The colonial town of Samaipata is considered the southern terminus of the Inca empire and is located 120km (74,56 miles) from Santa Cruz. At 1650m above sea level (5413,40 feet), the area has a cooler, temperate climate and is a popular weekend destination for Cruzeños.
On our 2-day journey, we depart from Santa Cruz after breakfast and will enjoy seeing the city slip away and the landscape transition from lowland rainforest to sandstone mountains covered with forest. Before lunch, we will make a stop at the town museum to learn about the history of human activity in the region. From the museum, we will check-in at our hotel, have a traditional lunch and head off to the UNESCO World Heritage archeological site known as El Fuerte. After visiting the site, we head back to town and you have a free evening to stroll along the cobblestone streets and enjoy the beautiful gardens and views.
The next morning, after breakfast your guide will take you to visit the Forest of the Ferns, a Cloud Forest ecosystem notable for the giant ferns that grow there and the incredible biodiversity for which it provides habitat. We will take a 3-hour hike through the forest before returning to Samaipata for lunch and some free time. In the afternoon we return to Santa Cruz and we can leave you at the airport for your next flight, or in your hotel if you are staying longer.
Difficulty: 3: Moderate walking, hilly terrain*
Itinerary: Day 1: Santa Cruz – Samaipata – El Fuerte – Samaipata; Day 2: Samaipata – Giant Fern Forest – Samaipata – Santa Cruz
Highlights: Pre-Inca site, Natural adventure, Giant ferns, Picturesque town in the valley, Place of peace and mystic powder
Price: Upon Request
Inclusions: Bi-lingual guide, private transport, lunch, entrance fees, lodging
* Click here for details on program difficulty level