Paths of Excellence

Paths of Excellence

Tarija – Bolivia

Tastes and flavors along the Route of Highlands Wine and Singani

Known as the majestic land of flowers, Tarija’s territory is a beautiful valley that hosts various small towns and villages inhabited by hospitable people, located in the south of Bolivia, on the border with Argentina and Paraguay. It is located at 1950 meters above sea level, with an annual average temperature of 18 º C. It enjoys a mild climate that ranges from being warm to being hot.  Winter is concentrated between the months of June, July and August. It’s the smallest city of Bolivia and is characterized by its friendly and extroverted people, the “chapaco” is outgoing, singer, storyteller and cheerful. The term “Chapaco” comes from the Quechua language and means “lookout, an assistant for visitors, willing to serve others “.

Tarija - Viñedos

Tarija – Viñedos

The countryside is famous worldwide for hosting the highest vineyards in the world, the fine wines and the delicious singani (alcoholic Bolivian beverage made from the distillation of grape wine). Both the city of Tarija and its countryside are appreciated for their scenery of incomparable beauty. You can practice adventure, historical, architectural and cultural tourism. Around the circuits of the “Route of Wines and Singanis” there is a vast array of quality food products, which are offered as well as different initiatives that valorize cultural identity. Among the most renowned events in Tarija visitors can enjoy the Chapaco Carnival, the feast of the Patron Saint Roque in August, the Wine Festival at the end of February and the Art and Wine Fair are.

The Tarija products – Bolivia

Tarija - Viñedos

Tarija – Viñedos

The main economic activity of Tarija is wine industry. Singani and wines of high quality are produced for national consumption and for exportation. The city also has: processing plants of dairy products that produces top-quality cow and goat cheese, companies of special ham production; packing fruit industries, wood industries and red ceramic factories. The rural area is vast, with micro-regions in which diversified farming practices have been developed.

Besides vine crops, there are a variety of species of vegetables, fruits, especially of peaches and berries and there is also a production of mushrooms and flowers that are sold in the national market and are exported, especially to Argentina. Among the most traditional alimentary products are the pastries: tamales, chirriadas, delicious rosquetes (bread roll) and fried pastry. These are the most desired desserts throughout the country. The exceptional drinks of: barley, peanut, dried peach, linseed, maize chicha (alcoholic drink made from fermented maize or fruits), and grape chicha. Among the delicacies: tablets of peanut, orange, coconut, ancucos, stubble, buns, white and purple api (drink made of corn kernels). A festival of colors, flavors, scents that delight and excite.

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