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How is it possible to explain the magic of the Rainbow Waterfalls, the peace of mind at El Refugio, the experience of watching a harpy eagle up close? Once you are aware of so much beauty, you will fully understand why 'Noel Kempff' National Park is one of UNESCO's World Natural Heritage Sites and constitutes one of the top attractions in the department of Santa Cruz.

Eco-tourism imposes itself well at the Orchids' Bay, the Monkey's Lookout and the cliffs along Caparuch Plateau. These places are just a fraction of what awaits you in the Park's 91.400-km² surface area, located along the Brazilian border and traversed by the Iténez, Paucena and Paraguá Rivers. A bit of Amazon flatland, another bit of subtropical forest and a good share of diverse vegetation, make up incomparably beautiful natural scenery, complemented by a few archeological sites.

Santa Cruz de la Sierra, on the Paraí River's shores, is one of Bolivia's most dazzling cities within this region. Walk around the town and visit: the Metropolitan Cathedral and its Sacred Arts Museum; the Ethno folkloric Museum, Monseñor Rivero Avenue, famous for its cuisine; and the Metropolitan Square, flanked by outstanding public buildings and museums.

The city is closely related to its surrounding nature. It features an open zoo, a botanical garden, Noel Kempff Mercado Natural History Museum, the lagoon in 'El Arenal' Park, the Urban Park and the shores of the Piraí River, just to mention a few.

Santiago de Chiquitos, northwest of Santa Cruz, preserve some of the ancient Jesuit missions. Unlike similar constructions existing in other South American countries, these missions are still active: San Rafael, San Javier, Concepción, San José, San Ignacio, San Miguel and Santa Ana. They are also World Heritage Sites.

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