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.

Why Altiplano Hotel Boutique is the #1 Hotel in Tarija

After staying in a few hotels around Bolivia we thought of 10 things that make us different (well actually 12 or more)...

1. Quality linen (between 600-1000 thread-count sheets depending on the room)

2. Imported towels and face cloths

3. Bedside lamps and a bedside clock

4. Woolen underlays on the beds

5. Electric blankets on the beds during the winter months

6. Fluffy duvets and plump feather pillows on the beds

7. Air conditioning in your room

8. Complementary filtered water and facial tissues in the room

9. Comprehensive guest information, including a Cable TV channel list

10. Liquid hand soap and fresh soap for the shower each day 

11. High quality toilet paper (don’t laugh it is not that common)

12. Real coffee and muesli at breakfast

And it goes without saying that the beds are very comfortable, there is hot water, great showers with very good water pressure, you have a wardrobe and safe in your room, DVD player and DVDs on request. 

You also get personalized attention and recommendations on tours to take or restaurants to go to. And best of all a sense that you are staying somewhere special.

So just go to our website and book the #1 hotel in Tarija for your next visit here.

2014 Wine and Art festival (Encuentro el Arte y El Vino)

The seventh Wine and Art festival (Encuentro el Arte y El Vino) will be held in the Valle de la Concepción, Tarija, from 6-14 of March 2014. 

Immediately following this is the grape harvest festival (Vendimia Chapaca) on 15 and 16 of March.

Don't forget to check if Altiplano Hotel Boutique can offer you a special rate for your stay with them.

Dakar 2014

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Vineyard for Sale - Valle de la Concepcion

This is an amazing opportunity.  Situated on nearly 1.5 hectares of property just 1 block from the main plaza of the main wine township in Tarija is a restaurant, hostel, and vineyard.  And it is all for sale.

More details will be published shortly but in the meantime check the the Bodega del Abuelo.

New Boutique Hotel in Tarija

Formerly the very popular Residencial Altiplano, Altiplano Hotel Boutique is a new small private hotel that provides a high standard of bed and breakfast accommodation reflecting the authentic feel of Bolivia.

Altiplano Hotel Boutique offers a level of personalized service that is not available in other hotels. And for that reason it is one of the most popular hotel bed and breakfast options available.

The rooms are furnished simply, yet are stylish. Each room is equipped with comfortable beds, quality linen, bathrobes, a hairdryer, cable TV, air conditioning, and WIFI internet access. Each room has its own en-suite bathroom and the main suite a luxurious sized rain shower and spa bath.

Rates include breakfast, free WIFI internet access, and complementary bottled water.  Pick up from the airport or bus station can be arranged. 

Check out the reviews on TripAdvisor or go straight to the website to make a reservation and check-in.