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Welcome to Samaipata


Two hours southwest of Santa Cruz lies the tiny village of Samaipata, home to a diverse array of local tribes and some beautiful examples of Spanish colonial architecture. Samaipata has several important attractions, more so than one would expect from a town of its size; including El Fuerte, a set of pre-Incan ruins designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site; and the waterfalls of Las Cuevas. Samaipata is also conveniently located near stunning natural attractions like the diverse flora and fauna of Amboro Park; the 3.5 mile (5,700m) tall Condor Mountain, considered the Matterhorn of the Andes; and the stunning 262-foot (80m) La Pajcha Waterfall. Samaipata is also home to the former grave of Ernesto 'Che' Guevara, and is the start and finish point of the Che Guevara Trail, which visits sites of interest including his guerrilla camp and school.

Information & Facts

Spanish is the official language, but only 60 to 70% of the people actually speak it, and then often only as a second language. The other main languages are Quechua and Aymar.

The official currency is the Boliviano (BOB), which is divided into 100 centavos, and is tied to the US Dollar. Money can be exchanged at exchange bureaux called casio de cambiosin the main centres, at banks and hotels. Banking facilities are good in the main cities and ATMs cater for Visa, Cirrus and MasterCard. Many hotels and other tourist-oriented institutions accept US Dollars. Major credit cards, including MasterCard, Diners, Visa and American Express, are accepted in the bigger hotels, restaurants and shops. Travellers cheques can be exchanged in casio de cambiosin the major cities and are best taken in US Dollars to avoid additional charges.

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