Parque Lomas de Arena

Parque Lomas de Arena, Santa Cruz: Address, Parque Lomas de Arena Reviews: 4/5

Parque Lomas de Arena
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John S
46 contributions
I looked into partaking in a guided tour for $150usd...instead opting to hire a cab for the afternoon for $30usd. The cab wasn’t 4wd so I had to walk about 4km to make it to the sandy area. I made the walk just find in a pair of crocs. I’d note that I went during the winter though when temps were under 80 Fahrenheit.

It’s well worth the visit just for a photo op of something that has no reason for being somewhere and awe inspiring for that reason alone....but not much else.

The lagoon isn’t accessible by waking unless you’re Usain bolt or a cross countrier. But you’ll save a ton of money for nearly same experience by opting out of a tour.
Written July 26, 2018
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Joselyn G
Chicago, IL269 contributions
Solo
I booked a tour with Nick adventures and it was awesome! First off I had no idea there were sand dunes in Santa Cruz ! I visited the park during the rainy season so the road there was terrible ! It was very bumpy and muddy but nothing too extreme. It is about a 45 minute ride from the city center to the park. Once you arrive it's almost as if the dunes are out of place ! They are quite a sight that one wouldn't expect to be so close to a city. We sand boarded for a bit and then took a walk around the dunes. There we learned about the different animals that live there. This area is often visited by bird watchers since there are so many species that reside here. Our guide also said the occasionally jaguar is spotted since there is a cattle ranch nearby. Overall this place is a great day trip! However I wouldn't try and go alone. There really is no "road" and public transportation drops you off at a nearby town that's pretty far away. Also depending on the weather you may just find yourself walking through mud and cow manure to get to the dunes. I would book a tour to get there it saves lots of hassle. I definitely overpaid for my day tour (45usd) .. Which is expensive for Bolivia but it was well worth it! I am sure you can find cheaper but I loved the agency for their conservation efforts and eco friendly ways. Honestly I was going to try and go alone but so happy I didn't!
Written June 30, 2015
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Tracy H
El Dorado Hills, CA12 contributions
Family
My fourteen and eleven-year-old sons and I signed up with Nick and his lovely girlfriend Caro for a half-day trip to Lomas de Arena and were very, very happy with the result. They picked us up at our place promptly at 8am and drove us through the park and to the dunes.

We'd heard that taxis will take you only to the park entrance (they are no doubt rightly concerned re getting stuck in the muddy, mucky road), which sets you back quite a long hike from the dunes. Going with Nick got us through the outer parts of Santa Cruz (also muddy roads), along the park trail, and onto the dunes very easily. We stopped along the way to view a sloth hanging from a tree, many birds, and to learn a bit about the area -- including the eco-system's flora and differences in the terrain. Nick is a committed and informed conservationist, whose knowledge of the area was a wonderful added bonus to our day.

After stopping to rent a sand board, we walked to the dunes and spent the day riding the dunes and trekking a bit further into the area. Lomas is such a unique and beautiful spot -- lakes in the middle of dunes, quicksand to sink into, thick jungle abutting the dunes, wildlife all around, plus the chance to whip down dunes and splash into a lake below.

Nick managed all of this for us and Caro took photos and videos of our day, which will come our way (huge bonus). Both are full of useful and interesting information and eager to share their recommendations - even making a spot on recommendation for a restaurant in city center we'd somehow missed.

As we left Lomas, we passed a truck sunk into a watery mess, underscoring the value of going with an experienced guide.

Nick was very responsive to my email inquiries and up-front re the costs - I recommend both Lomas and Nick's Adventures for a great day.
Written July 21, 2014
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Polina C
Courbevoie, France4 contributions
Couples
If you are bored and looking for something to do for a half day it could be a place to visit. However, keep in mind if you have been to Dune de Pilat in France you will be disappointed. Getting there, you need a 4x4 or take a taxi and walk. If you go for a second option there is a chance you might get robbed while you are walking to the dune and take water with you. If you are driving there be prepared that on entry the rangers will try to rip you off with the entry fee. Do not be surprised at how horrible the suburbs and surrounding area look... ugh yeah and you will pass by the prison. If you are using a tour operator to go on a tour be prepared to pay in the order of 50 USD. If you go on the weekend the locals like to drive 4x4 there so be careful not to be running over.
Written August 24, 2017
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Lara Fermina G
5 contributions
Friends
We organized in the hostel a tour to this park and it was a really nice experience, just 40 minutes from town by car, here you see a lot of nature, sloths and the principal activity the sundboarding activity.
Written November 25, 2016
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Danusius
Dublin, Ireland46 contributions
Couples
What to want more? Beautiful weather, clear skies, warm white sand under your feet. A lot of sand. And among it the sapphire and emerald lagoons and evergreen oases, full of wild tropical vegetation … This is a paradise, but however so close to the city, I do not recommend to go there on your own. The road is bad, especially after rain, and full of stray dogs and strange people. The robbery also happens there. When the day is nice and not so windy (!), take a half-day tour with one of the agencies (eg. Nick's Adventures) and enjoy!
More: https://boliviainmyeyes.wordpress.com/2014/07/21/lomas-de-arena-ii-terribly-beautiful-place-o-strasznie-pieknym-miejscu/
Written January 4, 2015
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marita v
2 contributions
Friends
I just went to Lomas de arena with Nick's Adventure and had a great time, it has a really nice view and we even had the oportunity to see some animals there, like a monkey and a turtle, it's a most visit!
Written February 15, 2020
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ninorapa
3 contributions
Friends
Me and a few pals did the sand dune trip with Nicks adventures and it was excellent! He really knows his stuff and made the day interesting and fun, we also had the dunes to ourselves which was an added bonus! Nick was more than happy to give advice on places to see and visit in Bolivia, would totally recommend Nicks Bolivian Adventures!
Written January 24, 2019
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WRidder2013
Basel, Switzerland10 contributions
I am a nature photographer and I used to visit this place at least once a year. Since 2013 I couldn't go for various reasons, but last month I went there. I was amazed to see how the neighborhoods that surround this protected park have grown. Lastimously they are full of dirt, plastic bags flying, dogs, stagnant water in the streets and so on. The park is nice, is not as big as you could imagine, but is nice. The problem is the way to get there. It's a pitty that nobody does anything to improve the access to this touristic place.
Written December 15, 2015
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saikoxpooh
Los Angeles, CA61 contributions
If you can get here, it is one of the most cinematic places. Try coming here around sunset and you can get some gorgeous shots that will make you look like you're in the middle of the desert. It's a bit hard to get to because each time I come here, the cabs have to take a new route. Last time I came here, there were fencing on the usual side that is the entrance and we had to circle around until we found an opening. The driver waited for us while we took photos. If you have a 4x4 you can attempt to get here on your own but I always travel with a cab driver or a chauffeur because there is no way I'm going to find this place with my GPS alone.
Written December 15, 2015
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