How to get in Samaipata
From Sta Cruz city, it's the easiest way to take a taxi to one of the two Samaipata taxis, Avenida Omar Chávez Ortiz / esquina Soliz de Olguin, tel. 333 5067, OR Samaipata 'El Fuerte', (tel. 359 8958), Calla Aruma, Avenida Grigota, just after the 'segundo anillo' on right hand side. A taxi fills up with 4-6 persons (depends if it's a small taxi or a van), which pay 30 Bs each. When having 4-5 persons together (or when you want just an expreso and pay the 120-150 Bs), you can call them, to be picked up from your ho(s)tel. The drive takes about 2 ½ hours and the route is very scenic and most beautiful in the early morning or after 14.00 in the afternoon It's recommended to be at the taxi stop before 18.00
About 50 metres after the taxi stop in
Santa Cruz, at the same side of the street, leaves a microbus at 17.00
(15 Bs, be there at 16.45). Microbuses (15 Bs) leave from Plaza Oruro / Avenida Grigota,
at 16.15, be there before 16.00.
Another option is the (spacious) microbus from Expreso Mairana leaving at the same time.
To find them, cross the Avenida Grigota and turn left, close to Expreso
Saipina. You're lucky if that day their big red bus leaves, with more
spacious seats and nice views due to the altitude of the bus ! Getting
in Samaipata, you can ask the taxi to drop you at Andoriña,
as well as the microbuses. Others pay to get you into their place, we
From / To Sucre,
Cochabamba & Vallegrande
(NOW THERE'S DIRECT BUS FROM CBBA TO SPATA !)
Coming from Sucre (it´s best to call for a reservation):
WARN the BUSDRIVER SEVERAL TIMES TO STOP at the ENTRANCE OF TOWN,
you can set your alarm clock ! Normally you´ll get in Samaipata
between 4-7 am (take the last possible bus from Sucre). To get here:
it´s VERY SAFE to walk at night and it only takes 4 minutes
to Andoriña; walk into town and turn right after 100 m - walk
another 300 m down and up - turn left upwards a dirt road - we´re
on top after 200 m where you can see several lights above our door
in front of another hostel, please ring the night bell. Have a little
patience, but we´ll open the door !
The night trip to Sucre takes 11 hours from here, to Vallegrande 3
hours. From Vallegrande you can take a taxi to Pucará and La Higuera,
where Che Guevara was killed in 1967. In La Higuera are two
places to sleep, what we recommend, because it takes at least five hours
from S'pata to get there.
To continue your trip to Cochabamba, you can take a bus from Mairana (25 minutes from here) by the old mountain road - beautiful landscapes ! - every day. More information is available here. Coming FROM Cochabamba, you can take a DIRECT bus from a bus stop at Avenida 6 de Agosto, PLAZA JOSE CUADROS. This leaves every day except Saturday at aprox. 7.30-8.00. It´s best to buy your ticket the afternoon before, before 18.00.