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Mysterious Samaipata, Bolivia

Samaipata has developed into one of the top gringo-trail spots in eastern Bolivia over the last few years. This sleepy village in the foothills of the Cordillera Oriental is brimming with foreign-run hostels and restaurants. Visitors flock to see the pre-Inca site of El Fuerte, some in search of a dose of the ancient site’s supposed mystical energy, while increasingly it is the main jumping-off point for forays to Parque Nacional Amboró. But it’s not just foreigners who come up here; Samaipata is a popular weekend destination for cruceños, too. The Quechua name, meaning ‘Rest in the Highlands,’ could hardly be more appropriate.

El Fuerte de Samaipata

El Fuerte de Samaipata is a unique archaeological site in the mountains of central Bolivia. It features a stone hill carved with a wide variety of animal and geometric figures. It has been designated a World Heritage Site. The archaeological site of Samaipata consists of two parts: the hill with its many carvings, believed to have been the ceremonial centre of the old town (14th–16th centuries), and the area to the south of the hill, which formed the administrative and residential district. The huge sculptured rock, dominating the town below, is a unique testimony to pre-Hispanic traditions and beliefs, and has no parallel anywhere in the Americas.

El Zoo Refugio

Zoo El Refugio is charming and responsible little zoo is actually a refuge for rescued animals. The zoo accepts volunteers (one month minimum) who can lodge for free in exchange for their labor, and there is an attractive wooded camping area if you fancy spending a night among the animals. Horses are available for hire for B$35 per hour or B$200 per day. Zoo Samaipata Refugio is a small place primarily staffed by volunteers who live there caring and tending their animals. It is 2 km from the village. Simon, spider monkey, is known worldwide thanks to the warm welcome offered to anyone who comes by. No need to get nervous when you start escalarnos and surround us with his long arms and legs.

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A Visit to Samaipata, Bolivia

A Visit to Samaipata, Bolivia

26.11.2012 - Indian Country Today Media

In the hot Bolivian lowland hills that stretch toward the Amazon rainforest, indigenous peoples began to carve a giant red-hued rock. Beginning work about 1,700 years ago they etched their story into the exposed mountaintop. The rock and carvings are...

Mysterious Samaipata Bolivia


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