Tours in and from Tupiza

The quiet town of Tupiza is located in the Potosí district of southern Bolivia. The surrounding area is characterized by a desert landscape with huge cacti and erratic eroded colored rock formations.

Tupiza and her surroundings breathe the atmosphere of the Wild West.

Beginning 1900, the two outlawed bandits Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid descended here.

 

You can go horseback riding around Tupiza, or do a day trip to explore the area.

You can also book a tour from Tupiza through N.P. Avaroa and over the famous salt plateau of the Salar de Uyuni, ending in Uyuni, or ending in San Pedro de Atacama in Chile.

 

Important notes:
Due to climate and road conditions, for all tours through the Salar de Uyuni routes may vary and can sometimes be changed without notice, reason for which details of the tours through the Salar de Uyuni are only for reference, and are not to be taken as an exact itinerary of what the tours implies.
For tours to and from San Pedro de Atacama, Chile, also is applicable: If due to climate and/or road conditions the border crossing between Bolivia/Chile at Hito Cajón is closed, the tour will be diverted to the border crossing at Ollagüe, if possible. This diversion brings extra costs with it that are not included in the tour and that
have to be paid by the client on the spot.


1 day

Horseback riding around Tupiza, 3 hours, 5 hours or full day


Under the guidance of a Spanish speaking guide you will discover the amazing surroundings of Tupiza. On the full day tour you will receive a lunch box to take with you.
You will certainly get to see the cleft of Palmira and the rock formations of La Puerta del Diablo. Then you will ride through the Valle de los Machos where you will see rock formations with a phallic shape and through the Cañon del Inca.
If you choose the 5 hrs. tour you will also ride through the Cañon del Duende. On the full day tour some more places of interest will be visited in addition as for instance El Angosto.

 

  • Included:
    Horse;
    Lunch box: fruit, mineral water and sandwich (only with the full day tour);
    Spanish speaking guide.
  • Not included:
    All other costs that are not mentioned specifically.
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1 day

Triathlon, private tour; Jeep tour 3 hours, hiking 1 hour, horseback riding 3 hrs.


The triathlon includes:
- Jeep Tour:
You will start with a visit to the Quebrada de Palala, one of the most beautiful places in the Chicheño Valley, a gorge in which various communities and touristy places are located. During the route you will see red, grey, blue and violet coloured mountains, without doubt a delight for the eye. Next you pass El Sillar, the soil and rocks in this region are eroded during millions of years, in this way shaping the multi coloured and jagged rocks known as for example Valle de la Luna. Then you pass La Poronga situated in San Miguel, one of the most important attractions in the region, a natural monument of 50 m high with a phallic shape. You continue the tour to the gorge El Angosto. In ancient times Tupiza was an immense lake and time passing the water found its escape for which reason you can enjoy this attraction. Nowadays the water of the Rio Tupiza flows through the gorge. In the rocky structure two tunnels are made, one for traffic and one for trains, resulting in an unequalled attraction during the rainy season.
Continuing the road through El Angosto you will arrive at the viewpoint Entre Ríos, where the rivers San Juan del Oro and Tupiza converge.
- Hike:
You will start your hike from the viewpoint Río up to arrive at La Torre, a 40 m high rock formation in the shape of a bull.
- Horseback riding:
You will start with a visit to the Quebrada de Palmira which is a large gorge where you can appreciate rock formations like La Puerta del Diablo. You will pass the Valle de los Machos where you will see rock formations with a phallic shape and finally you will visit the Cañon del Inca.
You can also choose to cover a part of the tour by bike instead of hiking!

 

  • Included:
    Transport in Jeep;
    Horse;
    Lunch box: fruit, mineral water and sandwich;
    English speaking guide. The guide will NOT be present when you go horseback riding.
  • Not included:
    All other costs that are not mentioned specifically.
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1 day

Jeep Tour, half day or full day, private tour


During the half day circuit in 4WD you will get to see the same places of interest as on the Triathlon.
First you will go to the north and visit Palala, Tambillo, Monte Rico, Charaota and La Poronga.

Then you will go to the south and see El Angosto, The Tower, Toroyoj, Puerta del Diablo, Valley of Males and Cañon del Duende.

If you choose a full day tour you will also visit the Cañon del Inca.

  • Included:
    Transport in Jeep;
    Lunch box: fruit, mineral water and sandwich (only with the full day tour);
    English speaking guide.
  • Not included:
    All other costs that are not mentioned specifically.
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4 days

Tupiza - Salar de Uyuni - Uyuni, group tour or private tour with basic accommodations, or private tour with 3* hotels


You will depart from Tupiza at 7.30 hrs. to visit the Quebrada de Palala, where you will see red rock formations that resemble medieval castles.

After this you will continue to the Sillar where you will enjoy the dramatic landscape before you continue to Nazarenito, a small gold mining community. Then you will head through the abandoned ghost town of San Antonio, a village once famous for its wealth in gold. According to local legends the devil ruled here and forced the suffering villagers to flee... After San Antonio you will pass Laguna Morejón and the area with the same name, with eroded volcanic rock formations.

You will arrive in Quetena where you will spend your first night. If you can stand the cold (-18/-20°C), we recommend to go outside for a few minutes to appreciate the immense Milky Way above you. There is no light pollution here and the sky is truly breath taking.

On the second day you will have to get up early as today is the longest day of the tour. You will pass Laguna Kolpa, where raw material is extracted for making soap. Continuing through the Salar the Chalviri you will arrive at the hot springs for a bath and to have lunch.
Your next stops will be at the Lagunas Verde and Blanca, found at the foot of the Volcano Licancabur (5,868 m), which represents the border between Chile and Bolivia. For your interest: Laguna Verde´s rich green colour is caused by the high arsenic and magnesium content in the water.
You will stop in the Dalí Desert, a place with mountains of surrealistic colours, reminiscent of the works of Salvador Dalí and rock formations of petrified lava. Then you will arrive at the Sol de Mañana Geyser (5,000 m above sea level). This area is intensely volcanic and the temperature within the mud pools can reach up to 90°C. From here you will head on to Huallajara where you will spend the second night.
The first attraction on the third is Laguna Colorada, where you will see flamingos. The lake is fairly shallow with interior islands of borax and ice. Its red colour is caused by chlorine bacteria and sediments in the water.
Heading on, you will pass through the Desierto de Silolí to visit the famous Árbol de Piedra, a tree-shaped rock formation, which has been eroded over the years by sand driven against its sides by the wind to form that distinctive shape. From here you will drive past a series of lagoons to arrive at Laguna Hedionda to have lunch. Here you will see flamingos, vicuñas and possibly even an Andean fox.
After lunch you will pass by Volcano Ollagüe, which is classed as semi-active, as its crater is constantly releasing smoke and continue through the Salar de Chigüana. From here you will head to San Juan, where you will spend your last night of this expedition
in a hostal made of salt.
On the last tour day you will cross the immense salt plain of Uyuni, stretching away in all directions as far as the eye can see. From here you can see Volcano Tunupa. The salt flats are made up of 11 separate layers with a thickness that ranges from 2 to 20 m. It is the biggest reserve of minerals such as lithium, magnesium, potassium, nitrogen, phosphorus and borax in the world. It has 14 small islands, the most important are Incahuasi and Isla del Pescado. Leaving the salt flat you will visit Colchani, the village where the salt is processed. Here you can buy souvenirs, both made from salt and Alpaca wool, which are the two main industries in the area.
Finally you will reach the train cemetery just outside Uyuni. Here you will see Bolivia´s first fleet of trains, powered by steam and now decommissioned. The tour ends in Uyuni between 13.00 and 14.00 hrs.


The mentioned places for the stays overnight are for the tour with basic accommodations; if you choose a tour with stays overnight in 3* hotels the overnight places vary.

 

  • Included:
    Transport in 4x4 vehicle;
    Spanish speaking driver/guide or English speaking guide, depending on your choice;
    Meals from lunch on the 1st day up to and including lunch on the 4th day;
    3x stay overnight in a basic accommodation/dorm room, shared bathroom, or 1x stay overnight in a basic accommodation and 2x stay overnight in a 3* hotel, depending on your choise.
  • Not included:
    Entrance fees;
    All other costs that are not mentioned specifically.
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4 days

Tupiza - Salar de Uyuni - San Pedro de Atacama (Chile), private tour with basic accommodations or private tour with 3* hotels


You will depart from Tupiza at 7.30 hrs. to visit the Quebrada de Palala, where you will see red rock formations that resemble medieval castles. After this you will head on to the Sillar where you will observe the change of vegetation from green dales into a wild-west landscape with dry altiplano grass. Then you will get to see the San Vicente region that is rich in minerals. Here is a small museum with some objects of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. The museum is not always open but if possible you will visit it. 
Then you will continue in the direction of the city of Uyuni. Half a km outside of town you will see the train cemetery. You will arrive in Uyuni around lunch time.

You will enter the salt flat where you will get to see the Ojos des Salar (eyes of the salt flats); here bubbling gases escape from underneath the salt flat, Montones de Sal (salt piles) at the place where salt is extracted and the Salt Museum, that lies in the centre of the salt flat.
Your stay overnight will be in a basic accommodation in Jirira, in Coquesa or in Puerto Chuvica.
The sequence of the places of interest you will see on the second day depends on the place where you stayed the night.

You will depart around 5 to see the sunrise over the salt flat. Today you will also visit Isla Incahuasi, cactus island. You can walk over the island along the huge cacti. There will be time to make photos and to enjoy the beautiful landscape.

Later on you can climb a viewpoint at the Tunupa Volcano from where you can see the salt flats from a bigger height.

Then you will visit Coquesa where you will see well conserved pre-Inca mummies.
In the afternoon the journey goes on to San Juan where you will spend the night in a basic hostal made of salt.
On the third day you will have the chance to make some pictures of the local people of San Juan and then you will travel through the Salar de Chigüana, passing the semi-active Ollagüe Volcano that marks the border between Chile and Bolivia. Further you will get to see five altiplano lagoons where you can see various Andes flamingos. You will have lunch at one of the lagoons.

Then you will drive through the Silolí desert and pass the Árbol de Piedra, a tree-shaped rock formation, which has been eroded over the years by sand driven against its sides by the wind to form that distinctive shape. The drive continues to Laguna Colorada, the red lagoon, at an altitude of 4,300 m where you will arrive between 17.00 and 18.00 hrs.
You will stay overnight in Huallajara close to Laguna Colorada or in Las Cabañas, close to Laguna Verde, the green lake.
If your last night was in Huallajara you will get up very early on the last tour day. Todays' drive will take you through the Eduardo Avaroa Reserve. You will see the Sol de Mañana geyser at the first day light. After that you will get to see the hot springs of Polques, the Dalí Desert, Laguna Blanca, Licancabur Volcano and Laguna Verde.

The tour ends at the border crossing Hito Cajón. You will be taken to the migration office where you will handle the border formalities and pay the tourist tax before leaving Bolivia. Then you will have your transfer to San Pedro de Atacama in Chile.

The mentioned places for the stays overnight are for the tour with basic accommodations; if you choose a tour with stays overnight in 3* hotels the overnight places vary.

 

  • Included:
    Transport in 4x4 vehicle;
    Spanish speaking driver/guide or English speaking guide, depending on your choice;
    Meals from lunch on the 1st day until arrival at the border Bolivia/Chile on the 4th day;
    3x stay overnight in a basic accommodation/dorm room, shared bathroom or 3x stay overnight in 3* hotels, depending on your choise;
    For the tour with basic accommodations: including shared transfer by bus at 9.30 hrs. from the border Bolivia/Chile to San Pedro de Atacama (a private transfer at 13.00 hrs. is possible at an extra cost;

    this gives you more time to enjoy the place of interest);
    For the tour with 3* hotels: including private transfer
    at 13.00 hrs. from the border Bolivia/Chile to San Pedro de Atacama.
  • Not included:
    Entrance fees;
    Migration costs;
    All other costs that are not mentioned specifically.
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