We rode the bus for seven hours through the high mountainous desert, mostly unpaved road, to get from Potosi to the small desert town of Tupiza. We enjoyed the more comfortable altitude of 2950 meters. The town itself is rather unassuming (and extremely quiet on the weekend), but luckily it is surrounded by some terrific scenery of the wild west variety. We thought we had been transported to the southwestern USA.
We walked and rode horses through some nice desert canyons and sampled the local food. Really there was not much else to do except roam the dirt streets and climb up to the large statue of Jesus above town and check out the view. We rested up and got ready for the next big thing, a 4x4 tour of Southwest Bolivia.