If the rugged arid scenery that surrounds Tupiza reminds you of something right out of a country western film its probably because it is. This was the location of the last stand of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Typically, people stop in to Tupieza as a jumping off point for exploration into the Altiplano and the Uyuni Salt flats or as a stop afterwards on the way to Argentina. However, those who stop in will be drawn in to the city’s laid back atmosphere and beautiful surrounding landscapes. Tupiza is one of the hidden gems of Bolivia, and although it is a little bit difficult to get to, it is worth every bit of struggle along the way.
Things to do in Tupiza
- Hiking: There are a number of good hikes that you can take part in from Tupiza. The nearby Cerro Corazon de Jesus offers a quick hike and is perfect to do first thing in the morning.
- Markets: The big market day is Saturday, but there are also other markets situated just outside of town. Check out Mercado Campesino during the week for similar things that you would find in town on Saturdays.
- Salt Flats: This is the jumping off point for most Northbound travelers to the Uyuni salt flats. Here in town you can organize your tours, although you may have to wait a day or two for a jeep to fill.
Where to Eat in Tupiza
Tupiza isn’t known for its fine cuisine. Most of the backpackers to the area simply head to the main market and eat at one of the stalls for very cheap. If you are in the need of a more traditional eating environment check out a place called La Italiana which offers everything from pizza to Chinese food (meals from 4-8US$).
Where to Sleep in Tupiza
During my stay in Tupiza I rested my head a place called Hotel Mitru where I paid about 8US$ for a private room. The hotel has a pool, and I can’t imagine a better place to stay in town.
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