Santa Cruz de la Sierra Bolivia

Map of Bolivia

Bolivia, officially known as the Plurinational State (multiracial nation) of Bolivia, is a landlocked country located in western-central South America. It borders Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina, Chile and Peru. One-third of the country is the Andean mountain range.

Before Spanish colonization, the Andean region of Bolivia was part of the Inca Empire, while the northern and eastern lowlands were inhabited by independent tribes.

Arrived at the International Airport Santa Cruz Bolivia.

Santa Cruz de la Sierra is the capital of the department Santa Cruz in southeast Bolivia. The city has 1,441,406 inhabitants (census 2012), making it the largest city in the country.

The city of Santa Cruz is situated on the Pirai River in eastern Bolivia, and its metropolitan area are home to over 70% of the population of the department and it is one of the fastest-growing cities in the world.

Viru Viru International Airport Santa Cruz Bolivia

Santa Cruz City Map

The next flight was a few hours later, so we decided to take a taxi to the city center of Santa Cruz de la Sierra.

From the airport we are going the city center of Santa Cruz.

Arrived in the Plaza 24 de Septiembre. Cathedral of Santa Cruz and Museum of Independence.

The “Plaza 24 de Septiembre” main square is one of the most important meeting points of the city.

We are wandering in the central garden of the Plaza 24 de Septiembre (September 24th) Santa Cruz.

Several blocks around the main square on September 24th are erected colonial style buildings. Here you will find the House of Culture, Departmental Prefecture, City Hall, Metropolitan Cathedral, several interesting museums and exhibition halls.

We are getting into the Metropolitan Cathedral of Santa Cruz

The Cathedral Basilica of St. Lawrence, also called Santa Cruz de la Sierra Cathedral, is the main Catholic Church in the city of Santa Cruz de la Sierra. It is located in the city center, opposite the 24 de Septiembre Square.

Cathedral Metropolitan Basilica de San Lorenzo

The current church was built with an eclectic style in 1838. It is notable for its wooden vaults and the pictorial decoration that covers them.

The nave of the Cathedral of Santa Cruz.

The main alter and the vaults of the Cathedral.

After the Cathedral of Santa Cruz, didn’t have much time, we went to a market called “Abasto Mercado” (Farmer’s Market) hastily.

We arrived at the “Of. Mercado Abasto” Santa Cruz.

Let’s go into the building of the market.

Groceries inside market house. It seems to be many merchant’s shops.

Outdoor stalls of the market.

The peasants from the village nearby carry farm products and sell it themselves.

It is time to come back to the airport. See you in the city of Sucre Bolivia.

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