Altiplano Bolivia: Departments and Houses for Rent in Tarija

Altiplano Bolivia: Departments and Houses for Rent in Tarija: Currently we have a number of very nice departments and houses to rent here in Tarija. This is a small selection what is available: ...

Altiplano Bolivia: Spanish Lessons in Tarija, Bolivia

Altiplano Bolivia: Spanish Lessons in Tarija, Bolivia: Many people visiting Bolivia think that they can only take Spanish lessons in Sucre and overlook the benefits of coming to Tarija. It is...

Want Good Coffee in Tarija?

In Tarija you will find that hard to find.  However one option, if you are not already staying at Altiplano Hotel Boutique which has freshly ground coffee made in a French press, is to go to Chocolate Café on Calle Sucre just around the corner from the main plaza.

Enrique knows our order we walk in the door, an Espresso for me and a Latte for my wife.  He has recently extended his café to allow a bit more seating space so it is a great place to drop in, have a coffee and slice of cake, read the local newspaper, and then pick out some speciality chocolates to take home.

Two New Restaurants worth trying in Tarija

 Recently we have added two more restaurants to our recommended places to eat here in Tarija.

The first is Agave Azul, where the owner, Pablo, who lived in Mexico for 15 years, has the goal of providing authentic style Mexican food at reasonable prices. Many of the main dishes are just Bs 30-35 (US$4-5). He uses corn flour tortillas. Our favorite dishes are Sopes and Quesidillas.

You will find Agave Azul on Avenida Belgrano #1608 just past Calle Carlos Lazcano and two doors away from Altiplano Hotel Boutique. It is open from Wednesday to Saturday from 7:00 pm and from 12:00 on Sunday.

The other new restaurant is Fratelli which is on Calle Padilla #168 between Calle Avaroa and Avendia Victor Paz Estensoro. 

As the name indicates this is an Italian restaurant that does pastas, pizzas and also traditional Bolivian based meals in an upmarket way. You can see into the well equipped and very clean kitchen and also watch your pizza being cooked in the earthen pizza oven.

The meal prices are higher than average for Tarija but the service, quality and presentation make up for that, and the wine prices are more than reasonable.

If you are on a budget a good option is the plata of cheese, ham, salami, and breads for 2 along with a good quality local wine.

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.

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.

Romantic Getaway Special for August at Altiplano Hotel

  • Romantic Package
  • Red room with spa bath
  • Check at 12.00 pm
  • Available in August
Enjoy a 2 night stay here in Tarija in the Red Room and romantic getaway package (Bottle of champagne, special chocolates, fresh flowers in the room, shower gel, bathrobes, and extension of the checkout to midday) for just US$190 when booked direct with Altiplano Hotel and paid in cash. 

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