"Some Volunteer Work, and Interaction with Locals" Santa Cruz de la Sierra by glabah
Santa Cruz de la Sierra Travel Guide: 39 reviews and 76 photos
This is probably the last page on earth you want to come for information on Santa Cruz. Much can change over the course of 8 years, and it has been that long - or at least nearly so.
I visited the city in November of 2001 as part of some volunteer service at a small church well outside the city center. Since I did not come to visit tourist attractions, and most of my time was spent doing things other than tourist activities, there isn't too much I can offer with regard to advice on this city.
I can tell you that in the Santa Cruz I visited in 2001:
+ While fairly nice, the core central downtown area has a few agressive money seekers near the main city plaza. While they won't get extremely violent if you refuse to give them something, you may expect some mild pranks, such as hiding behind objects and yelling at you to surprise you and make you jump.
+ There are a few nice memorabilia stores near the main plaza downtown.
+ The big Roman Catholic church near the main city plaza is a fairly nice place to visit, but it is also fairly dark. You don't want to use a flash in there either, as it is a holy place. Your best bet is probably a tripod and film camera, and leave the shutter open for a 5 or 10 minute or more exposure. Like I said: it's dark in there, and long exposure time is about your only recourse in there.
+ The city does have a zoo, with a number of South American animal species in it. It is not an especially nice zoo (at least it wasn't when I was there) but considering the lack of money for their operation, it is OK.
+ Once you get outside the core central downtown area, you will find that a number of city streets are simply not paved - or don't even have a good gravel or dirt surface. Some of them are almost soft sand.
+ If you are riding a public bus, it is not unusual for child to get on, play or sing a song of some sort, and then expect payment from the passengers for the entertainment provided.
+ Loans to build buildings are almost impossible to obtain by most people. Therefore, many people and organizations construct buildings piece by piece as they money and time to do the work are available. You can see such an uncompleted building in the photo at the top of the page.
glabah's Related Pages
Santa Cruz de la Sierra Travel Guide
Member Travel Pages
- "If it's Wednesday, this must be Santa Cruz"
- "A FUNCTIONAL ENTRY GATE TO BOLIVIA"
- "Santa Cruz de la Sierra"
- "Santa Cruz"
- "Human Slaves In An Insect Nation, ArrrrrAhhhhAhhh!"
- "The earth creation"
- "PKRAZY's new Santa Cruz Page"
- See All...
- Things to Do in Santa Cruz de la Sierra
- Hotels in Santa Cruz de la Sierra
- Transportation in Santa Cruz de la Sierra
- Nightlife in Santa Cruz de la Sierra
- Restaurants in Santa Cruz de la Sierra
- Shopping in Santa Cruz de la Sierra
- See All...
Badges & Stats in Santa Cruz de la Sierra
- 0 Reviews
- 16 Photos
- 0 Forum posts
- 0 Comments
- See All Stats
- See All Badges (34)
Have you been to Santa Cruz de la Sierra?Share Your Travels
Latest Activity in Santa Cruz de la Sierra
Photos in Santa Cruz de la SierraSee All Photos (16)
Top 10 Pages
- Top 5 Page for this destination Seattle Intro, 155 reviews, 743 photos, 13 travelogues
- Top 5 Page for this destination Portland Intro, 153 reviews, 645 photos, 7 travelogues
- Top 5 Page for this destination Tacoma Intro, 81 reviews, 358 photos, 2 travelogues
- Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge Intro, 26 reviews, 312 photos, 26 travelogues
- Victoria Intro, 73 reviews, 237 photos, 1 travelogue
- Top 5 Page for this destination Port Townsend Intro, 58 reviews, 218 photos, 2 travelogues
- William Finley National Wildlife Refuge Intro, 25 reviews, 208 photos, 12 travelogues
- Washougal Intro, 18 reviews, 196 photos, 15 travelogues
- Top 5 Page for this destination Salem Intro, 31 reviews, 136 photos, 4 travelogues
- Top 5 Page for this destination Bremerton Intro, 22 reviews, 123 photos, 4 travelogues