Coimata. San Jacinto Lake. San Lorenzo Bolivia

Coimata. San Jacinto Lake. San Lorenzo Bolivia

This is part 2 of our day. We had been to the wineries in the south. So we headed back for a traditional lunch, and to collect a different set of explorers. As we head out of Tarija, we pass through the Avenue of Americas.

First stop is the San Jacinto Lake and dam. This was man-made about 10 years ago. It is no swimming, or fishing ground, but is rather used as a recreational area. I have to say it has some pretty noxious weeds growing in it!

Then across the street is the dam. It worries me that the high wall has so little protection against accidents. The road goes right over the top of the dam and ends up at a stack of little local restaurants.

My son runs and plays around happily in the sun. He has no trouble or worry in the world. Such a happy boy! The locals sit in the shade and eat fruit. This little boy cares for the baby.

You can take a boat ride, but it is a hot day, so none of us wants to.

Next stop is a small waterfall – Coimata. We go for a bit of a hike. Locals have set up small grills on the side and are making lunch.

It is pretty cold, and after our last trip to Brazil where we both fell into the waterfall, we are very cautious!

We then head to San Lorenzo. This is a lovely little town. We are meant to go to the museum, but it is Monday and the museum is closed.

I feel like these tours are not too well planned! I am also realizing that the afternoon tour is NOT a winery tour as I had hoped.

The center square is pretty. It has a heap of different monuments. It also has a statue of a legendary soldier who lost his hand. My son is quite intrigued by this story.

We finish off at a little café house. Here we try the local drink Alaja de Cebada – it is a sweet juice. We also eat Empanada Blanqueada – a sweet dessert biscuit filled with fruit marmalade, and iced with drippy white icing – I love this one!

Lastly, we are given Rosquete – it is a dry biscuit made with egg and icing. Some of our group members buy the local sweet juice packed in soft drink bottles.

Finally, we head back to town. It has been a wonderful day, and we are exhausted!

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