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) and/or vegetarian and vegans dishes 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. For vegetarian and vegans, I can offer special dishes on request. Please, let me know in advance uf any special need.
No loud music allowed.
No smoking inside the lodge
No cooking inside the lodge (no kitchen available).
Our plane was rerouted to Santa Cruz so instead of waiting around in the airport all day, we decided to head to Chiquitin's little slice of paradise. After our taxi driver found the front gate, we were greeted by Chiquitin in his Land Rover, with a big smile on his face. He drove us back to his property where we were met with cold glasses of pineapple (rind) juice, then spent the afternoon relaxing in the hammocks and exploring the sand dunes. Since the property is so far from town, I highly recommend having at least 1/2 board (if you eat vegetarian, give a heads up - Evelyn is more than willing to accommodate and made me a delicious vegetable-heavy feast) (my husband went with the meat option and was more than satisfied). We wound up falling asleep around 8PM and slept for nearly 12 hours straight, then woke the next morning to the rooster and enjoyed yet another delicious meal - this time comprised of fresh fruit, eggs, bread, jams, and tea/coffee. Unfortunately we only had one day to spend at Chiquitin's, but I dream of coming back and staying for a few more. Before we left he told us that if we ran into any trouble during our month-long trip, to give him a call; that we were not only his guests, but his friends (needless to say, I got out of his car with big tears in my eyes). He is truly a rarity in the world of Airbnb hosts and is one of the most kind and genuine people we've ever met. All that to say: you'd be a fool to pass up the opportunity to stay in Chiquitin's beautiful guesthouse.
Die Unterkunft liegt sehr reizvoll und ruhig in der Nähe des Sanddünenschutzgebiets. Unsere Erwartungen wurden deutlich übertroffen, da das Gästehaus sehr stil- und liebevoll eingerichtet ist und schöne Annehmlichkeiten (z.B. bequeme Hängematten) und kleine Aufmerksamkeiten (z.B. frische Blumen im Zimmer) den Aufenthalt noch zusätzlich optimieren. Das Gästehaus wird von einem schönen Garten umgeben, der zum Entspannen einlädt.
Wir hatten Vollpension und das Essen war sehr gut (regionale Küche).
Wir werden unseren Aufenthalt vor allem deswegen in sehr schöner Erinnerung behalten, weil Chiquitin ein sehr zuvorkommender, angenehmer und kultivierter Gastgeber ist, mit dem wir uns sehr angeregt unterhalten haben. Wir wären gerne noch länger geblieben und kommen gerne wieder.
The lodge was wonderful! Relaxing, private and Carlos went out of his way to help us with anything we needed or any questions we had about what to do with our time. He also arranged a taxi to pick us up from the airport (200bp) and again to take us back. Wifi was pretty good, hot water, hammocks and fresh fruits from the trees. Carlos speaks good English and can help translate between the others.
The food was AMAZING!! We opted for the full board but with the amount you are served 1/2 board would have been plenty. Just bring some snacks, drinks, etc with you when you go because there is nowhere around to shop.
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We HIGHLY recommend staying here!
The stay with Chiquitin was a highlight of our trip in Bolivia. It is amazingly located in the middle of the regional park of Lomas De Arena where desert meets rain forest. You have to k now that Chiquitin built his farm and the two houses including the decorations all by himself! He is full of stories and the kindest person. We were able to do some bird watching, walk to the desert, and played with the dogs and cats. I highly recommend the meals cooked by Evelyn. For lunch we had Bolivian style Paella and for dinner we had roast chicken with rice. We wish we could stay with Chiquitin longer. It's such a beautiful setting and we felt very much at home. My wife even asked Chiquitin to get a cake for my birthday. Thank you very much Chiquitin. Jason
Chiquitin and Evaline are great hosts. The cottage is very clean and cozy and the surrounding garden is beautiful and buzzing with birds and butterflies. Evaline's cooking is amazing. You will leave a few pounds heavier and with a happy well rested heart. Chiquitin was very helpful and accommodating. He communicated well and was especially helpful when I decided to leave a few days early. I really appreciated the hospitality and conversation and food. The park is very far from the city and is perfect as a resting place during your travels. Just make sure you have what you need when you go as getting money or food on your own won't be convenient.
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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!
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.