It has inspired many archaeologist to reveal the wildest theories. Ranging from spaceship launching platform via rain and season measuring device to star calendar. The truth is: No one knows why it was build, but we do know it was done by a tribe called Moyo coya which lived from around the year 500 to 1000 and then quietly disappeared, only leaving behind the giant sculptured rock now called "El Fuerte".
10km out of Samaipata, go back down the road to Santa Cruz for about 3.5km and turn right at the sign. Take water, a hat and sunscreen and allow about 2 hours to explore the Inca fortress of which little remains except for a large stone slab with zoomorphic carvings and a lot of graffiti! If you don't want to walk then negotiate in town for a taxi which should cost around Bs. 60 for up to 4 people.
Tel. 944 60 65
Admission – Bs. 20, includes entry to El Fuerte
CULTURAL CENTRE ASAC
Asociacion Samaipata Cultural
Zoologico El Refugio
Works only as an animal refuge
Tels. 944 61 69, 726 51 278
2 kms from Samaipata going to San Juan
ROCK ART PAINTINGS
Siarb (Bolivian Rock Art Research Society)
Contact local guides
Climb high to see where the condors live. Please contact Pieter at La Vispera for this tour
CERRO DE LA PATRIA
Follow signs to Campeche cabins. Cross the football pitch and go along the edge of the forest until you reach the road. Go to the end of the road and the up the mountain. At the top is a wire fence, cross it and turn left. (Watch out for snakes in the grass!) You will find some stone circles – originally Inca silos. This walk should take you 2 hours.
CHE GUEVARRA TOUR
Follow the last steps of the world most famous guerilla revolutionary icon
AMBORO NATIONAL PARK
Laguna de Quirusillas
This laid back village 30km from Samaipata is a great place to spend a couple of days. The ridge above the lake 7km away offers spectacular views out over the Vallegrande valley and Mariana and Samaipata.
Treks up to 6 days through the Amboro National park.
Contact local guides.
40m waterfall surrounded by lush vegetation, natural swimming pool. Better to join a tour or at least hire a private taxi - U$30 for up to 4 people.