Samaipata attractions

Top Choice Ruins in Samaipata

El Fuerte

The mystical site of El Fuerte exudes such pulling power that visitors from all over the world come to Samaipata just to climb the hill and see the remains of this pre-Inca site. A designated Unesco World Heritage S…
Waterfall in Samaipata

La Pajcha

This series of three beautiful waterfalls on a turbid mountain river plunge 45m into a dreamy tropical lagoon. La Pajcha has a sandy beach for swimming and some inviting campsites. It’s 42km south of Samaipata, towa…
Museum in Samaipata

Museo Arqueológico

Samaipata’s small archaeological museum displays pieces excavated from El Fuerte and provides information about the site. It's worth coming here before visiting the ruins. There are five, well-arranged rooms with ar…
Waterfall in Samaipata

Las Cuevas

These three lovely waterfalls are 20km east of Samaipata on the road to Santa Cruz. Walk upstream on a clear path away from the road to reach two of the waterfalls, spilling into swimmable lagoons bordered by sandy …
Zoo in Samaipata

Zoo El Refugio

This charming and responsible little zoo is a refuge for rescued animals. The zoo accepts volunteers (one month minimum) who can lodge for free in exchange for their labor, and there is an attractive wooded campsite…
Church in Samaipata

Iglesia de la Candelaria

The town's church overlooks the plaza. It's usually closed outside mass times.