Santa Cruz, Bolivia Travel Guide

Last updated: 2021
All prices in US dollars
Cost of living metrics are based on minimum living expenses for one person

 

Santa Cruz (or, Santa Cruz de la Sierra) is the capital and largest city of the Bolivian department of Santa Cruz. It is known as being one of the economically productive and successful cities in the country — the standard of living and quality of life here is considered to be among the best out of any Bolivian city.

POPULATION: 1,500,000

 

WEATHER IN SANTA CRUZ

Yearly temperatures range from 15°C to 31°C. May to September is a good time to visit to avoid the rain and heat.

 

SAFETY IN SANTA CRUZ

Although likely the most “dangerous” city in Bolivia, Santa Cruz is nevertheless safe by Latin American standards. Normal precautions should be fine here. Avoid walking around after dark, and leave the fancy jewellery at home. You should be fine walking around the city during daylight hours.

 

MUST DO

Visit the Yvaga Guazú nature park.

 

RENT AN APARTMENT IN SANTA CRUZ

Your minimum budget for renting an apartment here should be around $450/month.

If you want to rent an apartment for a short period of time — just to make sure the city is right for you before committing to a longterm apartment contract — we suggest using Airbnb.

 

COST OF LIVING IN SANTA CRUZ

$1300/month is a good monthly budget for Santa Cruz.

 

DATING IN SANTA CRUZ

Latin American Cupid allows you to talk with singles in Santa Cruz and set up dates before you arrive in the country. For this reason, we recommend it.

 

LEARNING SPANISH IN SANTA CRUZ

If you want to meet women in Latin America, you will need to know a bit of Spanish. PickUp Spanish is an entertaining and informative course that teaches Latin American Spanish in a way that is geared toward meeting and dating latinas!

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JOB OPPORTUNITIES IN SANTA CRUZ

Aside from starting your own tour agency, there aren’t many job opportunities for foreigners here.

 

IS THERE UBER IN SANTA CRUZ

Yes, UBER operates in Santa Cruz.

 

IS SANTA CRUZ A GOOD PLACE TO LIVE?

We consider Santa Cruz to be an underrated expat destination. The city has all the amenities you’d need, it’s surrounded by pleasant nature and worthwhile day trips, it’s affordable and it’s safe by Latin America standards. We expect this destination to grow in popularity among both expats and travelers in the coming years.