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.
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.