Samaipata has developed into one of the top gringo-trail spots in eastern Bolivia, but don't let that put you off. This sleepy village in the foothills of the Cordillera Oriental has held on to its tranquil vibe, and since it's now brimming with well-run hostels and restaurants, you can enjoy a decent coffee as well as stunning views of the verdant landscape.
Visitors come to see the pre-Inca site of El Fuerte, some come searching for a dose of the ancient site’s supposed mystical energy. Increasingly Samaipata is the main jumping-off point for forays to Parque Nacional Amboró. It's also a popular weekend destination for cruceños (Santa Cruz residents) seeking to escape the city. The Quechua name, meaning ‘Rest in the Highlands,’ could hardly be more appropriate.