We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

El Fuerte de Samaipata

Samaipata, Bolivia
Review Highlights
The best alternative to Machu Pichu!

I enjoyed every single second of El Fuerte. So much untouched nature, such nice surroundings, no... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Auckland, New Zealand
Great place to visit

This is a gorgeous place to visit. I loved every second of it. Take your time to walk around or sit... read more

Reviewed November 26, 2017
via mobile
Read all 320 reviews
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
The archaeological site contains walls from ancient Inca dwellings.
  • Excellent59%
  • Very good32%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible0%
Travelers talk about
“two hours” (5 reviews)
“nice walk” (5 reviews)
“walk around” (3 reviews)
Samaipata, Bolivia
Samaipata, Bolivia
Write a ReviewReviews (320)
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
  • More languages

1 - 10 of 98 reviews

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I enjoyed every single second of El Fuerte. So much untouched nature, such nice surroundings, no overfilling from tourists and modern institutions. So much less stressful and cheaper than the Machu Pichu Trip! I can totally recommend it to anyone (even if you're not interested...More

Thank ninafleurchen
Reviewed November 26, 2017 via mobile

This is a gorgeous place to visit. I loved every second of it. Take your time to walk around or sit on one of the benches. I had wouldn't advice to let a taxi wait for you, because then you'll have a big change you...More

Thank ClaudiaBo77
Reviewed November 5, 2017 via mobile

Well organized, tickets are cheap, no need of guides, great sightseeing and a very impressive giant sandstone carved thousands of years ago

Thank Christian Eduar... B
Reviewed October 10, 2017

a visit to el fuerte is at the same time a very relaxing and beautiful walk, with very nice vies---ws both or the rock itself and of the surroundings. Good info

Thank marc_lut_1961
Reviewed October 2, 2017 via mobile

We hired a Jeep to go to the fort while spending the weekend in Samaipata. It is said that this fort is pretty Incan and established by the ancient tribe of Change the Incas and invaded by the Guarani. Very cool day. The guide also...More

Thank frequent1
Reviewed September 24, 2017

This is a must see in my opinion if you are in the area. How often do you get to see man-made sites from the 300's . The visit is an inspiration to learn about pre-Incan cultures that most people have never heard of. Be...More

Thank muddyH2O
Reviewed June 27, 2017

It is located at 9 KM to Samaipata, I suggest to get a taxi to go there (cost 15$ round trip with 2 hrs of waiting) the ruins can't be compared with the views and landscapes. Bring your snickers and comfortable clothes!

Thank juan pablo g
Reviewed June 14, 2017 via mobile

We visited the site from Samaipata by taxi. Our guide spoke fairly good English, but he kept repeating the same things. Nonetheless it was worth it for the explanations. Most impressive are the views from the top. Just incredible!

Thank Gary M
Reviewed May 31, 2017

The fortress of Samaipata was not as good as i expected. It is said to be the largest carved rock in the world. Unfortunately most of the interesting carvings are not really visible any more due to weathering. The main part of the carvings is...More

Thank Matthias K
Reviewed May 26, 2017 via mobile

I don't feel like many know of Samaipata, but it is a World Heritage Site and spans 2300 years of existence and at least 3 different cultures. It is an impressive rock with sacred value and similarities to the Mayan and Incan ruins. The large...More

Thank AmanJunkieBoston
Nearby HotelsSee all Samaipata Hotels
El Pueblito Resort
177 reviews
4.39 miles away
Laguna Volcan Golf Eco Resort
55 reviews
11.93 miles away
Refugio Los Volcanes
82 reviews
15.41 miles away
Los Cedros Eco Resort
47 reviews
36.21 miles away
Nearby Restaurants
La Boheme
184 reviews
3.71 miles away
Latina Cafe
109 reviews
3.49 miles away
La Cocina
136 reviews
3.73 miles away
Caffe Art - Sandra Serrate
46 reviews
3.65 miles away
Nearby Attractions
Samaipata Tours Turismo & Artesania
37 reviews
3.52 miles away
Kaleidoscope Travel
26 reviews
3.57 miles away
Refugio Zoologico
68 reviews
4.16 miles away
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from El Fuerte de Samaipata staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Posting guidelines