Bolivia // The southern Altiplano //

Cordillera de Chichas

Around Tupiza stretches the harsh but beautiful CORDILLERA DE CHICAS, a striking landscape of cactus-strewn badlands, deep gulches and canyons, and strangely shaped rock formations and pinnacles. The easiest way to see the cordillera is to take a jeep excursion with one of Tupiza’s tour companies, but travelling on foot, bike or horseback offers a much more relaxed way to explore the eerie desert landscapes and enjoy the tranquillity and ever-changing colours of the mountains, as well as giving you the chance to indulge any Wild West outlaw fantasies you may harbour. Bring plenty of water with you, particularly if travelling on foot, as the sun can be very intense and water is scarce. There are plenty of good spots to camp in the cordillera’s secluded valleys, but avoid pitching your tent on river beds in case of flash floods after rain.