Samaipata/Santa Cruz Road, Santa Cruz

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Scenic Drive Tourist Spot
Enjoy the remarkable scenery as you drive along Samaipata/Santa Cruz Road. The old road connecting the ruins at Samaipata with the city of Santa Cruz spans 120 km (75 mi), offering memorable views and some points of interest to add to your trip. Make stops along the way, including a colossal red rock jutting out from the landscape and a serene crater lake near the rim of a volcano. Drive carefully--the poorly maintained road can be dicey, especially after heavy rainfalls. Use our Santa Cruz trip itinerary planner to arrange your visit to Samaipata/Santa Cruz Road and other attractions in Santa Cruz.
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  • It is a place to meet. A small town that looks like it would have been in time. Extremely quiet; walking through its streets and main square. Close to the Fort which is also an interesting point to visit. The road up is complicated because it is not maintained unfortunately. From Santa Cruz there are combis or taxi to move there and approximately 2:45 are what it takes to arrive. It is not recommended at all to travel at night or when there are no light.
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  • Beautiful nature, forest protected by the Government. The Fort of Samaipata is a world-class archaeological place. Shocking petroglyphs. Worse, the road in bad condition and dangerous.!
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  • Samaipata is a so nice and quiet place that is worth the trip. It is not an excellent road, but if it is not rainy season can be in maximum 3 hours enjoying the changes in topography and landscape. It's a beautiful walk and recommend if you can not go and back in the day to be able to visit the nearby near samaipata waterfalls and El Fuerte
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Accommodations in Santa Cruz lie within the limits of the Cuarto Anillo, while the areas outside of the ring road remain largely residential. The north of Barrio Equipetrol houses the city's glitziest and most luxurious hotels, offering extensive lists of amenities, including popular fine-dining restaurants, swimming pools, and spas. Head closer to the center of town for more budget-friendly options, including no-frills hotels, pleasant guesthouses set in formerly residential buildings, and backpacker-friendly hostels.
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