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DAY 31 (2 OF 2) – CENTRO, SANTA CRUZ DE LA SIERRA, BOLIVIA

We arrived at Santa Cruz in the afternoon, and had a few hours to check out its downtown.  Tomorrow we would catch a morning flight to Sucre, the constitutional capital of Bolivia.  Unlike Samaipata, Santa Cruz was hot and humid in the afternoon.  We ventured out to Plaza 24 de Septiembre, the main square in the Centro area, but didn’t stay long because of the heat; but many locals seemed having a good time. As Bolivia’s biggest and wealthiest city, Santa Cruz might not look like the Bolivia that many tourists picture in mind.
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Read other posts on Samaipata & Santa Cruz, Bolivia:
Day 27.2 – Night Arrival, Samaipata, Bolivia
Day 28.1 – El Fuerte, Samaipata, Bolivia
Day 28.2 – Town, Samaipata, Bolivia
Day 29.1 – Finca la Vispera, Sampaipata, Bolivia
Day 29.2 – Garden Cafe at Finca la Vispera, Samaipata, Bolivia
Day 30.1 – Cloud Forest at Amboro National Park, Samaipata, Bolivia
Day 30.2 – Starry Night, Samaipata, Bolivia
Day 31.1 – Goodbye, Samaipata, Bolivia
Day 31.2 – Centro, Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia

Next Destination: Sucre, Bolivia
Continuing on our journey from post Day 32.1

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South America 2013 – Our Destinations
Buenos Aires (Argentina), Iguazu Falls (Argentina/Brazil), Pantanal (Brazil), Brasilia (Brazil), Belo Horizonte & Inhotim (Brazil), Ouro Preto (Brazil), Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Paraty (Brazil), Sao Paulo (Brazil), Samaipata & Santa Cruz (Bolivia), Sucre (Bolivia), Potosi (Bolivia), Southwest Circuit (Bolivia), Tilcara, Purmamarca, Salta (Argentina), Cafayate (Argentina), San Pedro de Atacama (Chile), Antofagasta & Paranal Observatory (Chile), Chiloe (Chile), Puerto Varas (Chile), Torres del Paine (Chile), Ushuaia (Argentina), El Chalten (Argentina), El Calafate (Argentina), Isla Magdalena (Argentina), Santiago (Chile), Valparaiso (Chile), Afterthought


DAY 27 (2 OF 2) – NIGHT ARRIVAL, SAMAIPATA, BOLIVIA

We’ll spend the next 3 days in Samaipata, Bolivia, a rural hill town 120km southwest of Santa Cruz de la Sierra, the biggest city in the country.  We flew with BOA (Boliviana de Aviacion), a rather new airline 6-year in business, from Sao Paulo to Santa Cruz.  The flight took 3 hours.  The drive from Santa Cruz International Airport to Samaipata took us another 3 hours by taxi.  The drive took us on a bumpy winding road into the mountainous countryside.  We arrived at Samaipata at around 8pm at night.  Crickets were loud, air was a little chilly, and the sky was not as clear as we wanted but at least we could see some stars.  We checked in at Finca La Vispera, a rural retreat of organic farms, indigenous plants and flowers, several domestic animals and many birds.  We were delighted to find our pleasant little room on the upper floor of a timber house overlooking the valley of Samaipata.

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Previous Destination: Sao Paulo, Brazil, reading from post Day 25.1

Read other posts on Samaipata & Santa Cruz, Bolivia:
Day 27.2 – Night Arrival, Samaipata, Bolivia
Day 28.1 – El Fuerte, Samaipata, Bolivia
Day 28.2 – Town, Samaipata, Bolivia
Day 29.1 – Finca la Vispera, Sampaipata, Bolivia
Day 29.2 – Garden Cafe at Finca la Vispera, Samaipata, Bolivia
Day 30.1 – Cloud Forest at Amboro National Park, Samaipata, Bolivia
Day 30.2 – Starry Night, Samaipata, Bolivia
Day 31.1 – Goodbye, Samaipata, Bolivia
Day 31.2 – Centro, Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia

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South America 2013 – Our Destinations
Buenos Aires (Argentina), Iguazu Falls (Argentina/Brazil), Pantanal (Brazil), Brasilia (Brazil), Belo Horizonte & Inhotim (Brazil), Ouro Preto (Brazil), Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Paraty (Brazil), Sao Paulo (Brazil), Samaipata & Santa Cruz (Bolivia), Sucre (Bolivia), Potosi (Bolivia), Southwest Circuit (Bolivia), Tilcara, Purmamarca, Salta (Argentina), Cafayate (Argentina), San Pedro de Atacama (Chile), Antofagasta & Paranal Observatory (Chile), Chiloe (Chile), Puerto Varas (Chile), Torres del Paine (Chile), Ushuaia (Argentina), El Chalten (Argentina), El Calafate (Argentina), Isla Magdalena (Argentina), Santiago (Chile), Valparaiso (Chile), Afterthought