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Tupiza via Atocha to Uyuni, Bolivia - It's The Wild West Down Here

Bolivia experiences and stories by a backpacker - April 2008   » View Photoset (18 Photos)

The following morning after a day horse riding I made an early start towards the bus terminal in Tupiza just a few minutes walk away. I intended on getting a bus but it was full up, so the other and better option was to go by jeep. There was enough people who couldn't fit in the bus to fill the 10 spaces available in the jeep pretty quickly. We set off towards Uyuni with a mixture of travelers and locals onboard with all the luggage on the roof. The journey in the end took nearly 10hrs after 2 flat tyres along the way and an extended stop for about 2hrs in the small town of Atocha which is about halfway between Tupiza and Uyuni. The locals in our jeep were all finishing their journey in Atocha, the rest of us walked around for a bit and bought food, fruit, drinks and snacks from the locals. At the back of the stalls is the railway station with its array of tracks and a monument for Mercado Urkupina. Our driver was not in a hurry to leave, he was waiting to get the 1st flat tyre repaired and also waiting for a few people to fill the 4 now empty seats in the jeep. After the tyre was fixed and back onboard, we still waited and waited for some people to fill the empty seats, it just wasn't happening. I came up with a great idea that if the rest of us put in 10 Bolivianos each and buy the seats, we would be able to get going and in more comfort too. It was nearly 4pm and we all wanted to get to Uyuni before dark and there was still several hours more to travel. The driver agreed with this idea as he would do and finally the jeep continued on. Lucky that flatty was fixed in Atocha because an hour later we got another flat tyre. This journey from Tupiza to Uyuni sums up well the feeling of being in the middle of nowhere - a dusty road of rubble with hills and valleys of cactus all around. It was great, I'll never forget it! By early evening we had arrived in Uyuni.

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