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Introducing Tarija

Tarija's biggest drawcard is the vineyards on its doorstep and the city makes a great base for visiting the surrounding wineries in El Valle de la Concepción, home to the world´s highest wines and the throat-tingling singani (distilled grape spirit).

There's not much else to do in Tarija, but it has some interesting colonial architecture and grows on those who stay a while to enjoy the pleasantly mild climate and take in the chilled atmosphere; the little city is as laid-back as they get, with palm-lined squares, sizzling Argentine barbecues, sprawling bar and cafe terraces, and tight streets with narrow pavements.

Despite the fact that many Bolivians from bigger cities regard South Central Bolivia as a half-civilized backwater and that ‘chapaco’ is the butt of tasteless jokes told in La Paz, Tarija is a worthy stop off on your way to Argentina or Paraguay.