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Santa Cruz - HI Hostel Safari Lodge

3,5 km norte de la Planta de Gas, (to the North 3,5km behind Gas Plant), Santa Cruz, Bolivia

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In the hilly savannah outside of Santa Cruz, find the unspoiled nature - volunteers are welcome to the nearby wildlife animal rescue centre

  • Dorm
    From $11.80
  • Private
    From $24.00
10 or more people?

Santa Cruz Hostel

Hostel Santa Cruz

Hostelling International

Welcome to our hostel

HI Safari Lodge, Bolivia is not only a charming, rustic refuge for backpackers in the hilly savannah near Santa Cruz, it is also the entrance to the unspoiled nature in a fascinating sanctuary and landscape full of flora & fauna in Bolivia.

Volunteers are welcome to visit the nearby wildlife animal rescue centre, managed by AFASI-Foundation.
Only one hour from Santa Cruz, the sanctuary Living Savannah (next to the Safari Lodge) gives nature lovers the opportunity to enjoy an amazing experience exploring the Amazonian and Chiquitania jungle, with lagoons, rivers, and very a unique landscape. A huge quantity of different birds can be seen, reptiles can be watched and you can listen out, and scale the trees for monkeys. Bigger animals are often seen nearby, too.

HI Safari Lodge is more than a hostel - it's a refuge and place to relax for humans and animals alike. is a place where you can stay for more than a few days to relax, to enjoy the nature, to take fascinating pictures and learn a lot about the fascinating Bolivian nature. Be welcome!


Prices are non-member prices

Dorms - Per guest per night


Private - Per room per night


Important info

  • Government-issued photo ID is required to check in.
  • Children under the age of are unable to be accommodated under all circumstances.
  • Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
  • Unaccompanied children under the age of 18 can be accommodated only with a letter from a parent or legal guardian providing permission for the child's unsupervised stay.
  • Children under the age of 16 are unable to be accommodated in shared dormitories unless accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
  • Children under the age of 5 stay free.
  • Membership can be purchased on arrival at hostel.
  • Rates quoted assume guests are not members of Hostelling International or a National Youth Hostel Association
  • Prices and product availability is as accurate as possible but may be subject to change during checkout



Leisure & Fitness

  • Common room
  • Garden
  • Playground
  • Swimming pool
  • TV room
  • Table tennis / ping pong
  • Terrace / patio


  • Suitable for wheelchair users

Food & Drink

  • Self-catering kitchen
  • Restaurant onsite

Facilities - Internet Access

  • Internet Cafe Nearby

Facilities - In-Hostel Services

  • Air Conditioning
  • Air Conditioning Type - In selected areas
  • Car Parking at Hostel
  • Car Parking at Hostel Type - Free
  • Cycle Storage
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Luggage Room
  • Luggage Room Availability - Available during hostel reception times
  • Smoking Area
Opening times

Opening times

Open all year

Open 24 hours

Get in touch

Get in touch

Tel. 591 3 3468274

Main attractions

Main attractions

  • Animal Rescue Centre (At or next to the hostel)
  • Beautiful nature and animal wildlife (Less than 500 m)
  • City tour and night life in Santa Cruz (More than 10km)

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I never made it there. Does this place even exist? They are supposed to provide a transfer from the airport, but the phone number doesn't work, and they never answered my emails. I tried to take a taxi there, but the roads were flooded and we had to turn back.


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Sun 02 Jun 2019

... ein Hostel-Zentrum mit dem Zweck Freiwilligeneinsaetze zur Renaturisierung von Wildtieren .. einfach - kein W-Lan, doch recht weit abgelegen .. aber einmalig tolle Tiererfahrung !


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Laurence HORIZON-volunteers,

Fri 23 Jan 2015

A lovely place - in nice natural setting - but really outside of Santa Cruz - 1h drive and you have to coordinate with HI-Bolivia or the manager ! a place to help and love animals - that's it - but if you like this - we can recommend it


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Jana - Eliana GRK-volunteers,

Sat 18 Oct 2014

far outside of Santa Cruz - a nice place in the green - the center of a animal rescue station


Avatar for MAYA  -  STELLA  - SWISS  YH


Sun 14 Sep 2014

- a very remote and rustic place out in the subtropical green of Santa Cruz - but very interesting for animal lovers


Avatar for Pia - Julia -  German Red Cross

Pia - Julia - German Red Cross,

Mon 08 Sep 2014


Around the hostel

Around the hostel

Nearby attractions

  • City Centre (More than 10km)
  • Cycle trails (At or next to the hostel)
  • Hiking / Walking trails (At or next to the hostel)
  • Local market (3 to 5km)
  • Nightlife (More than 10km)
  • Parks / Green Area (At or next to the hostel)
  • Restaurants (More than 10km)
  • Shopping area / Mall (More than 10km)
  • Swimming pool (At or next to the hostel)
  • Wooded Area (500m - 1km)
Getting to us

Getting to us

The two nearest airports are El Trompillo Airport ad Viru Viru Airport
Santa Cruz - Bus Terminal - just call us and we are offering transfer
Alternate Transport
Contact the hostel for transfers from the airport train station or bus station
Parking is available
Santa Cruz Central Rail Station arriving from Brasil/Corumba - Pte. Quijarro "the Death Train"

Sustainability initiatives


  • Low carbon activities
  • Public transportation is promoted
  • Environmental cleaning


  • Energy saving lights
  • Renewable energy


  • Working with local community
  • Mission-based activities
  • Educational programs


  • Recycling areas
  • Composting
  • Growing own vegetables
  • Fairtrade food served
  • Organic food served
  • Local and seasonal food


  • Water-wise garden

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