Museum in Tarija

Museo de Arqueología y Paleontología

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 well-preserved anima…
Museum in Tarija

Casa Dorada

With a freshly painted coat of gold and silver, the appropriately named Gilded House whose roof is topped with a row of liberating angels, looks impressive from afar but less so upon closer inspection. Entry is by g…
Church in Tarija

Basílica de San Francisco

The Basílica de San Francisco was founded in 1606 and is now a national monument. The 16th-century convent library and archives, which may conjure up images reminiscent of The Name of the Rose, can be used only by r…
Architectural in Tarija

Gilded House

The Gilded House dates back to 1930, when it was one of several properties owned by the wealthy Tarija landowner Moisés Navajas (often described as Bolivia’s Teddy Roosevelt) and his wife, Esperanza Morales. The bui…
Museum in Tarija

Archaeology & Paleontology Museum

The free university-run Archaeology & Paleontology Museum provides a good overview of the prehistoric creatures and the early peoples that once inhabited the Tarija area.
Viewpoint in Tarija

Mirador Loma de San Juan

This park area above the tree-covered slopes of the Loma de San Juan provides a grand city view and makes it a favorite with smooching students. Climb uphill to the end of Bolívar, then turn right behind the hill an…
Notable Building in Tarija

Castillo de Moisés Navajas

The exterior of this oddly prominent and deteriorating private mansion is worth a look for its garish blue-and-white-striped extravagance. It’s still inhabited and is occasionally open for informal tours – check wit…
Church in Tarija

Iglesia de San Roque

Architecturally, Tarija’s most unusual church and major landmark is the bright, white 1887 Iglesia de San Roque. Dedicated to the city’s patron saint, the church sits on the hill at the end of Trigo, lording it over…
Church in Tarija

Iglesia de San Juan

The Iglesia de San Juan was constructed in 1632 and it was here that the Spanish signed their surrender to the liberation army after the Batalla de la Tablada. The garden serves as a mirador (lookout) over Tarija an…
Church in Tarija


This rather dull-looking cathedral contains the remains of prominent chapacos, including Tarija’s founder, don Luis de Fuentes y Vargas. It was constructed in 1611 and has some interesting stained glass depicting ha…