Samaipata is a small town in the Santa Cruz Department Bolivia at an altitude of 1600m.

Get in

Samaipata street scene

By car

Get around

Walk The easiest way to get around the pueblo is on foot.

Taxi Most day excursions require a taxi. Agree fare before departing, local ride costs 10bs, Cuevas return with 2 wait will set you back for 80bs.

Motorbike Martin - the Dutch guy rents motorbikes, he lives in direction of Zoo, ask around for his number or pay him a visit. Easy to drive and fun for a day trip to Cuevas or El Fuerte.


Walk 2km out of town from near the mercado municipal to the animal refugio. (Signposted along the way). There are some birds and monkeys and other animals which like to play and say hello. 7 BOL.


El Fuerte

Other tourist attractions are the following areas:



La Oveja Negra Owned by a Dutch couple and run by friendly youngsters, this bar has a pub feel to it.

Che Wilson Populated by teenagers and open only on the weekends, this place is still one of the only spots in the sleepy village for 'nightlife'.


Hot water showers, dorm or private rooms are available and fresh breakfast is included. She also has a local contact named "Don Gilberto" who is the original hiker tour guide of the village. Call for reservations or just arrive.

Go next

Bus to Sucre is 70 bolivanos. However, road is in really bad shape and journey can easily take whole day. Flight from Santa Cruz is very cheap (less than $50) and takes only 30min! Taking a bus is not really safe, either.

You can go to Mairana by Taxi/Truffi for 7 Bs and then get a Bus at 8 am to Cochabamba (40 bs). It will get there around 6.30 pm. The road is approx. 70 % not paved so expect a bumby ride.


There is a Banco Union on Campero with an ATM.

The Cooperativa la Merced will give cash advance on Visa or Mastercard during working hours, you can also get cash advance in nearby Mairana.

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