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You Should Go To Santa Cruz, Bolivia

Updated on February 28, 2013

The main attractions of the Santa Cruz area are considered to be its architectural and cultural sites. For example Cathedral, which now is a museum with a collection of religious art, the Natural History Museum and Zoo, which is considered to be one of the best in South America.

Near Santa Cruz there is a must visit town of Samaipata. In the surrounding area on a small mountain of reddish color you will find the archaeological site of El Fuerte. It is believed that in 14-16 centuries there was flourished one of the Inca city. The ruins, which have survived till the present day, were part of the sacred ceremonial complex. Here you can see petroglyphs depicting animals. For this and more El Fuerte was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Yopu can explore the city on a very interesting tour that goes through many Jesuit missions of middle ages (17-18). Among them there are the San Javier, San Ramon, San Miguel, San Ignacio de Velasco, Concepcion, San Rafael, Santa Ana and San Jose de Chiiktos. Well worth going to the village of La Hikera, where he was killed by Ernesto Che Guevara.

Santa Cruz entarteinment is surprising with its variety: movies, theaters, malls, cafes and bars are just as interesting as the cultural spots.

Northwest of Santa Cruz there is another interesting place called National Park Ambor. Its area is 63 hectares. They include three ecosystems, which are presented in the foothills of the Andes, the Amazon and the eastern plains. Ambor is a home to many birds and capybara capybaras, peccaries, tapirs, howler monkeys and capuchins, jaguars, ocelots, and small marginal.

Santa Cruz arranged excursions to the National Park Camp Noel Mercado on the border with Brazil. This is the only natural place, which was declared a World Heritage by UNESCO. The park area is 15,000 square km. Camp Noel Mercado protects five types of ecosystems - jungle, dry forest, savannas and rainforests. Here there are about 4,000 species of plants, 150 species of mammals inhabit and 620 species of birds.


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