Valleys: Sucre, Tarija and Cochabamba

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SUCRE

It is the constitutional capital of Bolivia and capital of Chuquisaca department. The city is located in the south-central area of the country and lies at an altitude of 2,750 masl. Also known as "The City of Four Names": Charcas, Villa de Oropeza, Silver and Sucre. Since colonial Sucre looks like a typical Spanish town, its narrow streets downtown are organized in blocks, reflecting the Andalusian culture, which is also evident in the great houses and numerous convents and churches of the city.

Until the eighteenth century, Sucre was the judicial center, religious and cultural life of the entire region of the colony. In 1839, already in the Republican era, after the city was named the capital of Bolivia, was re-named after independence leader Antonio Jose de Sucre. In 1898 the Bolivian seat of government moved to La Paz, after a civil war.

Sucre is listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and attracts many foreign visitors every year thanks to its well-conserved downtown with buildings from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Attractions in the city of Sucre: Freedom House, Museum of La Recoleta, Palacio de la Glorieta, The local cemetery, Cretaceous Park Cal Orck'o and ASUR Indigenous Textile Museum.

The surrounding area features beautiful landscapes that allow walks and hikes in touch with nature, local cultures (Tarabuco Jalqa) and sites of archaeological / paleontological importance as: Cordillera de los Frailes, Maragua, Tarabuco Potolo, Chaunaca, Chataquilla.

TARIJA

It is a city south of the country has a pobación approximately 200,000 inhabitants, the city is surrounded by attractive countryside, where you can engage in fishing and walks in the country's largest vineyards. Tourist Attractions: Paleontological Museum, Archaeological and Historical Church of San Francisco, Metropolitan Cathedral, the Golden House. Tarija is to enjoy the special stage and surprised the vine and the wine produced at an altitude higher than 1700 masl and are part of the tour of the Wine Route and Singani high, which includes visits to vineyards, wineries and cultural and natural attractions of the Tarija valley.

On the outskirts of the city lies the Valley of Concepcion, a town of 2500 inhabitants, offers visitors, wine and countryside vineyards, natural spas, wine list and singanis height (made with raw materials produced over 1700 m), is located just 25 minutes from the city of Tarija, is performed chapaca harvest Festival, where the grape harvest, represents the most important moment for all grower since the culmination of a year of effort dedication to the cultivation of the vine, days before the harvest is conducted to Encounter of Art and Wine, space that brings together artists from various disciplines for 10 days, the main square of Valle de la Concepción becomes the stage for artists painting and sculpture works made their share of population and visitors.

COCHAMBAMBA

It is part of the backbone of the country next to La Paz and Santa Cruz. It is considered the capital of the valley and is surrounded by vast fields of agricultural and natural landscapes of great appeal, it is also important for the many typical restaurants where you can enjoy the best of Bolivian cuisine. It was founded in 1571 as part of the Viceroyalty of Peru, with the aim of creating a center of agricultural production to provide food for the mining towns of the western region, as Potosí and Oruro.

In the city center you can find modern architecture coexists with many preserved buildings from the colony. One of the biggest attractions is the Cristo de la Concordia, monumental sculpture slightly exceeding the one on Rio de Janeiro.

Tourist Attractions: Cristo de la Concordia, Plaza 14 de Sepriembre, the court, the Palacio Portales I. Simon Patiño. Near the city is the interpolation of Villa Tunari, 91 km from the city of Cochabamba in a region of great natural beauty, on the confluence of the Holy Spirit and St. Matthew, which together form the Chapare River. The village lies in the tropical forest, surrounded by lush vegetation so there are several nature reserves, including the Machia Park and Carrasco National Park. The first is the refuge Inti Wara Yassi, where are preserved many animals in captivity. Another point of interest in Villa Tunari is The Jungle, a theme park in the woods.

The main Feast of Cochabamba is the Festival of Urkupiña, is a celebration in honor of its patron Virgin of Urkupiña on August 15, the day of pilgrimages and traditional folk expression, for five days, is engaged in native dance and folklore, and religion, attendance of pilgrims and tourists is estimated at over half a million.

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