Parque El Arenal

Santa Cruz

Locals relax around the lagoon at Parque El Arenal, but it's best not to dawdle in the area at night. On an island in the lagoon, a bas-relief mural by renowned Bolivian artist Lorgio Vaca depicts historic and modern-day aspects of Santa Cruz.

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Nearby Santa Cruz attractions

1. Museo de Historia Regional

0.38 MILES

In the former home of the Gutiérrez Jiménez family, completed in 1920, this museum has four rooms with displays covering regional history. The first is…

2. Casa Melchor Pinto

0.39 MILES

This cultural center is in the impeccably restored family home of Dr Melchor Pinto Parada, a wealthy and influential cruceño who died in 1982. There are…

3. Bell Tower

0.41 MILES

There are good city views of Santa Cruz from the bell tower of the Basilica Menor de San Lorenzo.

4. Basílica Menor de San Lorenzo

0.42 MILES

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…

5. Museo de Arte Contemporáneo

0.44 MILES

In an appealing 1920s building with a breezy central patio, this small gallery displaying temporary exhibitions is worth a look for its thought-provoking…

6. Museo de Arte Sagrado

0.44 MILES

Inside the cathedral, the Museum of Sacred Art displays a collection of religious icons, vestments and medallions. Most interesting are the gold and…

8. Iglesia San Roque


Named after the Jesuit San Roque González, this rather plain church is most notable for its single bell tower. The church is open for 15 minutes before…