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Address: Samaipata, Bolivia

The archaeological site contains walls from ancient Inca dwellings.

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This place is beautiful, full of history, and will take you at least an hour to soak in. There are many guides that you can hire at the trailhead or you can take in the place on... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Eva M
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place is beautiful, full of history, and will take you at least an hour to soak in. There are many guides that you can hire at the trailhead or you can take in the place on your own.

Thank Eva M
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

El Fuerte is an archeological site nearby Samaipata, in the old route from Santa Cruz to Cochabamba. This prehispanic site consists in a sculpted rock in the top of a mountain. It is believed it was a militar and religious center, with cultures like Inca and previous one recognizing this site as of strategical importance. In the surroundings of the... More 

Thank Fernando C
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visit the museo in Samaipata first for some advance understanding. I took a mototaxi one way (20B) and walked the 10km back along the road (a walking trail straight up and down is unfortunately not available). At the site you are strictly restricted by paths and fixed miradors hence reducing adventure but in many cases - but not all -... More 

Thank Pieter O
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Perfect place to hike and see all of Samaipata in its full glory. The fort itself is amazing. Make sure you take enough water

Thank Carolina N
Bend, Oregon
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Reviewed 16 February 2017

I am not a huge indian ruins fan, but if you are, this is your spot! I did enjoy the hike to the top of the mountain. It is also unique in that it is the center point of Bolivia and the 360 views are truly breathtaking. I would recommend having a guide. Ours spoke very decent English and we... More 

Thank Rudi M B
Ghent, Belgium
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Reviewed 27 January 2017 via mobile

The ruïns are pretty nice but the view is the great winner of this site. You walk around and are amazed at every turn. I would recommend to drive up and walk back to samaipata (2hrs). Take a swim at the river halfway!

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Reviewed 16 January 2017 via mobile

Great place to visit, very special. The walk takes approx. 1 hour at slow pace, enjoy the views, they are quite stunning. Take a guide with you so they can tell you about the history behind the ruins, it's pretty interesting.

Thank AnaStarrenburg
Quilmes, Argentina
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Reviewed 9 January 2017

If you are going to Samaipata you have to go there!! it's an incredible place in the mountains! Just be patient and pay attention to the route cause it's very high! and there are many cars on the way! haha :)

Thank Daniel J
Concord, North Carolina
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Reviewed 1 January 2017

Ample grounds for kids to play and see nature, while experiencing a new culture and ruins. It does require a hike but it is not strenuous (we did it with a 3yr old, and 60yr old in the group)

Thank cepaz
Samaipata, Bolivia
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Reviewed 20 December 2016

This place is a mystery. Few people are not somehow touched by it. I have been several times and never fail to feel how special it is. Carved by ancient people - and one wonders how, in the midst of forests and mountains, they found it or chose it - it is a unique archeological site in South America. Don`t... More 

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