Wine and Traditions
With 200,000 inhabitants, Tarija is the main city of the province of the same name. Set in a broad, fertile valley on the shores of the Guadalquivir River (so-named by the Spanish conquistadores after the river that flows past Seville), it occupies the south central portion of Bolivia.
Tarija sits at a comfortable altitude of 1,850 to 1,950 metres (6,070 to 6,400 feet) above sea level.
Bolivia's Best Kept Secret
Tarija linda... Pretty Tarija!
Tarija lies at the centre of a rich agricultural region known as the Andalucia of Bolivia on account of its sunny, Mediterranean climate, vineyard-filled valley and the arid mountain scenery that surrounds it. Tarija is a clean, safe, and welcoming city. Off the normal tourist route, Tarija is arguably one of the prettiest regions of Bolivia.
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Founded in 1574 by the conquistador Luis de Fuentes as San Bernardo de la Frontera de Tarixa as a Spanish frontier outpost on the far southeast edge of Alto Peru to guard against incursions by the indomitable Chiriguano tribes of the Chaco, Tarija is one of Bolivia’s oldest settlements.
Today the town feels prosperous, with a thriving middle-class, and is the second fastest growing city in Bolivia economically thanks to large gas reserves and a thriving wine industry.
Tarija — Bolivia’s Best Kept Secret
The bucolic landscape includes rivers and lakes flanked with vineyards surrounded by sprawling valleys and beautiful mountain scenery. Mild climate and sunny blue skies year round complete this postcard-like setting.
The city itself has a small-town feel and the “Chapacos”—as Tarijeños call themselves—are friendly and easy-going people who are proud of their indigenous and colonial heritage.
The proximity of some of the major attractions in Bolivia (i.e. Sucre, Potosi, Uyuni) makes Tarija a worthy halt off the beaten path in your busy travel itinerary and on your way to/from Argentina or Paraguay.
Last but not least, Tarija is one of the top three wine destinations in South America, along with Mendoza, Argentina and Santiago, Chile.
Getting there and away
Tarija airport (Capitán Oriel Lea Plaza Airport) offers daily connections with La Paz, Santa Cruz, Cochabamba and Sucre.
There are long distance buses daily to the primary cities in Bolivia — La Paz, Oruro, Potosí, Sucre, Cochabamba, Santa Cruz. Inter-provincial service includes Bermejo, Yacuiba, Villamontes, Villazón, Tupiza and more.
International services to/from Salta in Argentina every day: count 8-9 hours by reg. bus crossing into Aguas Blancas, Argentina and Bermejo, Bolivia. Private shuttles also available.
From Tarija towards the Salt Flats: Only 6 hours away by car through spectacular landscapes (or 10 hours by overnight bus) is Tupiza, your point of departure for a trip to the deserts of Southern Bolivia and Uyuni Salt Flats.
Climate in Tarija
Located at an altitude of 1,850m (Tarija airport) to 1,950m (central plaza), the city of Tarija is well known for its pleasant and sunny weather, with warm days and cool nights.
The climate is mild and even year round, with an average high of 29°C (84°F). In June and July though, night time temperatures combined with cool wind can plummet down to 8°C (46°F).
Tarija has four distinct biogeographic areas and climatic zones.
What to do around Tarija
There is a surprising number of other attractions that you won’t want to miss in Tarija and there are activities for all tastes and budgets. Here are just a few of them.
Meet the Chapacos - Let us take you on a tour to meet local Tarijeños and visit colonial buildings, plazas, markets and recreational areas in the surroundings. Hike the spectacular waterfalls and natural rock pools at Chorros de Jurina, just a few kilometers from the city. Take a daytrip to the quaint colonial town of San Lorenzo. Play golf at the picturesque 18-holes golf course at Rincón de la Victoria. Try an Ambrosía morning drink in the company of local farmers...
Nature tours - Trek the Valle de los Cóndores, only 12 miles away from Tarija, and visit some of the best protected areas in Bolivia, including Reserva Nacional Tariquía, Parque Nacional Aguaragüe...
Paleontology - Search for fossils and dinosaur bones the Tarija Basin, one of the richest sites in South America: learn about mammalian evolution in this part of the world during the Pleistocene and visit the onsite Archaeology and Paleontology Museum.
Astronomy - Learn about the southern stars in Tarija. Ask us for a nightsky excursion and explore the Southern Skies at the Santa Ana astronomical observatory in Tarija. Modern and powerful telescopes will enable you to observe planets, constellations and more.
Language schools and social programs - Tarija is also a good place to spend some time taking Spanish lessons. Sharpen your Spanish skills at a local language school in Tarija.
Tarija is also packed with festivals and events of all sorts.
Home to the world's highest vineyards
Wineries - Of course, a visit to Tarija would not be complete without an excursion to one or more of its vineyards and bodegas (cellars). Tarija produces the best wine and singani (brandy) in Bolivia and winemaking is a proud local tradition. Tour the vineyards located on the outskirts of Tarija such as El Valle de Concepción. There is a grape festival held every March.
Tarija, Bolivia's wine country
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Tarija is located in the southern part of Bolivia.
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Tarija is easily accessible from all the major cities in Bolivia. There are also daily connections to/from Salta, Argentina.
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