On desire We combine
Certain medical procedures and surgeries like cosmetic, plastic or
elective surgery due to their nature and required post surgery care
do not permit vacations.
But in case of certain treatments like Hair Transplant, Rhinoplasty,
some face surgeries and Dental treatments where hospitalization is
not required, Sensual
Body Dream makes an arrangement to combine with
beautiful and memorable holidays (discover Bolivia strictly as per
Regardless of whether you choose to take a Rejuvenation Holiday
before or after your surgical procedure(s) we can arrange the
holiday of a lifetime for you – in stunningly beautiful settings
where you can enjoy sensational accommodation, cuisine and fine
We arrange for you tourist activities in the main cities of Bolivia
and of course in Santa Cruz de la Sierra where our clinics,
hospitals and medical centers are located.
Santa Cruz is not only the economic capital of Bolivia, it is also
the most modern and developed city in the country. Santa Cruz is
considered as one of the principal tropical paradise in South
The Department of Santa Cruz, located in eastern Bolivia, abounds
with vegetation in its extensive forests and grasslands.
Each one of our programs has been conceived and organized to give
you a thoroughly pleasing and enriching experience to discover
Bolivia, considered by the travel agencies specialized in trips to
Latin America as the most peaceful, safe and hospitable country, in
Latin America with friendly people always ready to help you.
Bolivia is a country where hospitality is a way of life!
REFERENCES / USEFULL INFORMATION
WE SUGGEST IN SANTA CRUZ
SAMAIPATA, INCA RUINS
THE JESUIT MISSIONS
SANTA CRUZ AT CARNIVAL
OTHER PART OF BOLIVIA
UYUNI SALT PANS… A SEA
TITICACA… A LAKE WILLING TO BE A SEA…
SEE MORE PICTURES OF BOLIVIA
Bolivia is the country with the greatest
biodiversity in America and one of the 5 countries with the biggest
biodiversity in the world.
Bolivia provides you:
- 1865 tourist attractions throughout the country.
- 385 archaeological sites.
- 87 of the 107 ecosystems that exist in the
- 81 protected areas in National Parks, Reserves,
- Colonial churches and jesuits missions of the century XVIII,
declared CULTURAL INHERITANCE of the humanity by the UNESCO.
Bolivia is a
country completely out of the ordinary weird!
Considered as the paradise of South America, like the surreal
landscapes of Gabriel Garcia Marquez or Isabel Allende.
It's the kind of place where you start taking the strangest things
Highest of all the Andean nations, Bolivia is the breathtaking
beauty of Lake Titicaca in the North and the brackish salt beds of
the Salar de Uyuni in the South. An untouched Amazon basin and the
Pantanal lowlands, make Bolivia the perfect country to explore.
The country is surrounded by Brazil to the
north and to the east, Peru and Chile to the west; Paraguay and
Argentina to the south. Bolivia is an incredibly beautiful country
with many different types of climates and terrains.
In the western part of the country, running north to south, rise the
majestic and mysterious Andes, the second highest mountain range in
the world. Due to the average elevation in Bolivia, many people
refer to the country as the "Tibet of the Americas". The Andes that
run through Bolivia are some of the highest and most remote regions
found anywhere in South America. The scenery is absolutely stunning.
Along the eastern slopes of the Andes lie dense forests and lush
mountain valleys known as the Yungas. Further eastward, one finds
the vast, and seemingly endless steaming jungles of the Bolivian
Amazon Basin. Finally, to the south, stretches the dry,
semi-tropical plains known as the Chaco.
It is a beautiful country with 20,000 foot high snow capped peaks, a
12,000 foot high plateau (the altiplano) and beautiful and
productive mountain valleys which fall away into the Amazon basin.
It is a country with a proud indigenous background mixed with
European people and rich colonial traditions. It is a country of
more than one million square miles and yet with a population of less
than eight million.
There is no danger of
falling into a tourist trap when traveling anywhere in Bolivia.
According to the last indices of security published including all
the countries of Latin America , Bolivia is in the first place,
being the country with the rate of insecurity the lowest compared
with any country in Latin America.
While visiting the high Andes seems to be the
most popular attraction for travelers, many people consider the lush
mountain valley areas known as the Yungas, and the Bolivian Amazon
Basin to be the best places to visit. Besides great scenery, one has
the opportunity to see various exotic birds, plants, insects, and
animals living in the rainforests of this region.
If you thought all jungles were the same,
you will quickly find out how wrong you are.
Elevation and rainfall create vastly different types of rainforest
and/or jungle. As a result, the life found in one type of rainforest
is vastly different from that found in another type of rainforest.
This region is also very interesting due to the people living here.
Over the centuries, these people have created a culture entirely
different from that found high in the Andes.
The cities and towns that make up Bolivia are another reason why the
country is such an interesting destination.
For those individuals interested in people or wildlife, there are
few places in the world that surpass the marvels of Bolivia. The
people of this country have a way of life and customs completely
foreign to outsiders.
Bolivian Quality of Life
For the foreign tourist, Bolivia is a very economic country. You can
enjoy a luxurious trip, to discover a whole culture and sample
Bolivian cuisine for less than half of price of any other country in
Security in the Country
Bolivia is the safer country of Latin America. According to the last
indices of security published by the ONU concerning the countries in
Latin America, Bolivia is in the first place, being the country with
the lowest rate of insecurity compared with any country in Latin
Currency: Peso boliviano ($)
Exchange Rate: 1 $USD = 7 $pesos
Mayor credit cards are accepted in the most important hotels,
restaurants and commercial centers, however the same thing doesn't
happen in the smallest establishments neither in the remote towns.
Credit card are generally not accepted if the amount is superior to
In general, Mastercard, Visa and American Express are accepted.
There are cash machines everywhere in the principal cities of
Bolivia; they all accept international debit cards and credit cards.
In the main cities of Bolivia, the Exchange offices, Money Exchange,
Banks, and some other establishments accept travelers checks, reason
why selling them won’t be any difficult; but, the situation is
different in the smallest towns, for what is recommended to take
One more thing, if you plans to take travelers checks, the best
thing will be to have them issued in American dollars.
Costs of Reference
Economic / Budget-oriented: US $1 - 2
Medium range: US $3-4
High class: from US $6 upwards
Taxis service (Radio Taxis)
A move within the city US $1
Rent for one hour US $3
Rent for one day US $20-25
The climate in Santa Cruz is semi-tropical with average temperatures
between 29 to 35oC (84 to 95oF) in spring and summer, and dropping
down to 20 or 21oC (68 to 70oF) in winter.
ACTIVITIES WE SUGGEST
IN SANTA CRUZ
"SANTA CRUZ, THE HEART OF SOUTH
Modern City of Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz is the economical capital of Bolivia
and also the biggest center of biogeography convergence in the heart
of South America, since within the Department of Santa Cruz five of
the most important ecosystems in the continent come together:
The southernmost Portion of the Amazon Basin.
- The westernmost part of the Cerrado and the Pantanal Wetlands.
- The easternmost part of the Foothills of the Andes Mountains.
- The northernmost part of the Chaco Dry
known as the Chiquitania.
Santa Cruz was made for lovers of nature, adventure and culture
because of its impressive and extensive geographic environment full
of varied forms and landscapes, amongst them there are outstanding
mountains and valleys, plains and swamps, rivers and lagoons, salt
deposits, canyons, dunes, caves and caverns.
Among the more famous bodies of water we can highlight the Rio
Grande, Yapacaní, Ichilo and Iténez rivers, as well as the lakes and
lagoons of Gaiba and Concepción. For those that like to navigate
through virgin waters, these can turn dreams of adventure into
reality and surrounded by the exquisite and beautiful landscapes
that will captivate you by their tranquility.
Tropical Forest & Parcs
A collection of natural wonders possesses unequalled natural fauna,
since it contains
some of the most exotic animals on the planet.
In Santa Cruz you can find a wide variety of
species. There is the Jucumari (spectacled) bear. There are also
anteaters, guanacos–from the llama family. There is the Chaqueño
wild pig, and the giant otter, also known as the river wolf.
Amongst the reptiles, there are also species such as the Sicurí,
renowned Anaconda, and the and the Cayman.
In Amboró Park, one of the most beautiful nature’s gifts to mankind,
biologists have found at least seventy nine new, undiscovered
species, of these it is expected that fifteen of them are completely
unheard of and new to science.
As far as culture is concerned, Santa Cruz
offers a wide ethnic variety, of which we can highlight the guarayo,
chiquitano, and ayoreo indigenous, nomadic peoples who continue
living as hunters and gathers.
Discover the night life in Santa Cruz and its people :
Amboró National Park is an ecological
masterpiece of almost half a million hectares. It is located about
100 kilometers (65 miles) from the city of Santa Cruz. The road to
this park is a completely asphalted highway.
This park is unique, because in this park three ecosystems converge:
the Andes Mountains, the Chaqueño Dry Forest, and the Amazon Rain
Forest. It is a magical place where we find an incredible range and
number of migratory birds.
The park’s biodiversity is so abundant that without having finished
the inventory of the bird species, more than 830 species have been
identified, more than the USA and Canada together! This in itself
transforms the Amboró National Park into an ornithology observation
center of international significance.
The area also abounds with endemic species, both animal and plants.
The latest investigations have yielded new species for scientific
If you want to stay and enjoy a little more the
nature, the hotel spa at the Amboró Resort is the ideal place and it
offers a wide variety of attractions for all type of preferences.
Buena Vista is one of the natural access points to the Amboró
National Park–one of the places that offers the richest flora and
fauna in all Bolivia.
The Jipijapa palm grows in the numerous hills surrounding the
community of Buena Vista. This palm is an excellent source for
textiles having a special flexibility.
SAMAIPATA, INCA RUINS
(´Rest in the heights´ which means in Quechua)
Samaipata is an ideal destination for those who
are looking for a tranquil place, where one can dream and relax.
Meet the friendly people or go off in search of adventure in the
surrounding area of incomparable natural beauty.
Located approximately 120 kilometers from Santa Cruz de la Sierra is
the most important archaeological site in eastern Bolivia and was
named as a Cultural Heritage for Humanity by UNESCO. At this site
there is a settlement of pre-Hispanic towns.
is one of the most important pre-Columbian sites in Latin America.
Its origin is mysterious and its importance, unknown. Most likely,
it was an Incan ceremonial center.
Samaipata, is a town located near the southern entrance to the
Amboró National Park. Just outside in you can see “El Fuerte” [The
Fortress], one of the largest carved rocks in the world.
Fuerte is divided in distinct two parts: the first part is on a hill
250 meters high by 50 meters wide. On top of the rock there are
numerous and gigantic carvings in the sandstone that represent
snakes, pumas, jaguars, crisscrossing geometric designs, etc. and
seem to be part of an Incan ceremonial center that was active during
the 14th and 15th centuries. The second part of “El Fuerte” the an
administrative and residential area just south of this hill.
Samaipata is considered an important temple, where it is thought
that here the Incas communicated with the gods. This archaeological
monument is surrounded by different ceremonial enclosures and has a
hydraulic system that allows us to verify the intensity of the rains
of the agricultural works. Their location also allowed them to
complete an astronomical function.
JESUIT MISSIONS… a living museum…
Santa Cruz, had within its territory an
important Jesuit presence in America: the Chiquitos Missions that in
spite of their age continue being the “House of God” to the
chiquitano people, who still maintain both their European and
American culture roots.
music of the Baroque Chiquitano is one of the most beautiful
examples of this culture preserved through more than five thousand
original scores. These scores are the central attraction of the
renowned International Festival of Baroque Chiquitano Music held
every two years in the scenarios that they saw created.
With a great color and ceremony, the Holy-Week festivities can only
be described as nothing short of memorable. Here the indigenous
towns folk take great pains to recreate the path of the cross and
the crucifixion together with dancers and musicians that give
tribute to their ancestral ceremonies and to the Christian
The Jesuit Missions were declared, just like Samaipata, as "Cultural
Heritage of Humanity." They are a sample of the American Baroque
that doesn't have ruins, but rather has temples and towns that are
heirs of the native-mission culture. The primary merit of these
works of art is found in the effort with which the Jesuit taught the
natives the hand-carving techniques that can be appreciated in the
churches, as a true art form.
Jesuit Missions at San Javier and Concepción:
The Jesuit missions at San Javier and Concepción are one of the most
important Jesuit Mission in South America. San Javier, was the first
mission founded by the Jesuits in 1691 and it became the
headquarters of a music school and a workshop for producing musical
Around the town, the vegetation is characterized by the surprising
symbiosis of the bibosi and motacú plants. Their rustic appearance
of dirt roads and streets and the large traditional houses, with
adobe walls decorated with murals and shady verrandas with wooden
columnades, creates an ideal environment showing the true majesty of
the missions. Traveling through the low lands of the east, primarily
agricultural and cattle areas, one can visit the lagoon and the dam
at Sapocó where you can bathe in its crystal-clear waters.
travel to the Chiquitanía is to be transported to another world, the
world of the Jesuit missions, and to discover the towns that were
founded by the Jesuits at the end of the seventeenth century. Here
these men wanted an utopia, and they turned it into reality: they
created on earth, the "City of God" and brought about the peaceful
evangelization and civilization of the native population.
Located in the middle of the Bolivian jungle, the Jesuit Missions
have become the primary Jesuit settlements in the new world. The
Jesuit remained in the Chiquitania lands for less than one century,
but they created remarkable societies of productivity, order, and
Jesuit Missions of Chiquitos have been around for more than three
centuries. Built between 1691 and 1760, they arouse the admiration
and interest of those who visit them for their architecture and as
temples of the mestizo Baroque style. Here one can clearly see
paintings, murals, splendid golden altars, colossal, carved wooden
columns and a variety of beautifully carved altarpieces adorning the
pulpits. The churches emulate the appearance of European
architecture, because of the influence of Swiss priest, Jesuit
Martin Schmit. As the main architect of the Missions, he worked
among the indigenous Jesuit people and built these impressive
churches. It is here you can truly appreciate the technique learned
by the natives which become art enriched by their own visions.
The high artistic level and the deep cultural meaning of these works
of art motivated UNESCO in 1991 to declare the towns of San Javier,
Concepción, San Miguel, San Rafael, Santa Ana, and San José de
Chiquitos as Cultural Heritage for Humanity.
Cruz amongst its festivities every year carries out the Cruceño
Carnival held between February and March. Its most anticipated event
is the so called "Corso" or parade, in which different groups in the
processions exhibit their beautiful floats and they perform
traditional, taquiraris, chovenas and carnavalitos.
In the city of Santa Cruz and the immediate surrounding areas there
are several local, beautiful places to be able to go to enjoy
oneself with family and friends, namely, the Sand Dunes, the Piraí
River, Espejillos, to mention just a few of nearby places.
With all this one can see that Santa Cruz has a variety of tourist
attractions; hence, we could call it the land of many options.
It is a tourist area where people of different
ages converge, drawn by the sport fields, beaches, and cabins where
a variety of traditional regional dishes are served. The easiest
access is located at the end of Avenida Roca Coronado, a few minutes
from the main Town Square, the “Plaza 24 de Septiembre."
is a local tourist area with its impressive and beautiful waterfalls
and natural pools where you can swim. Nearby there are several good
quality hotels with all the necessary services. There are also
comfortable places where you can spend a day camping or on a picnic.
It is located 95 kilometers (60 miles) from Santa Cruz and can be
accessed only by a 4X4 vehicle.
regional park is enhanced by the unique scenic
beauty of the sand dunes, crystalline waters, natural forests and
animals. Nearby there are also some cabins which serve
different traditional dishes to visitors. The park is located 18
(11 miles) from downtown and to get there you
would require a 4x4 vehicle.
BOLIVIA A PLACE FULL OF MAGIC...
UYUNI SALT PANS…
A Sea Of Salt
On the Altiplano high plateaus at 3,660 meters above sea level,
south of the city of La Paz, we will find the Uyuni Salt Pans, the
largest in the world - a sea of salt, in a fantasy world of its own.
It looks like an endless frozen over lake or a
white expanse of desert, and is actually the evidence of a very
ancient sea that existed here. Its total area is 10,580 km2. its
average annual temperature ranges from 20°Celsius in the daytime to
-25°C at night; it has a typical high-mountain climate: dry and
cold, with low rainfall and intense solar radiation.
a result of the instant evaporation of ground water that occurs in
the southern high plateau due to the dryness of the air, enormous
flat salt beds have formed consisting mainly of sodium chloride,
together with the sodium and magnesium carbonates present in the
original water. The township of Uyuni, departure point for tours to
a region rich in landscapes, places of interest and natural
wilderness areas, has tourist facilities for information, lodging,
local and international cooking, unrestricted communications,
medical assistance, foreign currency exchange and the purchase of
local arts and crafts. Its weather is rainy from November to March
and dry the rest of the year.
surface crust is 10 m thick, and the amount of salt in the Pans is
estimated at 64000 millions tons. They also contain huge amounts of
boron, chlorine, magnesium, sodium, potassium, strontium and other
elements in smaller amounts, including lithium, which is considered
a strategic mineral in high demand worldwide. At the edges of the
salt pans potatoes and quinua are successfully farmed.
In winter, the salt pans are transitable and can be visited from the
different towns in the surroundings.
A Lake Willing To Be a Sea…
Is the highest navigable lake in the world
An inexpugnable mantel of fog wraps up the
vault of the sky in this morning of fine rain drops, uncertain
clarity of shades and blurred images. Indications of beauty are
shown off in the unconcluded lines of the horizon; suddenly, the
curtain of fog is ripped by the phantasmagoric silhouette of a
fragile craft, obstinate in crossing the legendary waters of a lake
willing to be a sea.
The sighs of the wind shiver, slap and fatten
the sails of the solitary craft, headed by a man of elusive eyes and
prominent cheekbones that knows the whims of the Titicaca, the
highest navigable lake in the world (3,810 m.a.s.l.) and the bigger
in extension in South America, With an area of 8,300 square
The fragile silhouette disappears diving in the fog. The fog cover
the blued immensity of the Titicaca, the cradle of the biggest
empire in the Pre Columbian America, because of its cold and calm
waters, Manco Capac and Mama Ocllo arose and founded the Incan
society in the heights of Cuzco, following an order given by their
father, the Sun
Source of life, myths and legends, the lake is
located in the highland of Bolivia and Peru, becoming a natural
border between both countries. In the Bolivian area, the islands of
El Sol, Suriki and Kalahuta, are rural but fascinating places, in
which the features of the old Andean cultures can still be perceived.
But the islands of weavers of rafts and expert fishermen are not the
only attractions. In the lake proximities is located the bucolic
town of Copacabana (department of La Paz), home of the miraculous
Virgen Morena. The image -venerated by the whole highland- was
carved by a descendant of the Inca.
Finally, the father Sun becomes present and completes his duty of
offering his heat to these lands of the Andes and the fog disappears.
The sun shines in the transparent sky.
Here is not any unconcluded line in the horizon anymore. The waters
glow. The Titicaca moves for its overwhelming beauty and its
pretension to be a sea.
The highest Captal in the World
La Paz was founded; headquarters of the
government of Bolivia and capital of the department of the same name.
Since its foundation, the city has known how to harmonize those
features of its cultural and architectural inheritance, with
discreet flashes of modernity that constitute authentic brushstrokes
of the future in the andean height.
Squares invaded by hundreds of hungry doves... peace doves?, markets
of crafts in which words in quechua and aymara are whispered, a
valley that resembles to the moon surface, streets in perpetual
ascent that end in sublime colonial churches... but, it is necessary
to walk slowly, to avoid the rigors of the 3,640 m.a.s.
La Cordillera Real.
Santa Cruz, Beni
LA CORDILLERA REAL
SANTA CRUZ, BENI