About This Listing
Lodge with colonial style located in the Lomas de Arena Regional Park in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia. It has a private bathroom (shower an WC), one bedroom with double bed plus a sofa-bed for 2 more people, as well as a terrace with hammocks.
A lodge with colonial style located in the Lomas de Arena Regional Park in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia. It has a private bathroom (shower an WC), one bedroom with bed for two and plus a sofa-bed for 2 more peopke, as well as a terrace with hammocks to enjoy the fresh air and the surrounding nature. The price includes breakfast (fresh fruits, juice, coffee, milk, bred and eggs. The lodge is surrounded by forest, so no restaurants are available nearby, but we offer half and full board as well including some traditional dishes from the region(majao, locro) by request. The main surrounding places to visit are the sand dunes which are more or less 1 km far away, a birdwatching tower y and the small rivers that cross the Park. Public transportation (Bus or micro from line 21 RED (ROJA) (Destination Los Lotes, last stop) stops 200 m before the main entrance of the Lomas de Arena Park. From there, you will be picked up by a 4 x 4 truck and drive to the Lodge.
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Interaction with Guests
I like to interact with my guests if they want to. I know very well the surrounding flora and fauna and want to share my interest with all my guests. I will always be present during the guest`s stay.
The neighborhood is a countryside, surrounded by forest, savannah, sand dunes, with many bird species; is an island of peace hard to believe that is so close to the city!
Public transportation (Bus or micro from line 21 RED (ROJA) (Destination Los Lotes) stop 200 m before the main entrance of the Lomas de Arena Park. You can also take a taxi from downtown for 6 to 7 $USd that will drop you in the main entrance to the Park. Please, ask the taxi driver before if he known how to arrive to the main entrance of the Lomas de Arena Régional Park.
Other Things to Note
I offer half board (meal or dinner) for 12.5 $USd per person per day and full board for 25 $USd per person per day. Breakfast is included in the price per night.
I only ask guest to avoid loud music or noises, non excess drinking or smoking inside the lodge.
What a wonderful place to escape the city! The adventure begins when Chiquitin meets you at the entrance to the park in a four wheel drive vehicle. You cross a river and through a bit of the park to get to his place. The cabin is very comfortable and well equipped. The first morning we left at 6am to walk to the sand dunes. We didn't see another person or vehicle. But we did see: a monkey, fox and many birds including the Greater Rhea (similar to Ostrich), burrowing owls and lots of toucanillos. Chiquitin lent us bird books to help us identify the many birds. We also enjoyed the chorus of insect sounds in the evenings. The cabin is very isolated but if you enjoy nature you will enjoy a stay with Chiquitin!
Chiquitin and Eveline made me feel very welcome.
They took care of me like their own family and gave me the privacy I needed.
The lodge and the sand dunes are the best place to relax and leave all your stress behind.
Evenline is an amazing cook and I advise everyone to enjoy her meals!
My experience at Chiquitin's home was nothing short of incredible. He was very communicative from the beginning and the most gracious/attentive host I've ever met. I was the first solo traveler Chiquitin had hosted, and I could tell this was new territory. However, he and Evelyn could not have handled it better. As soon as I arrived, he drove me and Evelyn's two beautiful, sweet children to the sand dunes where we went on a walk and got to know each other. He is very easy to talk to but also gave me the perfect amount of privacy. The property (including the private guest house and small tree house for bird watching) is gorgeous and Evelyn's food is out of this world! The best Bolivian food I've had to date! Oh, did I mention the animals??? 6 cats, 5 dogs... and they're all the sweetest. Two nights were spending drifting off in a hammock with a cat curled up while sleeping in my lap. It was heaven. Gracias, Chiquitin, for your hospitality. I hope we cross paths again soon.
Sin duda alguna lo mejor de nuestro viaje a Bolivia a sido hospedarnos en la cabaña de Chiquitín y poder compartir excelentes momentos hablando de todo: política, historia, naturaleza... y también sobre futbol español y el gran clásico Madrid-Barcelona.
La cabaña esta situada en un lugar idílico, es un paraiso terrenal donde puedes observar y escuchar las aves en libertad, además de estar muy cerca de las Lomas de Arena. La cabaña tiene todas las comodidades que puedes necesitar, además de ser una construcción respetuosa con el medio ambiente y muy integrada con el medio que la rodea. Dispone de un mirador para las aves construido por Chiquitin, al igual que la casa, que ha sido elaborada totalmente por el anfitrion.
En cuanto a los servicios ofrecidos, cabe remarcar el excelente desayuno y la comida que se ofrece. Puedes degustar platos tipicos de la zona y de la cocina tradicional y lo mas importante es que empiezas el dia con un desayuno de aquellos que no te puedes acabar.
My partner and I recently enjoyed two lovely days at Chiquitín's lodge, escaping from our busy travels for some relaxing. Chiquitín is a great host and very hospitable, communication right from the start was excellent, arranging a taxi for us, taking us to see the dunes and explaining the area to us. His housekeeper Evelyn is lovely too and makes such nice food. You are definitely not left hungry at any stage. Her husband and two children are very sweet as well and polite. The lodge is a lovely place to explore the surrounding walks at the dunes and relax on the hammock reading. Chiquitín's lodge is extremely comfortable with plenty of space and friendly animals. The hand picked flowers from the garden were a lovely touch also. We both thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would definitely not hesitate to recommend it to others.
the lodge is beautiful and it's a perfect spot to start exploring Boivia natural parks.
Chiquitin will give you all the info you need and will explain you something more about this country.
After enjoying some great Evelyn's dinner you'll spend a pleasant evening talking to Chiquitin.
He's a precious host indeed.
We had a really cool, relaxed time at Lomas de Arena park. Chiquitín was a fantastic host, he built the house himself, he's easy to talk with and welcoming, and Evelin's food was delicious, home cooked and very healthy! We spent a morning in the sand dunes and a very lazy afternoon reading and relaxing on the hammock (there's a great book collection) A few notes for my fellow travellers... The house is out of the way, don't expect to pop into Santa Cruz for a day or an afternoon. This also means that there's not any other food or activity options, and the food is delicious but not cheap by Bolivian standards. Overall I would definitely recommend this place for a short relaxing stay, 5 stars, thank you :)
About the Host, Chiquitín
I grew up Santa Cruz de la Sierra, studied in Brasil and Germany and went back to Bolivia to work as mechanical engineer. Now I am retired and live surrounded by nature, enjoying my pets (dogs, cats), good reading and the peace of the countryside. I speek spanish, german and portuguese, and understand litle french and italian and would Iove to get in contact with people from other countries. I would like to be your host to share with you my passion, which is living peacefully in the countryside, surrounded by an exuberant and beautiful flora and fauna.