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Tarija

Tarija"Tarija, Capital of Smiles", referring to the city's purported warm hospitality and friendly people. The architecture, attitude and vegetation of Tarija give it a distinct Mediterranean flavor. The main plaza is planted with stately date palms, and the surrounding landscape combines wild badlands with lush grape growing valleys this is Bolivia's primary wineproducing region. The valley climate is idyllic, though winter nights cool off some; the dry season lasts from April to November.

TarijaThis is the most Argentine city of Bolivia in two ways: it´s habitants are descended from Argentine gauchos, and more importantly, it is a great wine region. The city has the same feel as towns like Jujuy and Salta in Argentina. In a place like El Gattopardo on the central plaza, you can really feel like being in an excellent European or Argentine restaurant, while sipping on an excellent local Concepciòn wine, and all that for Bolivian prices. The city is known for its fiestas and the unique musical instruments used to celebrate them. The student population adds to the liveliness.

Places to Visit

Tarija Tomatas: Natural bathing resort
Museo de Arqueologla y Paleontologia
Castillo de Moises Navajas
Casa DoradaMirador Loma de San Juan
Wineries
Tomatitas
Coimata Falls
La Tablada: Historic grounds
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Residencial Zeballos
Residencial Rosario
Hosteria Espana
Hostal Bolivar
Hostal Miraflores
Hostal Libertador
Gran Buenos Aires Hostal

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