After much debate on where to go next, we headed south to Tupiza to relax for a few days. Tupiza is in red rock country and days are hot and sunny – it reminded us of Arizona. You could also catch beautiful sunsets from our room each evening.We spent the days relaxing at our hotel (which was one of the best places we’ve stayed yet) and hiking around the outskirts of town.Also in the hotel was a travel agency, Tupiza Tours, that could help book tours in the area. We heard Tupiza is one of the cheapest places in the world to horseback ride so we saddled up and were off! It was a beautiful ride for Chris’ first time on a horse.Tupiza is also a gateway to the Southwest circuit of Bolivia. Organized tours travel to Uyuni on overland adventures that traverse some of Bolivia’s most rugged and beautiful scenery. We spent three nights and four days in a 4×4 jeep with our driver, cook and two other people traveling through Bolivia’s most dramatic landscapes in Reserva Nacional de Fauna Andina. Every hour the views would completely transform and at times, it was like we were visiting a different planet. Instead of detailing every stop, enjoy the colorful highlights from our trip which included mountains, volcanoes, natural hot springs, geysers and nearly a dozen different colored lakes.The last night, we stayed at a hotel made entirely of salt. The floors, tables, chairs, beds, walls and even chandeliers were all made of salt from the nearby salt flats.Appropriately, our last stop was Salar de Uyuni which is the largest salt flat in the world (4,086 square miles).Due to the sheer size and flatness of the salaar, it’s a perfect place to take optical illusion photos.There are a huge number of tour operators that organize trips through Bolivia’s southwest circuit. We highly recommend leaving from Tupiza so you can see some of the less traveled places and using Tupiza Tours, who were absolutely wonderful and extremely helpful. We heard horror stories of drunk tour drivers crashing their jeeps and tour operators who don’t provide enough drinking water or food. We witnessed a few breakdowns and one jeep had multiple flat tires within just a few days. Our driver made us feel extremely safe and our jeep was in great condition. Tupiza Tours was incredibly organized and professional!
Traveling from Tupiza to Uyuni on the southwest circuit was unlike anything we’ve ever seen before. If you are traveling to Bolivia, be sure to put it on the top of your list!
Disclosure: We received discounts on our tours booked through Tupiza Tours in exchange for our review. These thoughts and opinions are our own.