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Jun 5, 2013 - on to tupiza to organise our salar de uyuni tour

So we turn up at the bus terminal at half 8 with our previous bought tickets in hand ready for the 9am comfy bus for the pretty long run to tupiza and this frantic chica snatches our tickets, harangues us out the terminal onto the main road, gives us different tickets and shoves us to this shitty lookin old bus....all the while were chasing her try in to get the original tickets back and some bloody sense out of her about what's going on. She's just babbling so fast we don't have a clue except she keeps saying our coach isn't going. So were...

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trippin out

Oct 29, 2012 - Zwischenstopp Tupiza oder Salmonellen, die zweite...

In Uyuni besorgte ich mir als erstes ein Zugticket nach Tupiza, dem Startpunkt zur nächsten Etappe noch für denselben Abend (Abfahrt 22.40 Uhr, Ankunft ca. 04.00 Uhr am darauffolgenden Tag), reservierte ein Zimmer in einem Hotel Tupiza und erst dann konnte ich mir ein Abendessen gönnen. In Tupiza angekommen realiserte ich dies - halb dösend - zuerst gar nicht. Erst ein Kondukteur machte mich zum Glück darauf aufmerksam, dass ich auszusteigen hatte, was dann etwas hektisch wurde, da ich zuerst noch meine Sachen im Halbdunkeln zusammensuchen...

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Dec 15, 2011 - Tupiza and the amazing Salt Flats Trip

It was certainly a good move to start our trip to Uyuni Salares (the salt flats or "salins") because Uyuni a proper shithole surrounded by people's rubbish. Tupiza is a small little town surrounded by beautiful red mountains, it is rightly compared with the Wild Wild West, you do expect John Wayne or Clint Eastwood coming out on their horses at every corner. We stayed at the funny looking Hostel Los Salares, which is run by a lovely family. Santos and his wife are always there to help and we also used their tour agency to book our trip to...

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Blame it on Rio!

Apr 23, 2011 - Bolivia: Tupiza Tour & the Salt Flats

BOLIVIA: SOUTH WEST CIRCUIT- TUPIZA & BACK AGAIN Having arrived from Potosi grumpy and tired we were by this stage just happy to have made it in time for our tour. Settling into our breakfast before the trip I kept checking out everyone in the room, wondering who our tour companions would be for the next few days. It turned out that they were a tad more organised than us and had arrived the night before, so arrived later, bright and energetic and full of fun. These two, Cecilie and Marie, were to be our travelling companions for the next 4...

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Aug 3, 2010 - War, US Security, and the Past 60 Years

I highly recommend the interview with Andrew Bacevich. His perspective is critical to understanding why our country is where it is today. We owe our children at least a chance for a decent life. To do this we must wake up our representatives in Washington to the very real possibility of our country collapsing under the weight of a military-industrial complex out of control! Interview with Retired US Army Colonel, Vietnam Vet, and historian, Andrew Bacevich The idealist/optimist always sees the sun shining and the moon's bright glow, flowers...

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South America Plus

Aug 2, 2010 - Observation

There are lots, LOTS of dogs in S. America especially in Chile and Bolivia and they all seem to be 'well fed', not emeciated like in Asia, Africa, or MidEast. Also, people seem to treat them fairly decently, never seen them kicking or hitting them like we did frequently other places. This may be due to the large #s of indigenous people(Mexico and C. Am more maltreatment incl horses etc. where few indigenous remain), tho this is just speculation. I did see while on bus to Tupiza 2 large herds of goats and instead of the herder behind they...

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Aug 1, 2010 - Tupiza, 2956 m. (9,460 ft.)

Our bus left at 9:10 am, the morning here was COLD! Even bundled up with blanket in the bus our feet were freezing and we had on our down jackets over all the rest of our clothes, ha! The countryside was desolate but beautiful, kind of like the SW US. Thru painted desert/canyons, seeing bunches of llamas wandering around. Got to Atocha, a town existing by a river and the railroad tracks...here they changed one of the bus tires and while we were out walking our daypacks were in the bus but locked. When we returned someone, most likely a...

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Jun 16, 2010 - Terrific Tupiza

Tupiza was described by Lonely Planet as a wild west town. Whilst I could see remanants of this I couldnt really see it was a place I could wile away a few days. The bus trip from Uyuni took 7 hours and was a cold,grinding and bumpy trip. When I got off the bus the driver asked me if I thought the trip was buen. What could I say but si....he drove safely on atrocious roads and they gave me a blanket I couldnt expect more!!! Tupiza seemed a very laid back place. I went into a cafe to have a coffee and after about 20 minutes it arrived. The...

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Adios Amigos 2010

Mar 24, 2010 - Tupiza, Bolivia

We arrived in Tupiza after a bone jarring ride in one of the worst buses we've been in yet. It was a fairly small bus with tiny seats. The luggage had to be put on the top of the bus, and of course, it smelled terrible inside. Our window kept rattling open, which would be fine if it wasn't freezing outside. Oh well, all part of the experience, I guess. After a midmorning stop in a small mining town to drop off/pick up some people/goods, we arrived in Tupiza later that afternoon. Tupiza is located near the border with Argentina and is in a...

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Oct 27, 2009 - Tupiza (Bolivia)

Tupiza was my first stop in Bolivia. This is a quiet little town that is popular with backpackers. The weather was quality, sunny with clear blue skies, so I headed to an outdoor swimming pool with some people I had met. The pool was not the level of cleanliness I am used to, but then i am in a developing country. But I cleared an area of dead flies and other such stuff and braved it because it really was hot. The following day I went on a 4 day 4WD tour that took us on a 1200km round trip of the surrounding area, finishing at the salt...

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Oct 7, 2009 - Grenzueberquerung

Nachdem wir die bolivianische Grenze ueberquert hatten, mussten wir leider feststellen, dass es die naechsten Tage keine Zuege nach Uyuni geben wird und uns somit nur der Bus als Alternative uebrig blieb. Noch bevor alle eingestiegen waren, wurde der Rucksack eines Touristen gestohlen, samt Ausweis und Hightech-Kamera. Er hatte ihn wohl kurz auf seinen Sitz gelegt und eine Frau die an ihm vorbeigelaufen ist, muss ihn wohl mitgenommen haben. Merke: Nie etwas aus den Augen lassen, nicht einmal fuer ein paar Sekunden! Die Fahrt war sehr...

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Feb 22, 2009 - Sans argent en Bolivie

Nous entrons maintenant en Bolivie. A peine avoir passé la frontière nous avons l’impression d’avoir fait un saut 60 ans en arrière!: ici s'utilise encore bien la machine a ecrire... La Bolivie est le pays d’Amerique Latine au plus gros pourcentage d’indiens (60%) et l’un des plus pauvres. Nous changeons nos pesos argentins en bolivianos. Comme il nous parait difficile de faire du stop ici, nous allons en bus jusqu’au village de Tupiza (3h de chemin de terre dans les plateaux andins), ou nous passons la nuit. Le lendemain nous tentons le...

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