Five great things to do when you visit Tarija

(1) Since Tarija is the main wine producing region of Bolivia, you should take a wine tour. Tours normally visit 1 or 2 commercial wineries and then at least 1 artisanal winery. Normally this is Casa Vieja a 414 year-old adobe house and winery in the Valle de la Concepcion.

Tours take between 3½ to 4 hours and are scheduled for the mornings and afternoons from Monday to Friday and on Saturday morning. Our recommendation is taking the tour with Viva Tours as they visit Casa Real the principal producer of Singani in Tarija.

Altiplano Hotel Boutique now have an added option: Premium wine tastings. In addition to being able to being able to book you a wine tour that visits 1 or 2 wineries offering limited wine tasting, the hotel has partnered with the leading wine retailer in Tarija to offer discerning clients a special package for the tasting of premium wines from various wineries.

Each tasting is a careful selection of the better wines produced here in Tarija and is designed to give you an overview of the wines that you may not find in other areas. You also have the option of adding further wines or up-grading your choice to include the super-premium wines tasting.

You can read more about the options on the Altiplano Hotel Boutique website.

(2) Try our selection of great restaurants.

For melt-in-your-mouth barbeque steaks our recommendation is El Fogón de Gringo which is on the northern end of Calle La Madrid between Plaza Uriondo and Hotel Los Ceibos.

El Marquez is located on La Madrid on the main plaza. The good service, extensive menu, very elegant surroundings, and reasonable prices make this one of our favourite places to eat. A table by the window allows you to watch life go by on the plaza, or otherwise try the table upstairs which gives you the feeling of being elite and special.

New in town are Fratellis, an Italian restaurant, and Agave Azul with authentic mexican dishes at reasonable prices.


(3) We recommend taking a 4 hour country tour (Tour de la Campiña Chapaca). This will give you a great overview of the country side surrounding the city. You will visit the house of Moto Mendez, now a museum, in the village of San Lorenzo, a waterfall and natural swimming pool at Coimata, and also the reservoir and dam at San Jacinto. Tours are available every day in the morning or afternoon.



(4) If you have time, make a visit to Tajzara, a biological reserve on the Sama mountain range. You will get to experience the Altiplano region, see Llamas, Vicuñas, Flamingos and, believe it or not, sand dunes. This is an all day tour and generally leaves at 7:30 or 8:00 am and returns about 4:00 pm.



(5) While in the city don’t forget to visit (1) Casa Dorado, which is now Tarija cultural centre and has tours on the hour from 9:00 to 11: am and then from 3:00 to 5:00 pm during the week, (2) the paleontological museum, (3) the highest and most southern astronomical observatory in the world, (3) the Mercado Campesino where you will see the most amazing variety of fruits and vegetables being sold by sellers in regional dress (this is a great photo location), and (4) the two lookout locations, Mirador del Corazon de Jesus and Mirador de la Copa, that give you a great overview of the city.


If you are interested in tramping and excursion to one of the many waterfalls in the area, a tour to the Valley of the Condors, or a trek on the Sama Range and the Inca trail might appeal. You can also take shorter tours to rock painting and paleontological sites outside the city.





And of course since Tarija is a laid back place you will want to spend some time just relaxing and watching life go by in one of the many plazas throughout the city.




If you want more details about tours or transport to and from Tarija please contact Viva Tours. If you would like to arrange accommodation we recommend Altiplano Hotel Boutique.
Why not visit Tarija and stay with at Altiplano Hotel Boutique of Tarija during October and get a 10% discount off the standard room rate when booking any room direct with us via FreetoBook and paying in cash. No minimum is stay required.

You can use this special for a long weekend and add the Honeymoon/Anniversary package.
During October there are many great activities to be enjoyed here in Tarija. You can visit the wineries in the Valle de la Concepcion the principal wine producing region of Bolivia. You can also walk the Inca trail (Camino del Inca), visit the lakes and sand dunes at Tazjara which are part of the Sama Ecological Reserve, or simply relax in the Tarija’s numerous plazas, visit the paleontological museum or Casa Dorado.


On October 7 and 8 there is the annual jam and wine festival. From 27-30 October the international tourism expo will be held here in Tarija.

Book your room at Altiplano Hotel Boutique now online and benefit from our special offers.

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