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Tarabuco (Bolivia)

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4 / 5 - One review
How to get there
It's a 1 hour drive from Sucre
When to go

All year round

Minimum stay
One day

Reviews of Tarabuco

Caroline Gourmaud Seasoned Traveller
221 written opinions

About 50km east of Sucre, the village of Tarabuco is known for its craft market, one of the most traditional craft markets in Bolivia.

My suggestion:
If you're in the region on the second Sunday in March, don't miss the Tarabuco or Pulljay carnivals. Among the celebrations in the Quechua language, the folk dances and the colourful costumes, you'll feel like you're in a different world!
My review

Located on the edge of the Cordillera Oriental, Tarabuco is an authentic Bolivian town which hosts one of the most famous markets in Bolivia every Sunday.

For centuries, Indians from the surrounding villages have come to Tarabuco to sell livestock, fruits and vegetables, and handicrafts. In the cobbled streets, vendors and customers bargain hard under the eyes of travellers who are awestruck by the authenticity. Despite the frenzy and the hundreds of onlookers, the atmosphere is friendly and the market is well organised.

If you want to buy authentic souvenirs while travelling around Bolivia (aguayos or multicoloured cloth, coca leaves, llama fetuses, a charango or even clothes made from alpaca wool), you're in the right place. Don't be a bad tourist, respect the Indians and their customs and everything will be just fine! A truly authentic experience in the heart of the Bolivian mountains. 

Tarabuco Market, Bolivia
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