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Santa Cruz Bolivia The Best Mix of Culture and Modern City

Santa Cruz de la Sierra, dubbed as Santa Cruz is the biggest city in Bolivia in terms of population. It is also buzzing with modeling related activities in the context of Bolivian modelling industry. Bolivia and Santa Cruz especially is known for its traditional cooking which includes a lot of plantain, potatoes, rice and meat. The eastern city along with La Paz and Sucre form the trio of the fast developing cities of South America, but what makes Santa Cruz special is that it still maintains a mix of modernity and tradition, but tilting towards the latter. 

History
The city was formed on February 26, 1561 by Ñuflo de Chávez, Spanish captain who named it in the honor of his native place in Spain. Holy Cross of the Hills is what the name of this beautiful city stands for.  Unlike its present location, banks of Piraí River, earlier the city existed around 200 miles away. It was moved 4 centuries ago to its present location. Santa Cruz has seen history from close quarters and is well connected to Argentina and Paraguay via these aspects.

Accommodation Options
The city offers one of the best facilities in terms of accommodation; the range offering 5 star hotels with the best of amenities and on the other side, even a string of budget hotels, backpackers hostels and bed and breakfast facilities are popular with Bolivians coming from other cities and even with foreign travellers. Getting a guide isn’t necessary, but would be helpful.
Finding the right Hostels and budget hotel accommodation is best done before you travel so you know what you are getting before you arrive

Popular Places
Basílica Menor de San Lorenzo and Catedral Metropolitana are some of the most popular places with tourists. The culture aided arts’ scene is quite strong considering various cultures have blended well in the city as well as Bolivia as a whole. Guarani museum, Cathedral Museum of Sacred Art and Museum of Art and Archaeology are some popular museums within the city limits.

Getting Around
While traveling through the city, taxi cabs provide the best of convenience. Viru Viru International Airport is the main aviation facility here while the city is well connected to other major cities of Bolivia. Months of January and February receive the maximum rainfall during the year which makes travelling a bit inconvenient.

Places of Entertainment
Santa Cruz has restaurants which offer a wide range of cuisines, some of which have European influence. While in Santa Cruz, it is recommended that travellers enjoy local drinks like Mocochinchi, Chichi etc. along with a wide range of delicious local pastries like Zonzo and Empanada. Many of the cool places to hang out and relax are close to hotels and hostels accommodation making them a great place to go. Considering a lot of immigration happening here along with modeling related activities buzzing, the night life is more than decent and offers good options of discos and pubs.

Languages Spoken
Like many other South American countries, Spanish is the official language of Bolivia and hence Santa Cruz. Also, there are many indigenous languages spoken here.

Currency
Boliviano (Bs) is the currency used here while there are many financial firms which offer news, updates and precise currency conversion rates.

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