ultramarinus – beyond the sea

DAY 37 (1 OF 1) – QUEBRADA HIKE, TUPIZA, BOLIVIA

Tupiza is renowned for its Western cowboy landscape: rugged badlands, rocky desert, cactus fields and dried streambeds.  Many tourists visit Tupiza’s surrounding landscapes by jeep or horseback riding; we preferred to see it on foot.  There are numerous hiking trails around Tupiza.  We picked the quebrada (ravine) route because of its variety of rock formations and proximity to Tupiza.  With an illustrated map given by our hotel, we managed to tour the quebrada on our own in roughly 4.5 hours.  As we walked into the quebrada, we saw many herds of goats searching for the scattered vegetation on steep hillsides and along dried streambeds.  We also passed by Puerta del Diablo (Devil’s Gate), Valle de los Machos (Valley of Macho), and reached as far as the beginning section of El Canon del Inca (Inca Canyon).  During the hike, we saw many interesting rock formations caused by erosions, various types of cactus, and layers of colourful mountains.  The half-day hike was a pleasant introduction to the southwest region of Bolivia.  We spent the rest of the afternoon purchasing supplies, rearranging our backpacks, and getting ourselves prepared for tomorrow’s Southwest Circuit tour.
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Read more on Southwest Circuit, Bolivia in 2013 South America:

Day 36.2 – Cerro Corazon de Jesus, Tupiza
Day 37 – Quebrada Hike, Tupiza
Day 38.1 – Departure Southwest Circuit Day 1
Day 38.2 – Highland, Southwest Circuit Day 1
Day 38.3 – Ruinas, Southwest Circuit Day 1
Day 38.4 – Quieten Chico, Southwest Circuit Day 1
Day 39.1 – Reserva Nacional de Fauna Andina Eduardo Avaroa, Southwest Circuit Day 2
Day 39. 2 – Laguna Verde & Blanca, Southwest Circuit Day 2
Day 39.3 – Desierto de Dali, Southwest Circuit Day 2
Day 39.4 – Geysers Sol de Manana, Southwest Circuit Day 2
Day 39.5 – Laguna Colorada, Southwest Circuit Day 2
Day 40.1 – Huaylliara, Southwest Circuit Day 3
Day 40.2 – Arbol de Piedra, Southwest Circuit Day 3
Day 40.3 – Flamingos, Southwest Circuit Day 3
Day 40.4 – Ollague Volcano, Southwest Circuit Day 3
Day 41.1 – Salt Hotel, Southwest Circuit Day 4
Day 41.2 – Sunrise at Uyuni Salt Flat, Southwest Circuit Day 4
Day 41.3 – Isla Incahuasi at Uyuni Salt Flat, Southwest Circuit Day 4
Day 41.4 – Salar de Uyuni, Southwest Circuit Day 4
Day 41.5 – Train Cemetery, Uyuni, Southwest Circuit Day 4
Day 42 – Border Crossing, Villain, Bolivia / La Quiaca, Argentina

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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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