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Biocentro Güembé - Other Activity Santa Cruz - Bolivia

Km 7, on the road to Pongo, zona Los Batos, Tel: 3-370-0541, The world’s biggest butterfly dome, a 2,500 square meter bird aviary, a network of natural swimming pools and an orchid exhibition are just some of the activities on offer at Biocentro Güembé – a 24 hectare nature complex seven kilometers from the edge of the city. The center was conceived with the idea of promoting Santa Cruz’s spectacular natural environment and it’s the perfect place to spend a day or two getting back to nature. The butterfly dome contains 180 native species (Bolivia has over 3,000 native species of butterfly) housed in a tropical garden. You can be guided around the site by a local expert, while being surrounded by hundreds of the colorful insects.

As well as displaying a variety of local species the bird aviary also has a 30 meter observation tower with stunning views across near-by Parque Nacional Amboró and Santa Cruz city. The orchid exhibition displays 240 different kinds of orchid, and there’s also a termite vervarium and art farm along the trail, and a monkey island.

Other activities at the park include horse-riding, mountain biking, kayaking, fishing, nature walks a large kiddies’ play area, a meditation center and a beauty centeroffering massages and treatments.

You can camp on the grounds and there are also a variety of air-conditioned cabañas available, which house between two and six people. Accommodation cost includes the park entrance fee and a guided tour . The entrance fee (adults $10, children $4) includes access to the butterfly dome and other nature exhibitions, and gives you the opportunity to roam at will amongst the grounds. Activities like horse-riding and mountain biking are extra. A taxi from the city center costs about $7 each way.

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Here are other activities in and around Santa Cruz that may be of interest: Jardín Zoologico, Water Parks and Swimming and Parque Ecológico Yvaga Guazú.

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