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Samaipata/Santa Cruz Road

Santa Cruz, Bolivia
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Ranked #6 of 19 attractions in Santa Cruz
Type: Scenic Drives
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London, United Kingdom
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55 reviews 55 reviews
45 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

Catching a bus in Bolivia is like catching a virus - uncomfortable, a little scary and seems a like it lasts a lot longer than it probably does. Coincidentally, it is a likely place to also catch a virus. With oversold tickets, the bus soon becomes an extremely uncomfortable journey for anyone without a window seat, although the smell of... More

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Santiago, Chile
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

the road is a wreck, but the scenery is beautiful and the destination is well worth it. if you are trying to save time, hire a private taxi. the bus took an hour and a half longer than a taxi

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Santa Cruz, Bolivia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

Situated quite close to Santa Cruz (it's about a 2-3h drive depending on traffic) it's a very nice place to visit. We can recommend Laguna Volcan Resort. It's expensive to stay there, but you can visit it during the day for a small fee which is often waived if you eat at the restaurant there. Another place is Las Cuevas,... More

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

After riding through the infested, crazy, filthy road to Cotoca the road to Samaipata was a delightful surprise. Largely well-maintained and clean, it goes through a variety of little towns with some individual character and none of the favela/shanty town feeling of other parts of Santa Cruz.. There are plenty of good restaurants along the way catering to tourists, several... More

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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

What to say? This is the place for bohemians and persons that like the outdoors, the tranquility of a resting place up in the mountains. Has great fruits and vegetables that you can get from the principal market downtown. Places for resting are a wide variety to choose from, so there's no inconvience there. El Fuerte, Cuevas, are some of... More

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Houston, Texas
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013

If you want fresh air, Samaipata is the place to be... PERFECT weather for a layback, relax weekend. There are many " cabañas" and " hostals" around town. Must try the " chancho al palo" old school roasted pork. I was there this past wknd and stayed @ cabañas Gloria II, walking distance to town and very comfortable, it had... More

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Eindhoven
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2013 via mobile

We went for the one day amboro tour with michael himself, if you are really want to see the real amboro go with them. Michael knows a lot about the scenery and animals. It's not just a tourist tour, you will not see any other people during this trip. The lunch was wonderfull, if you are in samaipata it's really... More

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Santa Cruz, Bolivia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013

The road is completely dark at night since their is no public lighting. It has many curves so it's probably best to drive on this road only when there's daylight.

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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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93 reviews 93 reviews
23 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013

There are several tour-agencies in Samaipata and it's advisable to explore the area with a guide to get a lot of background information and some views you won't find yourself. We did two tours, El Fuerte with Roadrunners and a hike in the national park with Samaipata Tours. Roadrunners - our guide (and owner) Frank has a lot of knowledge... More

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Heber City, Utah
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

In this little town there is a tradition known as squeezing. When you get there it is common for the locals to come up and squeeze your shoulders and shake. it is a sign that your are welcome into the community. Beware of large snapping turtles in the local ponds and yelping grass hoppers because they can be quie annoying... More

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