Welcome to Tarata & Huayculli
The enormous neoclassical Iglesia de San Pedro was constructed in 1788 and restored between 1983 and 1985; several of the interior panels include mestizo-style details carved in cedar. The 1792 Franciscan Convent of San José, which contains lovely colonial furniture and an 8000-volume library, was founded as a missionary training school. It now operates as a museum and contains the ashes of San Severino, Tarata’s patron saint, whose feast day is celebrated on the last Sunday in November.
The village also has several other historic buildings: the Palacio Consistorial (government palace) of President Melgarejo (built in 1872) and the homes of President Melgarejo, General don Esteban Arce and General René Barrientos.
Huayculli, 7km from Tarata, is a village of potters and glaziers. The air is thick with the scent of eucalyptus being burned in cylindrical firing kilns. The local style and technique has been passed down from generation to generation and remains unique.
From Cochabamba, taxis (B$7, 30 minutes) leave when full and micros (B$5, 45 minutes) leave every 15 minutes between 5am and 8pm from the corner of Av Barrientos and Magdalena. There are no micros to Huayculli, but minibuses running between Tarata and Anzaldo can drop you here.