Visit to Parque Lomas de Arena

If you ever find yourself in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, be sure to spend a couple of nights in this nature retreat. Check Chiquitin’s AirBnB listing. We had two peaceful nights in his cosy cottage, surrounded by chirping birds and beauty of the natural park setting. The family dog, Artos, also stole our hearts as he periodically visited us for cuddles while we were relaxing in hammocks.

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The national park is home to sand dunes which we had the pleasure of exploring all by ourselves. The feeling of running down the dunes is just exhilarating. The wind and the vastness of sand makes the tough climb on top of the dunes worth it. Be careful though when rolling in the sand – I got bitten by a fire ant and the big painful bite was with me for days.

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The park is also has some pretty impressive cacti and trees. Some of the cacti even grow from the roofs of abandoned buildings.

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And the park is great for long afternoon walks and bird spotting.

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