Simón I. Patiño Foundation

Simón I. Patiño Centre

Santa Cruz, Bolivia

Contact Us

Simón I. Patiño Centre

Calle Suárez Figueroa
esq. Independencia N° 89
Casilla 6573
Santa Cruz
Tel. :+591-3-3372425
Fax :+591-3-3390151

A Centre for cultural excellence and innovation in Santa Cruz, Bolivia’s fastest-growing city

Founded in 2003 and located in the heart of the historic quarter of the city of Santa Cruz, the Simón I. Patiño Centre organises a wide range of cultural, artistic and musical events. It also acts as a base for educational activities for children, and for teacher training.

Here, children and students enjoy free access to a comic library/cafe where recreational activities revolve around comics, comedy and cinema, all of which are used as educational tools. Younger children have access to activities focusing on children’s literature, painting and theatre.

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Our Centres

Santa Cruz de la Sierra is Bolivia’s fastest-growing city and largest economic centre. It is home to many petrochemical and agricultural companies. As the city is located in the country’s tropical lowlands, the Foundation plays a pivotal role in educating the local population and farmers to work with the area’s fragile environment. In addition, we provide a hugely-popular programme of cultural and educational activities.


La Paz & El Alto

The Patiño Foundation carries out a range of cultural, educational and literary activities at its facility in La Paz, Bolivia’s capital city.

In order to address the needs of the rural population that has moved to El Alto, Bolivia’s second-largest city, our Foundation has built a nutrition Centre there that helps over 220 children each year.



The Foundation’s administrative headquarters has been situated in Geneva since 1958. All our student scholarships are administered from here, as are our wider activities across Bolivia. Throughout the year, we host a series of cultural events in Geneva, aimed at promoting youth talent in Switzerland.