The Samaipata Fort (El Fuerte de Samaipata), located in the eastern tropical department of Santa Cruz, Bolivia, is actually not a fort. It is the world's largest carved rock surface, and was most likely used for ceremonial purposes. It's mysterious origins had initially been attributed to the Incas; however, there is evidence it was initially carved by another ancient civilization several hundred years prior to their occupation of this area called the Chané. The town of Samaipata, just a few miles further down the road is known as Bolivia's "Little Switzerland" due to its location in the Andes foothills, cooler weather, and the large community of European and American foreigners who live there.
Photo: By Marcelo Claros Marzana - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=28754493
Samaipata, located 2 hours West of Bolivia's largest city,
is nestled in a picturesque valley and it's Bolivian and foreign residents enjoy a privileged landscape and beautifully moderate climate. The Samaipata fort is the town's top tourist attraction; however, Samaipata is also a gateway to Amboro National Park, and there are many other beautiful sites to visit. See our Samaipata Tours page for details on local attractions and activities, and select Samaipata Hostels and Hotels here.
A video walking tour of the Samaipata rock formation and ruins.
Video in Spanish but shows close up details of the carvings on the Samaipata rock, rock paintings at Mataral, some of the artifacts found in the area, and other details about the fort.
Video tour en español, muy bien hecho y explicado, detallando cómo llegar a Samaipata, al Fuerte, a Cuevas, a los Viñedos Uvairenda, dónde alojarte, y más junto con costos para cada opción.