Grape Harvest Festival and Wine and Art Festival

The grape harvest festival (Vendimia Chapaca and Fiesta de la Uva) is held in Tarija every March.

While visiting you can take a wine tasting tour and attend the 2015 Wine and Art festival (Encuentro Arte y Vino) which will be held in the Valle de Concepción, Tarija, from 5 to 13 March, 2015.

Immediately after this event, the grape harvest festival (Fiesta de la Uva, Vendimia Chapaca) will be held on 14 and 15 March.


Find out about other activities in Tarija.

If you book directly with Altiplano Hotel Boutique and pay in cash they can offer you a special rate for a 3 night stay during March.


Festivals & Celebrations in Tarija, Bolivia


Although it may be off the normal tourist route, Tarija is arguably one of the prettiest regions of Bolivia.

The area has a rich folkloric tradition and the year is packed with festivals of all sorts.


Vendimia Chapaca — Wine Festival in Tarija, Bolivia  

In addition to the ‘Carnaval Chapaco’ held in February a grape harvest festival (Vendimia Chapaca and Fiesta de la Uva) is held every March.

While visiting you can take a wine tasting tour and attend the 2015 Wine and Art festival (Encuentro Arte y Vino) which will be held in the Valle de Concepción, Tarija, from 5 to 13 March, 2015.

Immediately after this event, the grape harvest festival (Fiesta de la Uva, Vendimia Chapaca) will be held on 14 and 15 March.

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Why Tarija is the best place in Bolivia to take Spanish Lessons

If you are thinking about taking Spanish lessons don’t overlook the advantages of doing it in Tarija, Bolivia.
1. Tarija is a great place to take Spanish lessons as the people are friendly, kind, and speak slower so you can practice your new skills with them.

2. It being one of the safest cities in Bolivia. It has a low crime rate and you can safely walk the streets at night. Since it is smaller it is easy to get around.

 3. The climate is great. It has with dry winters with clear blue skies and often during the summer rainy season it only rains at night.

4. Since it is at an altitude of 1,850 metres Tarija is a good place to acclimatize before venturing in to the higher altitudes of Bolivia.

5. It is one of the cleaner cities in Bolivia and is not affected by commercial pollution.

6. It is in the main wine region of Bolivia and has easy access to the tropics and Altiplano regions of Bolivia or to Argentina.
  
7. It still has a unique indigenous population who wear their traditional clothing and enjoy a more traditional way of life. The western world culture hasn’t taken over yet.

Find out more by contacting Altiplano Spanish.






4 Great Restaurants in Tarija

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. This is an Argentine style steak restaurant that offers the opportunity enjoy really great 250 or 400 gm charcoal cooked steak and their open vegetable and salad bar. They also do very nice local fish.


If you want to try traditional Bolivian food in a more gringo friendly environment we suggest Plaza Mayor which is located on Calle La Madrid halfway between the main plaza and the Cathedral.

El Marques is located on La Madrid on the main plaza. The good service, extensive menu, very elegant surroundings, and reasonable prices make this a great place 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.


For special occasions and truly elegant food you must go to La Taberna, a French styled restaurant on Ballivian between 15 de Abril and Virginio Lema. Although a little more expensive than the other restaurants you get a good selection of beautifully presented mains, outstanding deserts, and attentive service that makes this place value for money.




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 two 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.

(2) Try our selection of great restaurants. If you want to try traditional Bolivian food in a more gringo friendly environment we suggest Plaza Mayor which is located on Calle La Madrid halfway between the main plaza and the Cathedral.

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.

For special occasions and truly amazing food you must go to La Taberna, a French styled restaurant on Ballivian between 15 de Abril and Virginio Lema.

(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.