Known as the Bolivian Anducia, is a land of balladeers and beautiful valleys, surrounded by vineyards. It is a warm and inviting place for relaxation and enjoyment of nature. Population with a deeply rooted tradition that does not lose its charm.
The interandean valleys of southern Bolivia, among which stands out Tarija (city and countryside), Camargo and Villa Abecia, these are characterized by a deeply rooted traditional culture of southern Spain, which is mainly expressed in the intensive cultivation of the Vine and craftsmanship and industrial wines and Singanis. This wine culture provides visitors with a warm and hospitable welcome, accompanied by the most varied and exquisite cuisine of cheeses, hams and Mediterranean fruits.
Moreover, the mild climate and valley landscapes, make this resort appealing to lovers of joy and beauty. On the other hand, on this route you can also enjoy the protected area of the Natural Reserve of the Cordillera de Sama showing the high mountain biodiversity and the heads of the valleys.
The access routes to Tarija in the interior of Bolivia is throught the trunk road which connects with Potosí , Villazon. There is another road to the south to the town of Bermejo, besides leading to Tarija it also leads to Yacuiba on the border with Argentina.
Tarija has more amenities around the city than in the actual city, but you can start a tour of the Plaza Luis de Fuentes, the Cathedral, the Library of the Franciscans, the Golden House, the Castle of Beatrice and of course the museums of Archaeology, Palaeontology and Mineralogy of Tarija. La Loma de San Juan is a beautiful park with pine trees, where you have a pretty good view of the city.
It has the sections of Paleontology, Archaeology and mineralogy; the section of Paleontology has a total of 700 pieces on display.
About 16 kms. from the city birthplace of the national hero, Manuel Eustaquio Méndez, called "the moto", here you can see a real Spanish colonial style with cobblestone streets, tile roofs, buildings with balconies and bars, among which is the house of "moto" Mendez, considered a museum.
It has a substantial set of colonial paintings. Among the images found on the altar, it is worth seeing that of San Francisco, which dates from 1680 and comes from the school of Arequipa.
In 1680, it was founded the church and school of the Jesuits. The monastery occupied the site where now stands the San Luis National High School. On March 11, 1925 the first church was elevated to the rank of Cathedral.
SAN ROQUE CHURCH
In its architecture a balcony that served as a lookout post stands out. In this church people worship San Roque, who is the central figure of the most popular festival of Tarija.
RINCÓN DE LA VICTORIA
About 18 kms. from the city it is a paradise with lots of vegetation, the corner of Victory is one of the places of more tourist attraction in Tarija, it is the ideal setting for weekends with a scenario where the green is manifested in all its shades.
21 kms. from the city, the falling or "stream" as it is commonly called, it’s considerable and attractive not only by the natural charm that gives the vision of a body of water that falls from a height of more than 40 mts., resembling water powder but also because it takes different tonalities according to the intensity of the sunlight and the sun's position.
5 kms. from the city, natural resort with sun-drenched beaches, bathed by the confluence of the River Guadalquivir and the river Erkes, with a beautiful suspension bridge, on both sides there is a small wooded park, picnic prepared. Near to this natural resort you can find the Tomatitas village at a distance of 100 mts.
4 kms. from the city, lies the historic area of La Tablada, where in April 1817 the brave "montoneros" under the command of the glorious "moto" Méndez staged an epic journey and inflicted a categorical defeat to the royalist forces, contributing decisively to the cause of of freedom.
SAN JACINTO RESERVOIR
It is 7 kms. from the city of Tarija. The water's mirror surface is one of the most interesting tourist attractions, there is also a touristic multi-project around.
Visit the vineyards with the variety of grapes grown on the route (Barbera - Merlot, Riesling, Muscat - Sirah-Chadonay). The wine of the region in southern Bolivia, is unique in the world with more than 2,300 hectares of vines with modern technology, temperate climate and farming practices, allowing the development of renowned wines The singani, traditional drink that begins with the distillation of Muscat grapes, and keeps the colonial art and tradition, the Singan stands out among other drinks by its nobility and grace typical of high elevation vineyards.