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Santa Cruz,founded the year 1561 by Ñuflo Chávez, is a place of notable natural wealth. At present , has become a booming development area. The Department offers al visiting a diversity of options: nature reserves for the lovers of the nature and/or of the adventure; walks by the fabulous ruins of Samaipata for them impassioned by the archeology and the history; or well a traveled through by the Jesuitical Missions for who they want to live an exceptional experience.


This department is located in the oriental part of the Bolivian territory with a surface of 320.000 Km2, Of which only a third understands a mountainous region. The remainder is a tropical paradise of exuberant vegetation and enormous extensions of forest and meadow that rest throughout the Amazon plain. It limits al north with the department of Beni and the Republic of Brazil; al south with the department of Chuquisaca and the Republic of Paraguay; al this with the Republic of Brazil and al western with the departments of Beni, Cochabamba and Chuquisaca. Has an extension of 370.621 Km2 And a population of 2.029.471 inhabitants (Census 2001). The capital of the department is the city of Santa Cruz of the Saw (437 m.s.n.m.), situated among the 17º 47' 20" of south latitude and the 63º10' 30" of western length of the meridian of Greenwich. This department counts on 15 provinces and 150 cantons.

Plaza 24 of September

The Plaza 24 of September is a point of important reference of the city, therefore in it a magnificent Cathedral is found that counts on a museum. Not less important the House of the Culture (in which exhibitions are carried out or cultural and artistic presentations) and the Palace Prefectural.


Metropolitan cathedral

It built by the Mercedario Fray Diego of Porres in times of the Virrey Spanish Toledo. In 1770, the Bishop Ramón of Grassy reconstructed the Church, entrusting al older sexton Mr. Antonio of Lombardy, the execution of the works. In the epoch of the Marshal Andrés of Santa Cruz (1838), the old temple was substituted by a new church of eclectic style, projected by the French architect Felipe Bestres. It is notable by its vaults of wood and by the pictorial decoration that covers them. In the high altar a part of the silver original covering is conserved worked of the Jesuitical mission of San Pedro of Moxos. Also four sculptural reliefs are exhibited that stem from the same mission.


Cathedral museum of Sacred Art

The museum of the Cathedral is of an artistic, historic wealth and really impressive material. Their of silver works they show the quality of the work of the artisans of the 17th centuries and XVIII. It conserves the oldest Bolivian ecclesiastical jewel donated in custody to the church in 1603.


Church of San Andrés

It has a structure of wood of three ships, with eighteen columns on a pedestal of masonry, that is enclosed inside a pitchfork of wood. The structure advances on the facade, creating a portal decorated with swoop wood pediment, with vegetable baroque themes. The portal recalls distantly to the Greek temples, with typical pediment decorated with statues.


Church of San Castle

It built on pitchforks of wood, devastated in the shape of columns azapatadas with capitals of four directions., The temple has three ships in structure of wood and exterior wingers; the cover is also of wood with scissors of pair and knuckles of shoulder straps. The ceiling of tiles rests on a framework of wattling. The church was remodeled in the second half of the 19th century by the Argentine architect Bustamante.


Park Sand

To five blocks of the Plaza is the Park Sand, where a mural one of the painter is exhibited cruceño Lorgio Cow, that relates moments of the history of the city.


Botanical garden

Santa Cruz is characterized for a various natural wealth and one of the options to visit and to know the species of the zone is the Botanical Garden, located five kilometers of the city on the road to Cotoca.


The Cabins of the Piraí

They are located in the western sector of the capital, al final of the avenue Rock Crowned, where a beautiful landscape can enjoy itself. In the cabins typical dishes are offered cruceños and delicious bites. The river Piraí is for the cruceños a place preferred in the warm days of summer, whose temperature arrives many times to 40º C.


Zoological Municipal

A place that should be visited in Santa Cruz is the Zoological Policeman, one of the most complete of this part of the continent , with a variety of typical fauna of the region.


Travelling by the old road that carries to Cochabamba, nine kilometers of the city, the ruins of a magnificent fortress are found, called the Fort of Samaipata. The Center of Anthropological and Archaeological Investigations Samaipata preserve a series of vessels and dishes with designs antropomorfos that date from the year 200 AC; this center provides information on what was this sacred structure preincaica. The Fort contemplates a complex system of channels, basins and sculptures of high relief carved in a single block of stone. They exist proof that this was a fort of the Kollasuyo. It is recommended to visit first the museum to have an idea more approximate than signifies this surprising construction.


Jesuitical missions

They were recognized by the UNESCO “Patrimonio Cultural of the Humanity” six magnificent churches: San Javier, Conception, San Rafael, Holy Ana, San Miguel and San José of small Children , same that give rise to an extraordinary walk that maintains I live the bequest of the Jesuitical Missions established in the region this of Santa Cruz. Around the 17th century, they arrived at this Jesuits priests rain forest, for the purpose of evangelizing to the native towns that inhabited the zone. Beautiful churches built in base to structures of wood, they are today the setting of extraordinary concerts of baroque and Renaissance music that are carried out in the framework of the Festival of Music established the year 1996, like an effort by preserving and to diffuse the musical heritage of the Jesuitical Missions of small Children and Moxos.


Park Noel Kempff - Bolivian Marshland      
This park forms part of the Bolivian Marshland and is situated al northeastern of the Department of Santa Cruz, on the frontier limit with Brazil. It has a surface of 706.000 hectares and protects to a great biological diversity in its different ecosystems. Treats certainly of the point of convergence of the influences of the north Amazon region, of those of the Southern tropical dry forest, of those of the closed Brazilian of the east and of those of the forest chiquitano of the West. Besides, the area forms part of the Crystalline Complex Chiquitano, that corresponds to the extension of the brazilian Shield.


Nationalpark and Kaa-Lya Integrated Management Area of the Great Chaco

Unique area that preserves The Chaco

It located in the south region of the Department of Santa Cruz and with a surface of 3.441.115 hectares (34.411 Km2), This is the only area protected destined to the preservation of the Chaco South American. The Park National Kaa-Iya includes most of the own ecosystems of this region.


Nationalpark and Area of Management Integrated Amboró

This park is not more than the shelter of a great variety of ecosystems. It is found located al western of the Department of Santa Cruz and has a surface of 637.600 hectares. It presents a mountainous geography with valleys and deep tubes. The river bed of the rivers forms torrents and falls of water.


Nationalpark and Area of Management Integrated Otuquis

This park is constituted in the significant and vastest wetland of the world. Al extreme southeast of the Department is found the Park "Otuquis", that al belongs ecosystem of the Great Complex Marshland that abuts with Brazil and Paraguay. The Bolivian zone is without doubt the best conserved.



Regionalpark Hills of Sand

Is a matter of a reserve botany, zoological and archaeological. Al southeast of the Department is found, 17 kilometers of the city. It possesses an approximate extension of 14.000 hectares. They emphasize the formations of the quaternary, composed one by residual and alluvial deposits that form dunes caused by the erosion that is produced on the sediments of sandstone. The zone counts on reserves botany, zoological and archaeological and permits al Department to face the Aeolian erosion, the risk that causes the change of the climate and the constant threats that represents for the Park the growing urban pressure.


I laugh White and Black

This attraction is found al northwest of the Department. The area is dominated by the basins of the Black and White rivers. The units of present vegetation in the area are the forest semi-deciduo, sub-humid forest in low lands, wetlands Mary magdalene and savannahs of the Closed.


The Marshland

It situated al Southeastern of Bolivia, the largest freshwater swamp of the world, covers the republics of Brazil, Paraguay and Bolivia , covering a total extension of 165.000 km2. Its height average is of 350 m. s. n. m. and its various temperature of 12 º C to 24º C with at times significant seasonal changes. The Bolivian Marshland is initiated in Port Suarez and extends to Port Busch, in the Department of Santa Cruz. Is an extensive plain, smooth in the upper part of the river Paraguay. The hydrologic, geological conditions and geomorfológicas of the place they have contributed to conform a singular ecosystem with areas permanently flooded, other partly flooded, higher areas of woodland and tropical trees that normally themselves are not flooded. The Bolivian Marshland is a place of concentration and conservation of the most genuine corners and savages of the region. It is a capable ecosystem to protect a large quantity of species of flora and fauna, in a landscape of spectacular scenic beauty. The visitors that love the nature will be able to find in this region one of the hábitats more important of flora and fauna of South America, recognized particularly by their enormous quantity and diversity of birds, reptilian, mammalian, and aquatic animals. Among the mammals they are notable species as the gigantic otter of river, the jaguar, the deer of marsh , the common tapir, the anteater, the tupi, the paco, etc. The place has registered 700 species of birds and is a point of rest for species of migratory birds that come from the north hemisphere and other regions of South America. The Bolivian Marshland has the largest concentration of wading birds never views in the new world, possesses near 6.000 types of herons and storks. Inside the zone is one of the most important freshwater fisheries of the world. It has registered 405 species of fish, some of the most notable are the piranha, the pacú, the surubí, the barbado and the golden one. The fishing in rivers of crystalline water is an option for the recreation of the visitors. The Bolivian Marshland is also reservoir of a large quantity of reptiles, especially caymans and snakes as the anaconda. The butterflies and insects of all the types are very common in the place. Many new species still are being studied.



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