El Angosto


This scenic spot 10km south of Tupiza is the site of a narrow tunnel carved into the mountain, known as the angosto (narrow). Until 2011, the tunnel was the only thoroughfare for traffic coming to and from Villazón at the border with Argentina. The tunnel is near the juncture of the rivers Tupiza and San Juan. Where the two meet there are some striking rock formations, including la torre (the tower). The area makes for a pleasant hike.

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1. Cañón del Duende


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2. Quebrada Palmira

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3. Municipal Museum

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Tupiza’s municipal museum houses a jumble of historical and cultural artifacts in two rooms. The artifacts include an antique cart, old photographs,…

4. Church

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Overlooking Plaza Independencia is Tupiza's Catholic church. It's closed outside mass times.

5. Cerro Corazón de Jesús

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7. Cerro de la Cruz

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A steep, rocky path leads to the top of Cerro de la Cruz, affording breathtaking views of Tupiza and the surrounding hills. The hike takes about two hours…

8. Quebrada Palala

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About 3km northwest of Tupiza is Quebrada Palala, a broad quebrada (wash) lined with some very impressive red formations known as fins. During the rainy…