Museo de Arqueología y Paleontología
Archaeology & Paleontology Museum
The free university-run Archaeology & Paleontology Museum provides a good overview of the prehistoric creatures and the early...
Asociación Tarijeña de Ajedrez
At the Asociación Tarijeña de Ajedrez , you can play for free if you respect club rules: no smoking and quiet, please.
Retro rock chic is the go at this bar–cafe. Walls are adorned with pop art and drinks cans from across the globe.
This palapa -roofed restaurant is an atmospheric place to enjoy a great value almuerzo, which includes a salad bar and a drink.
Museo de Arqueología y Paleontología information
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The university-run Archaeology & Paleontology Museum provides a glimpse of the prehistoric creatures and lives of the early peoples that once inhabited the Tarija area. Downstairs you’ll see the well-preserved remains of several animals: megatherium, a giant ground sloth that was the size of an elephant; glyptodon, a prehistoric armadillolike creature about the size of a Volkswagen Beetle; lestodon, another ground sloth that resembled a giant-clawed aardvark; scelidotherium, a small ground sloth; smilodon, the saber-toothed tiger; and Cuvierionius tarijensi, a fossil elephant that was discovered close to the city by the great French zoologist Georges Cuvier.
Upstairs the focus is on history, geology and anthropology, with displays of old household implements, weapons, ceramics and various prehistoric hunting tools, including a formidable cudgel known as a rompecabezas (head-breaker). Look for the desiccated mummified corpse of a man from the Pampagrande area, which shrunk via natural processes to measure just 35cm long.