TarijaTarija Department of Bolivia, with a population of some 235,000.
As the Inca Empire conquered the valley, the original population was dispersed. The stone roads might be built by the pre-Inca cultures. The city was founded in 1574.
Tarija is the most important wine district of Bolivia.
By busThere are direct connections from most cities including Villazón, La Paz (18 hr, Bs. 100) and Santa Cruz (14 hr, Bs. 90).
- Tupiza – Buses leave from Tupiza at 10:00, 20:00, and 22:00.
- From Argentina, it is possible to take a bus or hire a colectivo (shared taxi) at the bus station from the Bolivian border town of Bermejo. If you have crossed by small ferry from Aguas Blancas and there is no Bolivian immigration officer to stamp you in on the Bolivian side of the river or at the bus station, take a taxi or instruct the colectivo driver to take you to the immigration office at the bridge.
Capitán Oriel Lea Plaza AirportAerocon from Santa Cruz de la Sierra-El Trompillo, Yacuiba; Boliviana de Aviación from Cochabamba, La Paz, Santa Cruz de la Sierra-Viru Viru, Sucre, Yacuiba; EcoJet from Cochabamba, Guayaramerín, Riberalta, Santa Cruz de la Sierra-Viru Viru
- Hop-on micros, many lines, ask the locals or watch the windscreen for routes & destinations; ride within city limits Bs. 1.50. Some go further afield (e.g. San Lorenzo, San Jacinto).
- Trufis and colectivos go to El Valle de la Concepción from the stand at Calle Corrado (btwn. Trigo & Campero) – Bs. 10 per person.
- Short rides in taxis cost Bs. 3.50 per person.
phone: +591 4 663-6680address: Calle Gral. Trigo No. 402 Esquina Virginio Lema
El Castillo AzulStrange white and blue striped house in the gabled style of a castle. Old governor's house.
Valle de los Condoresaddress: Tienda Ecosol, Calle Virginio Lema entre Mendez y SuipachaThe condor's valley is a great undiscovered gem in Bolivia. 1 to 4 days treks, the scenery is spectacular and you get to see a lot of condors, some coming as close as 10 m. You can also to experience the countryside life harvesting honey or baking traditional bread with a family of the local community.
Nature reservesFor visit to both Sama (Reserva Biológica de la Cordillera de Sama; 1,000 km²) and Tariquia (Reserva nacional de Tariquía; 2,500 km²) you need permission (free) from the Serdap at Av Jaime Paz Zamor 1161 ( across the bus terminal ) . Formalities for sama is only registration of details; bring a photocopy of your passport. Tariquia is more difficult, depending on weather and reason of stay.
Gattopardoaddress: Plaza Luis de FuentesSmart restaurant, very popular with local middle class, parillada, good pizzas, salads, salteñas, good selection of local wines; try the fillet steak finished rare or "a la Inglés" (Bs. 40) - heaven!
Pastelería Yennyaddress: Av. 15 de AbrilGreat cakes and real coffee, welcoming staff; definitely try "torta de tres leches y nuez".
Cafe Showaddress: SucreSimple, reliable budget option. Set lunch (starter, soup, main course and dessert) for Bs. 10, limonada to drink. Also sells cakes and empanadas. Just don't expect coffee here.
El Molinoaddress: Calla la Madrid O-0803, near Ramon RojasVegetarian 'comedor' for lunch until 14:00. Set menu includes soup, main course and salad bar for Bs. 15. Come around 12:00 to eat with the locals. (March 26th 2012 - seems to be operating at a different location nearby on Ingavi O-550)
Nature CenterVegetarian food set menu for Bs. 14, on the block of Gral Trigo 800, upstairs at the sign. Lunch only.
Cafe Mokkaaddress: Plaza SucreGreat coffee and cakes, also fairly good speed free WiFi
NougatPretty cafe, nice decor, like most of South America, the milkshakes are mostly milk. Slow Wi-Fi, waitress unwilling to fix order when she got it wrong.
XOXOAmericana-decorated diner-esque bar with a solid burger (Bs. 29) as well. Marilyn Monroe & Elvis Presley plaster the walls. One TV for watching sports. Split level seating. Quick Wi-Fi.
Hotel Gran Londresphone: +591 4 664-2369address: Campos 1072Brilliant hotel in a decent, medium rise building that stays warm in winter. Nice rooms, some with TVs and some with balconies with excellent views over the town and surrounding area. Some en suite rooms. Very friendly staff, lovely people. Brilliant location, right in the middle of town. All in all, a great hotel, the best place to stay in town at a very reasonable price.
Hostal Bolivaraddress: BolivarGreat budget hostel, very clean with friendly staff, simple breakfast included.
Hostal Mirafloresaddress: Sucre N-920Close to the plaza and mercado central. Breakfast included.
Residencial GuadalquivirCheapest hostel I could find, a little noisy due to the bus terminal across the street, but acceptable and clean. 20 min walk from main plaza. No Wi-Fi.
Hostal EstrellaNice pace in an old building shared with Club Social de Tarija. Comfortable beds, creaky floorboards, and a nice outdoor balcony overlooking the main plaza.