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South America » Bolivia » Potosí Department » Tupiza September 28th 2012

Our dream-like visit to Bolivia's spellbinding southwest is over, and I find myself back in the hustle and bustle of La Paz, quite a shock after seven days of quiet, wide-open spaces. There is time, of course, to enjoy more of La Paz's lovely international food scene (who knew you could get such an authentic chicken madras, or such delicious miso soup, in Bolivia?) before I have to depart yet again. After a couple of days of enforced rest in La Paz - I think my body is sending me some sort of "slow down" message - I make my way south. Just in time, as it happens. Bolivia is well known - perhaps best known in the world, together with Nepal - for its tradition of extraordinarily frequent and sometimes violent public protests, strikes, lockdowns ... read more
Canyon country outside Tupiza
Canyon country outside Tupiza
Cañón del Duende, Tupiza

South America » Bolivia » Potosí Department » Tupiza August 31st 2012

Day 318 Friday 24th August We hadn’t got a lot of sleep over the last couple of days so when the alarm went off at 7.30 it was hard for us to stumble out of our bed. Despite having our crappy heater on all night in our tiny room we still woke up freezing. The breakfast was surprisingly good with a good variety but the only problem was that they let a busker in to perform whilst we ate. Of course as he only performed one pathetic song on a Ukulele and then went around demanding money off everyone. Absolute bullshit to be subjected to this sort of rubbish over your morning coffee, particularly when after giving him all the change we had on us he stood there demanding more……welcome to Bolivia. Didn’t have a lot ... read more
On the road to Tupiza
On the road to Tupiza

South America » Bolivia » Potosí Department » Tupiza August 18th 2012

Ok, I´ve been to two more countries since i last wote the blog. Thats pretty poor eh! Plusthis computer is rally odd so I don´t know how to upload photos. Also the apostrophe button on the keyboard keep coming up as different things when i press it, its quite dark and i can really see the keys without my glasses (which, along wth may othe things that would be useful, I have failed to bring) and Im waitin for Sara and will ditch this blog entry when she arrives. And, to be honest, I can even remember what Iǘve (see what i mean about the apostrophe?)done! Now that Iǘve filled you with confidence about what youŕe about to read (are you really still reading it?!) Iĺl begin. So we always wanted to go to Tupiza, as ... read more

South America » Bolivia » Potosí Department » Tupiza June 21st 2012

Bolivia is South America’s most indigenous country. It is also it’s poorest. For us, these factors make it arguably the most interesting to travel. First stop, Uyuni. We were greeted by women in traditional dress; shin-length skirts puffed out above many layers of netting and underneath them woollen socks pulled high to cover the knee, fixed in place with string. Feet cramped into tiny, cumbersome shoes; they look a little like hooves. A cardigan and shawl wrapped tightly around the upper half; the high altitude across Bolivia makes for frigid temperatures. Then the iconic hat, perched on top, balanced precariously, fixed curiously. It’s called a “bombin” and was introduced by the British railway workers back in the 1920s. And beneath every bombin hangs two long, black braids, many streaked with grey from old age and hard ... read more
Beautiful Tupiza
Beautiful Countryside
Reflected Landscape

South America » Bolivia » Potosí Department » Tupiza June 7th 2012

We travelled by three buses (one broke down in the middle of nowhere) to reach the town of Tupiza. After doing some research this was the spot recommended by so many other travellers from where to start the Uyuni Salt Flats Tour but the town itself had lots more to offer. It was clear that Bolivia is a very different country from Argentina from as soon as we stepped off the bus. The locals are extremely friendly and offered information and assistance about things to do etc. but not in a forceful way. But also the landscape here was rugged with the town being enveloped in red overhanging mountains. It was really picturesque. We walked around a few hostels before staying in a pricey enough spot because it had internet! Our few days here were a ... read more
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Horse Riding Tour
Horse Riding Tour

South America » Bolivia » Potosí Department » Tupiza March 24th 2012

Dear family and friends, Iguazu Falls was amazing. After visiting the Brazilian side of the falls, we made it across the border and into Argentina. This involved long waits on the side of the road, however we were in no rush. We stayed in Porto Iguazu for a few days and the highlights included; eating great steak, eating cheap ice creams and chilling out with our good friends Mike, Tamsin, Ross, Donna and Bobby. On one of these days paul was savagely attacked by a vicious pack, of what could have been mistaken as wolves, but were actually chuawas. He was then bitten on the face by bed bugs...poor guy!!! The next day our crew decided to go into Paraguy and buy cheap electronics. The bus didnt stop at the border, so we had to walk ... read more
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South America » Bolivia » Potosí Department » Tupiza March 13th 2012

Tupiza to Uuyni We (Alana, Paul, Ian and I) arrived at the boarder of Bolivia and Argentina extremely breathless and a little cold, we had started our ascent into Bolivia. Once our visas were sorted we caught the train to Tupiza, a small village that resembles the wild, wild west; red desert, cacti and men wearing cowboy hats. There wasn't too much to do in Tupiza except eat at the many delicious mexican/vegetarian restaurants and go horse riding. We did both. Alana, Paul, Ian and I set off with our 12 year old guide on a gorgeous afternoon. A short while after we left we could see a storm brewing in the distance. Regardless our guide took us to a canyon and shortly after it started raining. As the rain got progressively heavier our child-guide ran ... read more
Horse riding
Green Lagoon

South America » Bolivia » Potosí Department » Tupiza January 26th 2012

After hearing about the bad road conditions from Uyuni to Tupiza, we all decided that since the train was so good last time, it would be the perfect way to travel once more. Our Salt Flat tour had finished in the evening and the train would depart the station at 10:40pm that evening. This was pretty much perfect as it meant we could sleep on the train and would save money on accommodation. The only potential downside of this wily plan was the fact that the train would get into Tupiza at 4.30am and therefore meant sleeping in the station until a hotel or café opened. We decided it was worth the minor inconvenience. Once aboard the train, it wasn’t long before we realised this wasn’t quite going to be the smooth and perfect ride that ... read more
Amazing flower growing on a cactus
Whilst trekking
Beatiful and isolated here

South America » Bolivia » Potosí Department » Tupiza September 29th 2011

Rob Writes We made it to La Quiaca at the Argentina/Bolivia boarder at about 7am and it was damn cold. Although we had read the boarder was only a fifteen minute walk away we hailed a cab anyway, which cost us about eight pesos, or just over a pound, for three of us I might add. To be on the safe side we hooked up with four other travellers going the same way as us and shared two cabs. We were much calmer about crossing this border seeing as it was no longer our first and knew what to expect, but kept wary of the scammers we had heard about who apparently like to hang around border crossings. I think it was too early/cold for them though because we were the only ones there almost. So ... read more
Tupiza, Bolivia (4)
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Salt Flats Tour, Day 1 (1)

South America » Bolivia » Potosí Department » Tupiza July 27th 2011

Red dust, rainbow coloured rocks, sunshine and a little bit of wind....made me feel though I had arrived in the wild west when I set foot in Tupiza. The journey from Uyuni to Tupiza was bumpy, and I might never quite understand how so much dust can enter into a bus when the windows are closed.....but I really enjoyed my time in this city. It is quaint and easy to maneuver though the small dusty street, and apart from the stray dogs that randomely bark (and find a way of scaring me...), it is a great city to relax in and get some peace and quiet. I got my own room for the first time in a long while, which meant no roommates waking me up in the middle of the night....which was amazing! They say ... read more
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