Santa Cruz' Guembe Mariposario:
A Piece of Bolivian Paradise
Photo : Jane Allan
The Guembe Mariposario is a beautiful place located in one of the biggest cities of Bolivia; Santa Cruz. This Mariposario is the perfect place to go when you are tired of travelling and just want to relax for a couple of days. This paradise has all the opportunities to give you a few days of relaxing. Are you a nature lover? Then you definitely have to visit the garden with the largest amount of butterflies and a great diverse collection of orchids. Apart from the garden, there is a lot more to discover!
You will never forget a day at this biocenter. The only thing you have to forget as soon as possible is the price. You have to pay 150 Bolivianos (around 21 USD) but it is definitely worth it. Do not forget that you cannot bring your own bottles. When we were there we had to empty our full bottle of juice. I can tell you that this is very difficult.
There are a lot of animals to see in Guembe Mariposario, for example; turtles, birds, parrots and peacocks. The most amazing animal you will discover somewhere in the park is the toucan. The toucan is very colourful and you can get really close and take beautiful pictures. There is also a special garden with only butterflies. The butterflies in this garden all have different sizes and colors. Some were flying all the time while others were lying dead on the ground. After the botanical garden you can enjoy the swimming pools or walk around the monkey-island. A fun experience because the monkeys are constantly looking at you.
No swimming suit
When you ask someone in Santa Cruz about the garden, they will tell you only about the amazing amount of butterflies, parrots, peacocks and other tropical birds in the garden and that it is one of the most beautiful places in Santa Cruz. They will not tell you about the unbelievable swimming paradise which is also part of the park. We did not know anything about these mineral water pools; so we had no swimming suit with us. It was quite funny that four travelers where at a swimming pool with 15(!) swimming pools and could only feel the water with their feet. We tried everything to go swimming, but nothing worked out. You can buy swimming suits at the boutique, but only if you want to pay more than 500 Bs. (72 USD) For them. But we enjoyed everything!
This place can definitely be recommended for everyone. For not using the swimming pools it is maybe quite a lot of money but it is really worth it. We will never forget our swimming suits anymore during our next adventures! The swimming pools look like fairy tales. They are surrounded by many trees, rocks, and other nature and of course a lot of people. Everyone can enjoy it here. When you have your swimming suit with you and want to be there for more days, it is possible! You only have to look for the reception somewhere in the forest and you can stay in one of the beautiful bungalows in front of the lagoon. Enjoy your time and relax!
The Guembe Biocenter botanical garden is open 365 days a year from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The entrance is 70 bs for adults and 30 bs for children. There is a fee for any additional activities. The additional activities are: Horseback riding (10 Bs), Horse and buggy rides (5 Bs.) and biking (20 Bs. per hour and 15 Bs. per ½ hour).Source http://www.boliviabella.com/guembe.html