Top things to do

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 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…
Top Choice Bar in Santa Cruz

Duda Bar

There's a cool vibe to this colorful bar occupying the 1st floor of an elegant old building in the city center. Under plaster arches and between pillars you'll find retro furniture, badminton rackets and the odd gar…
Cathedral in Santa Cruz

Basílica Menor de San Lorenzo

Although the original cathedral on Plaza 24 de Septiembre was founded in 1605, the present structure dates from 1845 and wasn’t consecrated until 1915. Inside, the decorative woodwork on the ceiling and silver plati…
Arts & Crafts in Santa Cruz

Artecampo

The best place to find fine artesanías (locally handcrafted items), this store provides an outlet for the work of 1000 rural cruceña women and their families. The truly inspired and innovative pieces include leather…
International in Santa Cruz

La Casona

This German-run bistro has seating in a shady courtyard or inside, where colorful indigenous art adorns the walls. The food is diverse, with a variety of salads, German dishes or pasta in a spicy, palate-tingling ar…
Bolivian in Santa Cruz

La Casa del Camba

You are likely to end up at this lively, sprawling landmark if you ask Bolivian friends where to find the ‘most typical’ cruceño/camba (local) experience. Juicy meat comes sizzling off the grill while live singers h…