Life in the raw, Tarija’s Paleontology Museum

If Tarija is famed for its Mediterranean climate and its vineyards, it is also famous throughout Bolivia as being a region rich in pre-historic sites filled with fossils and whole skeletons of dinosaurs and ancient mammals.

There are areas just outside Tarija literally littered with fossils, and some of the best finds from the region are now on display in Tarija’s Archaeology and Paleontology Museum. The museum isn’t very large, it only takes 30 minutes or so to visit, but you can get up close and personal with the region’s pre-history – and it’s free.

Giant sloth, Tarija's Paleontology Museum, Bolivia

Giant sloth, Tarija’s Paleontology Museum, Bolivia

Tarija's Paleontology Museum, Bolivia

Tarija’s Paleontology Museum, Bolivia

Tarija's Paleontology Museum, Bolivia

Tarija’s Paleontology Museum, Bolivia

Tarija's Paleontology Museum, Bolivia

Tarija’s Paleontology Museum, Bolivia

Giant bones of an early elephant, Tarija's Paleontology Museum, Bolivia

Giant bones of an early elephant, Tarija’s Paleontology Museum, Bolivia

Tarija's Paleontology Museum, Bolivia

Tarija’s Paleontology Museum, Bolivia

Giant bones of an early elephant, Tarija's Paleontology Museum, Bolivia

Giant bones of an early elephant, Tarija’s Paleontology Museum, Bolivia

Tarija's Paleontology Museum, Bolivia

Tarija’s Paleontology Museum, Bolivia

A full elephant skeleton, Tarija's Paleontology Museum, Bolivia

A full elephant skeleton, Tarija’s Paleontology Museum, Bolivia

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