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Top Choice Indian in Santa Cruz

Taj Mahal

Hallelujah! It’s pretty hard to find an Indian restaurant in South America, and even harder to find a good one, but this upmarket curry house is a cut above the rest. Bangladeshi-owned (despite the Taj Mahal images …
Top Choice Fusion in Santa Cruz


Fine dining in a romantic, yet modern setting with indoor fountain and open kitchen, where you can watch the inventive and delicious menu being prepared en vivo. Diners are often invited for a kitchen tour after eat…
Top Choice Fusion in Santa Cruz

Jardín de Asia

Asian fusion food and Andean specialties in a candlelit setting within the luxurious Los Tajibos hotel. This stylish and atmospheric restaurant is the hottest ticket in town, so book ahead.
Zoo in Santa Cruz

Jardín Zoológico

Santa Cruz’ zoo has a collection of native birds, mammals and reptiles kept in pleasingly humane conditions, although the llamas are a bit overdressed for the climate. Keep your eyes open for free-ranging sloths and…
Museum in Santa Cruz

Museo de Arte Sagrado

The Museum of Sacred Art, inside the cathedral, displays a collection of religious icons, vestments and medallions. More interesting are the many gold and silver relics from the Jesuit Guarayos missions. Look out fo…
Arts & Crafts in Santa Cruz


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 splash of California gourmet has seating in a shady courtyard or inside amid the colorful indigenous art that adorns the walls. The food is diverse, with a variety of salads, German dishes or pasta i…
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…
Bar in Santa Cruz


A meeting point for the city’s arty crowd and those loving diversity, Lorca is one of the most innovative and happening places in town. It’s perfect for a chilled caipirinha or mojito while you enjoy the live music …
Noodles in Santa Cruz


Everybody’s favorite Japanese eatery. The yaki udon (stir-fried noodles) is massive, laden with chicken and cashews, and there’s a great choice of daily dishes to be savored. Just check out all the fol…