Samaipata and Amboró

In times gone by, Samaipata was a
'pascana'
or rest stop for people undertaking the arduous journey form Potosí, Sucre and Cochabamba to the tropical lowlands of Santa Cruz, and vice-versa. It remains today a most congenial spot for travellers to rest and acclimatize to changes in altitude and temperature. Samaipata is also popular among Cruceños, who flock here on weekends and holidays to escape the oppressive heat of the city, and to party. Close by is El Fuerte, the easternmost outpost of the Inca Empire, with the largest sculpted rock in South America.

Samaipata's wonderful setting and climate, excellent selection of hotels and restaurants, and access to Parque Nacional Amboró, all make it well worth a visit. It also remains strategically located for those travelling from Santa Cruz to Cochabamba via the old mountain road, to Vallegrande and the
Che Guevara Trail
as well as on to Sucre.

Parque Nacional Amboró is a 637,600-ha territory only three hours west of Santa Cruz. 442,500 ha (or roughly 70%) is set aside as exclusive parkland, while the remaining 195,100 ha is an integrated-use area or buffer zone. This beautiful national park can be accessed from either Samaipata in the highlands to the south, or Buena Vista in the lowlands to the north.

This is edited copy from Footprint Handbooks. For comprehensive details (incl address, tel no, directions, opening times and prices) please refer to book or individual chapter PDF
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