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Bolivia's far south

The small border town of Villazón is the main crossing from the Argentinian town of la Quiaca across the Villazón river into Bolivia. From there the road leads north towards Potosí, the capital of the Department with the same name.

Children of Villazón
 
View of Villazon
 
View over Tupiza
 
Railroad in Palala, Tupiza
 
Quebrada de Palala, Tupiza
 
Quebrada de Palala
 
Cacti, Quebrada de Palala
 
School class, Palala
 
School kids, Palala
 
School near Tupiza
 
Cathedral of Tupiza
 
Near to Quebrada Seca
 
Road to Quebrada Seca
 
Woman of Tupiza
 
Tupiza panorama
 
Tupiza viewpoint
 
Children of Tupiza
 
Street market in Tupiza
 
Tupiza bus station
 
Young food seller
 
Near Cotagaita
 
Cotagaita village
 
Between Cotagaita and Vitiche
 
River crossing, Vitiche
 

The road leads through Tupiza, a friendly town and capital of the Sud Chichas Province within the Potosí Department, at an elevation of around 3,160 metres with a population of about 23,000. It is an attractive place along the Río Tupiza with plenty of opportunities for hikes in the countryside or up the hill at Corazón de Jésus for a view of the town.

Around the town of Tupiza are landscapes characterised by dramatic red escarpments with strange rock formations: the quebradas, normally dry but susceptible to flash flood runoff from sudden cloudbursts.

A nice 5 kilometres hike is the walk into Quebrada de Palala with its jagged rock formations and cacti. Further afield, about 10 kilometres, is the appropriately named Quebrada Seca (= dry) with great views. From Tupiza the road continues north, past small villages and across rivers, leading to Potosí at over 4,000 metres above sea level.