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Buena Vista

Perched on a small hill overlooking the magnificent Parque Nacional Amboró, 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 – the average temperature here is 25°C. It’s also very easy to get to – less than two hours ride from Santa Cruz.

Buena Vista was founded in 1694 under the name Misión Jesuítica de los Santos Desposorios de José y María. 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 village’s unique location is one of its biggest assets, and it’s extremely easy to arrange trips to camps inside Parque Nacial Amboró, 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 Río Surutú, 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.


Other places nearby Buena Vista: San Javier, Concepción, Vallegrande, Villamontes, Yacuiba, La Higuera, San Ignacio De Velasco, San Miguel de Velasco, San José de Chiquitos and The Bolivian Pantanal.

30 Mar 2010

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Inglesia de los Santos Desposorios and Plaza Principal

Buena Vista’s original church was constructed in the early 18th century, not long after the founding of the Jesuit Mission in 1694. It was built by Friar Martin Schmid, the architect behind many of ...
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Curichi Marsh

Situated less than two km south of Buena Vista, Curichi Marsh provides a great spot to go bird watching and enjoy nature. The reserve is made up of 380 hectares of wetlands and forest and has a large ...
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Río Surutú

One of the most popular spots to visit near Buena Vista is the Río Surutú. Here you can swim in the clear waters, lounge around on the sandy beaches or have a picnic. It’s particularly popular ...
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