Tupiza is a small town in the Potosí Department of Bolivia, close to the border with Argentina.

Get in

By train

Tupiza has connections to Villazón on the Argentinian border and north to Uyuni and Oruro. Ask at the train station for the latest departure times.

By bus

Bus schedules tend to change regularly. There are daily buses to Villazón. Buses direct to La Paz leave daily in the afternoon, stopping at Potosí and Oruro on the way.


The beautiful surrounding of Tupiza is full of quebradas, cañones and valles. It's excellent for exploring by foot, but it's also possible to go on horseback, mountainbike or by jeep. Most tour agents have simple maps (not to scale) if you want to set out on your own. You can buy a map to scale at the post office, near the Plaza. Some places of interest are:

Some of the tour agencies (by no means complete):


There are great horseback riding tours of the surrounding landscape, which looks a lot like the American southwest of western movies. The tour agencies have a syndicate: 30 Bs per hour. Ask for leather leggings.

If you'd like to be a little more independent or economical, hiking or biking along the same trails as the horses is also an option.


Tupiza has a biweekly local market stretching down from just outside the train station. Mainly consists of electronics, cheap clothes, and random knick-knacks. There are also many food kiosks and vendors past the main strip. Interesting drink and jello vendors, as well as vitamin quinoa juice.



On weekends there could be some local fiesta, ask around.


There are only two hotels/hostels in Tupiza with WiFi:

Other than that there are many internet cafes which are reasonably priced but very slow at peak times.


Go next

There are several tour agents offering the four day trip to the Salar de Uyuni finishing in Uyuni. Make sure you are well acclimatized if you're doing the trip this way, since you'll go from about 3000 to 4200 m, climbing 1200 meters in just a few hours.

Furthermore there usually are daily busses to

And more destinations. Ask around at the bus station for those. Not all busses leave daily because there aren't enough people to fill the bus.

There are trains to both Villazon and Uyuni every other day. Last but not least, you can take a (shared) taxi to Villazon (3 hours, Bs. 25) or Uyuni (5-6 hours).

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