Perched on a small hill overlooking the magnificent Parque Nacional AmborÃ³, the village of Buena Vista is surrounded by natural beauty and has an unrivalled laid-back vibe. This is the perfect place to come and explore the national park and surrounding countryside, or spend a few days relaxing in the subtropical climate â€“ the average temperature here is 25Â°C. Itâ€™s also very easy to get to â€“ less than two hours ride from Santa Cruz.
Buena Vista was founded in 1694 under the name MisiÃ³n JesuÃtica de los Santos Desposorios de JosÃ© y MarÃa. It was one of the first Jesuit Misiones to be founded in the country and it is believed that the Jesuits of Buena Vista were responsible for introducing coffee to Bolivia (others argue that it was introduced to the Yungas region first). Although not one of the main Bolivian Jesuit Misiones, Buena Vista has its own Baroque choir and orchestra.
The villageâ€™s unique location is one of its biggest assets, and itâ€™s extremely easy to arrange trips to camps inside Parque Nacial AmborÃ³, which are run by local communities. You can also do a tour of the local coffee farms, which form an important part of community life, visit the RÃo SurutÃº, or go bird watching at the Curichi Marsh. The main plaza is more like a leafy park, with a landscaped walkway on one side. There are a number of cafes and restaurants here, plus the church. A few hotels can be found here too, but the majority of accommodation is situated outside of the center.