a while on the cold high Andea...Read More

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