Visiting Padcaya, south of Tarija, brings full meaning to the old saying that ‘it’s better to travel than to arrive,’ with the route twisting its way through 45km of lovely mountainous desert and green river valleys. The town itself has a few old colonial buildings and is located in an area rich in fossils, meaning you are more likely to bump into a paleontologist than another tourist.
Chaguaya, 68km south of Tarija, is home to the pilgrimage shrine Santuario de la Virgen de Chaguaya. The Fiesta de la Virgen de Chaguaya begins on August 15; celebrations follow on the subsequent Sunday. Alcohol is forbidden at this time. Pilgrims from all over Bolivia arrive during the following month, some making the trip on foot via a large, approximately 10-hour procession from Tarija.