What to do and see in Tarija, Bolivia: The Best Places and Tips

August 8, 2017 Hector Krause

Tarija or San Bernardo de la Frontera de Tarixa is a city in southern Bolivia. Founded in 1574, Tarija is the largest city & capital and municipality within the Tarija Department, with an airport (Capitán Oriel Lea Plaza Airport, (TJA)) offering regular service to primary Bolivian cities, as well as a regional bus terminal with domestic and international connections. Its climate is semi-arid (BSh) with generally mild temperatures in contrast to the harsh cold of the Altiplano (i.e., La Paz) and the year-round humid heat of the Amazon Basin (i.e., Santa Cruz de la Sierra). Tarija has a population of 234,442.
Restaurants in Tarija

1. Plaza Luis de Fuentes

Calles Gral Trigo | Calle Sucre, Tarija, Bolivia
Excellent
33%
Good
60%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 60 reviews

Plaza Luis de Fuentes

Reviewed By kaioatey - The Bay Area

This is *the* central square, lined on a couple of sides with restaurants and a church. This is where the Promenade and much social life takes place, locals checking each other out and flirting. Old guys sitting on benches the whole day... feels like you are in C Castaneda novel, waiting for don Juan. Even in the 'fancier' restaurants the food is inexpensive and the steaks delicious. Often people bring guitars.

2. Museo Paleontologico y Arqueologico

Calle Gral. Trigo No. 402 | Virginio Lema, Tarija 1111, Bolivia
Excellent
55%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 20 reviews

Museo Paleontologico y Arqueologico

Tarija tiene un gran yacimiento de fosiles de animales prehistoricos. Los hay en el museo junto a atracciones historicas, vestigios de pueblos. Es un Museo que vale la pena visitar y aprender. Se halla a menos de una cuadra de la plaza principal.

Reviewed By JandKNewJersey_USA - New Jersey, USA

It's small (just two small floors) but that all this local information is packed into this tiny space and it is totally free makes it a very worthwhile adventure. We have visited several times and it never fails to delight. Really amazing that in this area of Bolivia fossils and dinosaur bones can still be found. Just fabulous in my opinion.

3. Casa Dorada

Ingavi No 0370, Tarija, Bolivia
Excellent
36%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 33 reviews

Casa Dorada

Reviewed By DDS-Kioi - San Francisco

Construction of this art nouveau building began in 1887 for Moises Navajos and his wife Esperanza Morales. They had no children, and the grand building fell into disarray until it was renovated in the 1980s. The ground floor contains an art gallery and concert hall. During the day guides take you upstairs to view the original living space, including the salon, dining room, and a chapel. Guides speak only Spanish.

4. Bodega Casa Real

Carretera a Bermejo kilometro 18, Tarija, Bolivia +591 4 6645498
Excellent
55%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
5%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 20 reviews

Bodega Casa Real

Casa Real is Bolivia's largest Singani distillery. With it's French copper stills and beautiful vineyards, Casa Real is proud of the quality of it's Singani. Visitors can see closely how emblematic "eaux de vie" is made and appreciate the loftiness of the hillside vineyards. Free guided tours, boutique and tasting room available

Reviewed By RdeSilva - London, United Kingdom

We did a half-day winery trip with Viva Tours which was a lot of fun, and very informative. Our guide Carolina was lovely and spoke excellent English. She was able to answer all our questions and clearly knew a great deal about the local wine industry. We enjoyed the Bolivian wine a lot, and the Singani is good too - much softer than Pisco! Definitely worth picking up a bottle at Casa Real!

5. Bodega Campos de Solana

Carretera a Bermejo, Tarija, Bolivia +591 4 6648480
Excellent
67%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 9 reviews

Bodega Campos de Solana

Campos de Solana is known for the quality of its wines. It is a very modern and yet cozy winery. The staff is kind and helpful. There is a boutique, a tasting room and a beautiful terraza where visitors can enjoy Tarija’s amazing weather while tasting Bolivia’s most awarded wines.

Reviewed By Itchy-Feet_AundM

We went there individual (not with a tour from Tarija). The guided tour in the bodega itself was informative. The bodega is - compared to others in Tarija - very big and clean and they produce nice wines. Unfortunately they don't offer tastings in general (if you are lucky they have an open bottle). But you can buy bottles in bodega to taste them at home.

6. Plazuela Sucre

Calle 15 de Abril | Colon, Tarija, Bolivia
Excellent
33%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
26%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 15 reviews

Plazuela Sucre

The "Plazuela Sucre" Or Sucre square is a beautifull place three blocks away from the main square (Plaza Luis de Fuentes). It´s a nice place where to walk, seat, surrounded by plants and trees and a cofee shop and a pizza shop. The young people use to meet in there.

Reviewed By JandKNewJersey_USA - New Jersey, USA

Plaza Sucre doesn't get the traffic that Plaza Principal receives but it really is a lovely little plaza in which to sit and people watch. The plaza is well kept and usually has flowers blooming. Sit a while and one of the very friendly locals with sit down and chat with you. If you don't speak Spanish they will speak with you anyway. They are just the friendliest people on earth. There is a nice coffee shop nearby that serves great coffee, tazo tea, and a great panini Sandwich. Often there are vendors set up in the plaza selling their wares....plants, jewelry, crocheted objects. Really a nice place to sit and chill out and enjoy Tarija.

7. Parque La Costanera

Avenida Victor Paz | Puente Bicentenario, Tarija 1111, Bolivia
Excellent
27%
Good
64%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 11 reviews

Parque La Costanera

Nice park to walk and play with the family.

Reviewed By scriales - La Paz, Bolivia

Nice and quiet park to spend a good time next to nature. It is next to the river Guadalquivir (which has very little water at present) and Av. Victor Paz Estensoro (in honor of one of the most famous ex-presiendent of Bolivia). Nice walk, fresh air, beautifull place!

8. Iglesia de San Roque

Tarija, Bolivia
Excellent
37%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
27%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 11 reviews

Iglesia de San Roque

Reviewed By maxscuba - Milano

Nice good-looking church from the outside, white and grey, different from all the others. The interiors are nothing special, have a look at the vendors outside selling great and cheap (sweet) snacks! Nice view once you reach the church at the end of the street.

9. Casa Real

Santa Ana, Tarija 0000, Bolivia +591 67370868
Excellent
84%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 6 reviews

Casa Real

Casa Real is Bolivia’s largest Singani distillery. With its French copper stills and beautiful vineyards, Casa Real is proud of the quality of its Singani. Visitors can see closely how this emblematic “eaux de vie” is made and appreciate the loftiness of the hillside vineyards. Free guided tours, boutique and tasting room available.

Reviewed By Martin R - Tarija, Bolivia

Visiting Casa Real, the home of Singani here in Tarija, is a way to add something special to your wine tour. Singani is a distilled grape liquor and Bolivia's national drink. The tour is really interesting and informative and the tasting is even better.Dear Martin, Thank you for your review about Casa Real. We look forward your next visit. Best Regards, -The Casa Real Team

10. Catedral de San Bernando

La Madrid 505, Tarija, Bolivia
Excellent
20%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
40%
Poor
20%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 15 reviews

Catedral de San Bernando

Reviewed By Louis-Guillaume M - Courbevoie, France

simple church open in the morning and during the office at 6PM. if the autel (in english?) is nice, the rest is not interesting. the chuch is near the main plaza so not a big waste of time if you visit it during a walk in the city

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