My 2nd stop: Santa Cruz in Bolivia

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entrance to Bolivia

We flew to Santa Cruz with Aerosur. This time was my first time hearing about this airline and of course flying with it. This is a small Bolivian airline. Maybe not my 1st option to fly, but was the only one with a direct flight to Santa Cruz.

 

Well, I don’t like to say bad things about anything or anyone, but I have to be honest too. I didn’t enjoy this flight very much. Why? Well, they didn’t turn on the air conditioned until we were flying. The departure was late, so we spent almost 40min, waiting and sweating, oh no!!!!! They served some food, but there was a strange and disgusting smell. That’s why we called Aerosur: Aeropedo.

arriving to the hotel
We were laughing as 2 children. The aircrew tried to be nice, but the conditions weren’t the best.

 

We arrived to Santa Cruz around 6pm and we had a small problem. It was my fault ��" I accept it. My boss and I were doing the line to go through customs. I showed my passport and Yellow Fever certificate and was ready to keep on going, but my boss couldn’t pass. What happened? He needed a Visa to visit Bolivia. I didn’t know about that!!!! I felt so bad and responsible. And he was so worried… One of the authorities approached to me, because I was the one who spoke Spanish and gave me a form. It was so incredible! You can just fill a form at the airport and they will give you a visa. So, my boss got a visa for 5 years! Wow!

 

A taxi was waiting for us.

trying another beer - Pacena
It wasn’t dark when we arrived. Usually when you think about Bolivia, you imagine somewhere in highlands and cold. But Santa Cruz is in the Rainforest and is really warm, besides the humidity. Santa Cruz is a small city, we could notice that since the minute we were landing. While we were arriving to Buenos Aires, we saw many lights and buildings, but in Santa Cruz we just saw fields and a couple of small houses.

 

The drive from the airport to the hotel took around 40min, including the time we had to wait for our bags and the time we spent trying to get the visa. Santa Cruz reminded me a lot about the cities at the Peruvian rainforest because of the weather and also about Trujillo in the north, because its designed in circles or "Anillos" as they called them.

with the best waiter ever!!! Thanks, Geimber!!!!
We arrived to the hotel. The staff was really friendly and the hotel was really nice. I called my friend just to let her know we arrived and everything was ok. After that we just had dinner at the hotel restaurant. We didn’t want to go out, not because we were tired, but we didn’t like very much the neighborhood… well, it was dark and we could hardly see something about it. Next day we noticed that the neighborhood was very nice.

 

I have heard that Bolivia is cheap, but didn’t have any idea how cheap it is! The restaurant was really good. As welcome drink I asked for the Camino Real Singani. Camino Real is the name of the hotel and Singani is a local liquor made of grapes. The waiter told me it’s similar to the pisco. It reminds me to a drink made with pisco. For dinner I had a vegetarian dish, but Blair tried something local: Pique, which had salted beef, hotdogs, French fries, tomatoes, hot red pepper and rice. Too heavy for me, especially at night.

 

After a cheap and really delicious meal, we went to the business center, checked our emails and went to sleep. I asked for a wake up call at 6:30am, so I could do some exercise before meeting my customers.

yadilitta says:
yes,cheap but beautiful!!!
Posted on: Apr 09, 2008
Morle says:
Point taken! ;-)
Posted on: Apr 08, 2008
yadilitta says:
well, you might be right. Also I was arriving from Buenos Aires, another big city. Santa Cruz could be small, but is nice and the people are so friendly :)
Posted on: Apr 08, 2008
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entrance to Bolivia
entrance to Bolivia
arriving to the hotel
arriving to the hotel
trying another beer - Pacena
trying another beer - Pacena
with the best waiter ever!!! Thank…
with the best waiter ever!!! Than…
inside the hotel
inside the hotel
Camino Real Singani. A typical dri…
Camino Real Singani. A typical dr…
Huari, a local beer
Huari, a local beer
traditional dish: Pique a lo Macho…
traditional dish: Pique a lo Mach…
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