Attractions

Top Choice House in Tarija

El Picacho

The riverfront hacienda of former Bolivian president Jaime Paz Zamora was designed by Zamora himself as his own version of Gabriel García Márquez' Macondo. Zamora, equally passionate about the arts and nature, will …
Lake in Tarija

San Jacinto Reservoir

This 17-sq-km reservoir, 7km southwest of town, makes for a pleasant afternoon trip, especially on hot days. It gets very busy on weekends with families and university students feasting on crabs and dorado (a delici…
Church in Tarija

Basílica de San Francisco

This basilica was founded in 1606 as the Jesuits 'base camp' in Bolivia 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,…
Market in Tarija

El Mercado de los Campesinos

This sprawling maze-like scene covers several city blocks with row upon row of vendors selling everything from lemons to electronics. The vegetable and fruit sections are an especially kaleidoscopic display of color…
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…
Observatory in Tarija

Santa Ana Astronomical Observatory

The country's first observatory, built in collaboration with the then USSR, is around 14km southeast of Tarija. Best to call in advance.
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 heavy coats of gold and silver paint, 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 guided…
Museum in Tarija

Museo Moto Méndez

San Lorenzo is best known as the home of José Eustaquio ‘Moto’ Méndez, the hero of the Batalla de la Tablada, whose former house is now the Museo Moto Méndez (aka ‘Casa de los Libertadores de America’).
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…