is in the “Elbow of the Andes”, a sub-andean region,
where the range changes its direction towards the south. It’s
typically mountains, with big depressions and drops of altitude in
different levels. The southern part has a topography of low hills and it
bellows to the humid rainforest or Yungas. It has an extension of
637,600 hectares/6,576 km2 and height variation from 3,300 m/11,000 ft
to 300 m/1,000 ft.
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Sample 2 day itinerary:
DAY 1. SANTA CRUZ /
EL FUERTE / SAMAIPATA
Departure from Santa Cruz to
Samaipata (120 km – 2 ˝ hours), a trip with a view of great
sub-Andean beauty, arriving at the „El Fuerte“ Ruins, the largest
example of pre-Hispanic rock architecture in South America. Arrival
at Samaipata, registration at the hotel. Visit a museum and tour of
the town. Lunch and dinner included.
DAY 2. SAMAIPATA / LA
YUNGA (Amboro National Park) / SANTA CRUZ
Breakfast in town and
departure to La Yunga, 30 km from Samaipata. Hike approximately
one-and-a-half hour through the giant fern forest. Return to
Samaipata for lunch, and then return to Santa Cruz with a short stop
at the waterfalls at Las Cuevas. Breakfast and Lunch included.