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Samaipata is an excellent destination for those seeking tranquility, good weather and a typical village in the Bolivian mountains. In addition there is the important archaeological site known as El Fuerte (The Fort) and it's the gateway to one of the most important National Parks in Bolivia: Amboro National Park.

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Samaipata is a quiet town of colonial buildings and pleasant weather. Samaipata (in Quechua) means "rest in the hills", and it's located at 1650 meters over the sea level.

Getting to Samaipata

Samaipata is 120 km. from Santa Cruz de la Sierra. The road from Santa Cruz to Samaipata is very picturesque. From km 65 the road begins to rise and the weather becomes cooler and pleasant. The views from the road are beautiful.

There are several bus companies that make the journey in approximately 2 to 3 hours. You can also share a taxi, which is a faster and more frequent transport.

Archaeological Park "The Fort (El Fuerte)

El Fuerte is a pre-Hispanic archaeological site declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It worked as an administrative, political and ceremonial place of the different cultures of the area. Archaeological Park "The Fort" is divided into the Ceremonial and the Administrative areas.

The Ceremonial part is shaped by a large rock of 220 x 60 meters, carved with geometric and zoomorphic forms. It's said to be the largest carved stone in the world.

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Devotion to sacred animals and the study of astronomy are represented in the figures of the rock.

The Administrative sector consists of different buildings that were used as houses, reservoirs, aqueducts, etc. The archaeologists are often admired by the use of rock in this monument and its aesthetic balancing the landscape of the place.

The cultures that inhabited "El Fuerte" were:

Period: 800 - 1300: Mojocoya and Chan's Great Grigotá
Period: twelve century: Guarani temporary (transit) location
Period: 1350 - 1450: Inca
Colonial period: works as Spanish fort

Archaeological Park "The Fort" is 8km from the center of Samaipata.

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Other walks around Samaipata:

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Caves` Falls (Cascadas de Cuevas):
Waterfalls Caves are located 20 km from Samaipta amid a beautiful natural landscape. It's a very popular ride and perfect for a dip in the waterfalls and streams.

Mataral Caves (Cuevas de Mataral):
Mataral Caves are a geological and anthropological treasure, with cave paintings and petroglyphs of prehistoric men inside, it's estimated to date from the year 4,000 BC.
Mataral caves are located 65 km from Samaipata, on the road to Cochabamba. Another walk not to be missed is the Mataral desert, with its interesting geological formations and cactus variety.

Pajcha are waterfalls. Ideal for swimming, the nature around them is extremely well preserved. They are located 46 km from Samaipata.

Amboro National Park

Amboro National Park consists of 500,000 hectares at the confluence of three great range ecosystems: Andes, Amazon and Chaco. Amboro Park has a rich biodiversity. It contains over 2,659 counted species of plants, 127 mammals, 105 reptiles, 73 amphibians and 842 species of birds. From Samaipata easy reach Amboro National Park for hiking and observing nature in all its splendor. A highly recommended tour.

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