The Amboró National Park is one of the most beautiful in Bolivia, it is perfect for watching birds, butterflies and frogs, having rivers, waterfalls, forests of ferns and other wonders of nature. It is normally reached from the town of Samaipata. The Park is located in the "elbow of the Andes" and is formed by sandstone mountains, which have been eroded by the high level of rainfall in the region. The heat and high humidity are constant elements in the park, there are abundant butterflies with magical colors. Bromeliads are also common in the Park, and the park in general is covered with thick and varied vegetation, except in areas which have been deforested for agricultural purposes. Some areas of the Park are almost inaccessible places, where streams have formed narrow, deep canyons where now there is several feet of water. There is also a large bamboo area. In some areas of the forest, giant ferns grow besides cedar and maras. The kite is one of the 700 species of resident and migratory birds that inhabit this vast park which extends over an area of 442,500 hectares.
The Fuerte de Samaipata is an archaeological site, located 3 kilometers from Samaipata, situated at an altitude of 1,950 meters above sea level. It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1998, and is believed to be the work of the Guarani culture. It is popularly called "The Fort", as it is on the top of a hill. Apparently it was a ceremonial centre, and its position also allowed it to have an astronomical use. After the Guarani times the site was occupied by the Incas, at the time of their maximum expansion. El Fuerte de Samaipata is divided into two sections, the first consisting of a sculptured rock 250 meters long and 60 meters wide with an area of1.2 hectares, making it the largest petroglyph in the world, situated on a hill at 1,950 meters above sea level . The second section consists of an administrative and residential area, located to the south of the big carved rock.
In the main square, actually, the only square in Samaipata, there is a sundial that indicates the time with absolute accuracy. This colonial-style town, with its narrow streets, and a very calm and relaxed atmosphere, broken only by the traffic travelling between Santa Cruz de la Sierra, 120 km away, and Cochabamba, about 450 kilometers away.