If you're heading west from the bustling city of Santa Cruz de la Sierra towards serene Samaipata, make a pit stop and stretch your legs at the roadside falls of Cuevas. Here you can rest at the base of a series of three waterfalls or take a short hike through the forest for some spectacular views of the valley. "Cuevas," meaning caves, is a popular weekend destination for locals to swim and explore the sandstone hills that surround the falls making Sundays exceptionally crowded.
The falls are easily accessible walking half a kilometer from the main road on a wide, flat trail. There are restrooms, a picnic area and parking and if you're taking a bus or trufi (taxi van), be sure to ask your driver to stop ahead of time. The property also has two cabins available for rent and plenty of space for camping if you are looking to explore the area. Cuevas is located about two driving hours from Santa Cruz, some 20km just before the town of Samaipata in Bolivia.