Samaipata, Santa Cruz de la Sierra

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Samaipata, Bolivia
Samaipata, Bolivia © Patrick Furlong


Two hours' drive southwest of Santa Cruz lies the tiny village of Samaipata, home to a diverse array of local tribes and some beautiful examples of Spanish colonial architecture. Samaipata has several important attractions - more so than one would expect from a town of its size - including El Fuerte, a set of pre-Incan ruins designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the waterfalls of Las Cuevas. Samaipata is also conveniently located near stunning natural attractions like the diverse flora and fauna of Amboro Park; the three-and-a-half-mile (5,700m) tall Condor Mountain, considered the Matterhorn of the Andes; and the stunning 262 feet (80m) high La Pajcha Waterfall. Samaipata is also home to the former grave of Ernesto 'Che' Guevara, and is the start and end point of the Che Guevara Trail, which visits sites of interest including his guerrilla camp and school.
Tour operator G.A.P Adventures has for the past 14 years specialised in unique, small group, grassroots adventure travel experiences in the world's most wild places, going off the beaten track into the heart of the destination to meet the locals who call it home. G.A.P. Adventures offers several expeditions to the Bolivian Amazon and Andes.
Intrepid Travel, one of the world's leading suppliers of small group adventures, focuses on getting off the beaten track, interacting with the locals and having real life experiences throughout Bolivia.