ultramarinus – beyond the sea

DAY 36 (1 OF 2) – MORNING DEPARTURE, POTOSI, BOLIVIA

After 3 nights of acclimatization in Potosi, we were ready to move on to our next destination – Tupiza, where our tour of Southwest Circuit would begin.
We checked out our hotel 6am in the morning, and took a taxi to the Nueva Terminal de omnibus (New Terminal) for our bus to Tupiza. Completed a few years ago, Potosi’s Nueva Terminal has a large circular hall covered by an enormous metal sheet dome. Spiral ramps and stairs connected the two levels. A restaurant on the upper level, and shops at the lower level occupies the centre of the hall. When we entered the building, we could hear ticket vendors on the second level calling out various destinations throughout the country. We got a ticket for an 8am bus. With a bit of delay, our bus finally left the terminal at 9:15. The bus journey took about 5.5 hours. Traveling with us on the same bus were mainly local Bolivians, and a French family of four with a 2-1/2 year-old boy and a 4 year-old girl. As we left Potosi behind, the bare and rugged mountain landscape was gradually replaced by valleys of cactus and bushes.

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Read other posts on Potosi, Bolivia
Day 33.2 – Arrival, Potosi, Bolivia
Day 34.1 – Civic Parade, Potosi, Bolivia
Day 34.2 – City Walk, Potosi, Bolivia
Day 35.1 – Convento de Santa Teresa, Potosi, Bolivia
Day 35.2 – Cerro Rico, Potosi, Bolivia
Day 36.1 – Morning Department, Potosi, Bolivia

Next Destination – Southwest Circuit, Bolivia
Continuing on our journey from post Day 36.2

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South America 2013 – Our Destinations
Buenos Aires (Argentina), Iguazu Falls (Argentina/Brazil), Pantanal (Brazil), Brasilia (Brazil), Belo Horizonte & Inhotim (Brazil), Ouro Preto (Brazil), Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Paraty (Brazil), Sao Paulo (Brazil), Samaipata & Santa Cruz (Bolivia), Sucre (Bolivia), Potosi (Bolivia), Southwest Circuit (Bolivia), Tilcara, Purmamarca, Salta (Argentina), Cafayate (Argentina), San Pedro de Atacama (Chile), Antofagasta & Paranal Observatory (Chile), Chiloe (Chile), Puerto Varas (Chile), Torres del Paine (Chile), Ushuaia (Argentina), El Chalten (Argentina), El Calafate (Argentina), Isla Magdalena (Argentina), Santiago (Chile), Valparaiso (Chile), Afterthought

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