The cattle ranching town of San Borja is situated 230 kilometers west of the department capital, Trinidad, and 130 kilometers from San Ignacio de Mojos. Its proximately to the Reserva BiosfÃ©rica del Beni means that there are eco-tourism opportunities nearby and itâ€™s an important area for handicrafts, both textiles and weavings made from the jatata palm.
San Borja was founded in the late 17th century, but, like many towns in the region, had to be moved several times due to flooding in the rainy season. Today, itâ€™s an important town along the La Paz, Trinidad, Riberalta route and the area is also known as a coca-growing region. Most people visiting the town do so to go to the reserve, which is definitely the main attraction in town.
San Borja is well served by hotels, with Hotel San Borja (Tel: 3-895-3291/3133) on the main plaza being the most popular place to stay, supplying a range of rooms from budget to midrange. Hostal Jatata (Tel: 3-895-3103) has a nice terrace and also comes recommended, as does TrÃ³pico (Calle Antofagasta, a block from the main plaza) for clean, basic rooms. For food, your best bet is to try the hotels, or there are a few small family restaurants in the centre, near the plaza.
The town is served by a PRODEM bank (Avenida Selim Majuf), a Banco UniÃ³n (Calle La Paz) and phone shops. As in most Amazonian towns, moto-taxis are the best way to get around.
Other places nearby San Borja: Santa Ana del Yacuma , Parque Nacional Noel Kempff Mercado, Rurrenabaque, The Southwest, Salt Flats and Wine Regions, GuayaramerÃn, Trinidad, Cobija, Magdalena, Chiquitos and San Ignacio de Moxos.