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Top Choice Ruins in Samaipata

El Fuerte

The mystical site of El Fuerte exudes such pulling power that visitors from all over the world come to Samaipata just to climb the hill and see the remains of this pre-Inca site. A designated Unesco World Heritage S…
Top Choice Health Food in Samaipata

Café Jardín

Gaze at Finca La Víspera’s organic garden from its sunny, alfresco cafe and see kitchen staff running up and down to pick your salad fresh from the ground. Famed for its slow food, this vegetarian cafe serves all-da…
Top Choice Fusion in Santa Cruz

Jardín de Asia

The chefs at Jardín de Asia fuse Bolivian ingredients with Asian flavors and culinary techniques to create original dishes with plenty of local flair, served in a candlelit setting. This stylish and atmospheric rest…
Top Choice Cafe in Santa Cruz

Café Patrimonio

The best lattes in town can be found at Cafe Patrimonio, a third-wave coffee shop serving brews made with beans from the Yungas, as well as sandwiches and cakes (B$27 to B$32). It's inside Casa Melchor Pinto, a beau…
Top Choice Peruvian in Santa Cruz

Sach'a Rest

Lip-smackingly good Peruvian food served in a bright and modern dining room, decorated with fab wall murals. The ceviches are made with fresh paiche, a local river fish, and come with a range of sauces including a k…
Top Choice Gardens in Santa Cruz

Jardín Botánico

Santa Cruz's lush botanical gardens, 12km east of the city center, make for a tranquil escape from the urban scene. Covering more than 200 hectares, the gardens feature woodland trails, a lake, a cactarium (cactus g…
Top Choice Cafe in Vallegrande

Los Paraus

Tourist guide Leo and his wife Paola run this cozy pub-cafe, one block southeast of Plaza 26 de Enero. There are books to leaf through and Che paraphernalia to peruse while sipping coffee, wine or beer and snacking …
Top Choice Church in Chochís

Santuario Mariano de la Torre

Intricately carved wooden pillars and doors displaying a fascinating combination of motifs are the star attraction at this moving memorial, completed in 1992. It was built to commemorate the victims of a tragic floo…
Top Choice Bar in Samaipata

La Boheme

This bumping little bar on the south corner of the plaza has a wide selection of intoxicating cocktails and, if you get the munchies, a chalkboard snack menu of burgers and sandwiches (B$22 to B$28). With 15 differe…
Top Choice Steak in Santa Cruz

El Arriero

Locals say this is the place to go for the country's best steaks and we agree. There's a buzz about El Arriero, with its multicolored cow statues, high-pitched roof and eye-catching central light sculpture. The vari…