Introduction

The pace of life in tranquil Tupiza seems a few beats slower than in other Bolivian towns, making this a great place to relax for a few days, head out for a rip-romping cowboy adventure like Butch Cassidy and Sundance did 100 years ago, or trundle off on the back road to Salar de Uyuni.

Set in a spectacular ‘Wild West’ countryside, the capital of the southern Chichas region is in a corner of Río Tupiza Valley, surrounded by rugged scenery – cactus-studded slopes and eroded rainbow-colored rocks cut by gravelly quebradas (ravines, usually dry).

The climate is mild year-round, with most of the rain falling between November and March. From June to August, days are hot, dry and clear, but nighttime temperatures can drop to below freezing.