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Tupiza Tours
Ranked #2 of 11 things to do in Tupiza
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: He has 24 years of experience organizing horseback riding, hiking, our original Triathlon (bicycle, horse and jeep) Jeep tours around Tupiza by the South West and Bolivia, we always try to provide new and better services. One of our main features is to work without intermediaries. Our operations center is Tupiza with its wonderful area of ​​ravines and canyons of colors, from which we operate to the white deserts and lagoons of colors or CIRCUIT SOUTH WEST. We have branches in the cities of La Paz and Tarija, which gives tourists the guarantee book your tour at the same price as in Tupiza and insurance and financial services: TIHUANACU, Copacabana, RURRENABAQUE and northern Chile We have 40 Jeeps in conditions that work exclusively for company. The staff: bilingual guides, drivers - guides, cooks and travel agents have extensive experience in the industry, managing tours, human relations, human resources, especially sympathy and kindness.
Reviewed August 21, 2013

First of all, if you want to do the Salar de Uyuni, do it from Tupiza. We did the four day tour and it was an amazing experience. The landscapes are awesome and every day we were amazed by the things we had seen. We were very lucky the national park just opened up again one day before, because what we saw there was even more beautiful than the Salar itself.

About Tupiza tours, our guide/driver was ok. Not really talkative and didn't speak a word of English, but he was an excellent driver on a very rough terrain. Our cook Maria wasn't very nice but made us some very nice meals. Don't expect four star hotels or even nice hostels, the accomodations are very very basic and COLD! But the agency warned us so we were prepared and put on all our clothes before going to bed. The driver/guide checked the car every evening for any possible defects and even got up at 4 am to warm up the engine. We heard some terrible stories about cars breaking down before we went so we were very happy with such a professional crew. Our group was great too, so we had a lot fun!

All in all this was one of the best tours we have been on during our seven months trip! And Tupiza tours definetly helped making that possible!!!

Thank EvdK87
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Reviewed August 21, 2013

We did the tour two months but were so upset with the tour that we decided to wait to give a review! We've been traveling for 1 year and have done a lot of tours, but this was an awful experience !!!!We did the Salas de Uyuni tour with them for 4 days and it was a horrible atmosfere!
Things we were promised by the agencie, de guides told us to pay extra if we wanted to see it.
The gides didn't communicate at all, were multiple times upset with us because we wouldn't pay extra, lied continuesly , ....

Too bad because the tour itself is absolutly beautiful !!!!!!

4  Thank Fien_Koen
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Reviewed August 18, 2013

We organised two tours from the office attached to Hotel Mitru (stayed in Tupiza two days after crossing the border from Argentina). On the first day we did the horse riding tour and on the second we left on the 4d/3n 4WD trip.

The horse riding tour was a bit meh (more of a horse sitting tour) - especially if you've ridden a horse before (good for first timers and novelty but probably not worth it otherwise). Gear and helmets were provided but little to no instructions (in English) and no catering if you have previous experience with horses. We traveled so slowly that we had a guy overtake our horse train on foot - definitely don't go for more than 3 hours because it gets dull. Also after 3 hours the horses looked pretty tired. We visited some interesting rock formations and a canyon just outside of town.

The 4WD trip however was excellent but it's important to have the right expectations:

The sights you will see on this trip will blow you away. Bolivia doesn't do a good job at marketing itself but everywhere you look is a photographers dream. The landscapes change very frequently and there's a lot of scenic shots to be taken. Make sure you have extra batteries if your camera dies quickly and lenses suitable for landscapes. A telephoto can help with some of the wildlife. Figure out how to use the panorama function before you leave Tupiza.

You'll need to find a group of 4/5 or they'll fix you up with other travelers (they generally try to match language preferences - but is not always possible). While you will make friends on the trip, if there's a language barrier it can be a little less communal.

For the same reason an English guide was worth it (Oscar our guide had a linguistics degrees and spoke Spanish, English and French). He was also a local of Tupiza and we were able to ask a lot about his lifestyle and culture.

Regardless of who you get, you should ask to check them out at the office before the tour. The company is very catering and want you to have the best tour possible.

Be aware that just because they put you into small groups doesn't mean its a non touristy trip - it's just very remote. At one of the stops we counted no less than 28 x 4WDs from Tupiza tours and other tour operators heading either to Uyuni or Tupiza (reverse trip).

In each of the tours the driver is actually the lead purchasing the food, getting the vehicle perpared and sorting out fuels. The guides work with different drivers as per language requirements. Most operators use a Toyota Landcruiser where the very back seats are slightly cramped and you must take it in turns to rotate out with whoever you are travelling with.

5 people in a car can be really cramped, but can be done. We saw one group opt not to take a guide/cook and used the front seat so their vehicle was not so cramped. The discount for 5 people is only marginally less than 4 (you don't just split the price of the car). The shared the cook with another 4WD group.

We left slightly later than other groups. We took snacks with us but did not take alcohol which was not provided on the trip.

The tours have routine set stops where you will meet the other tours and other groups from your tour but each will have their own speed and schedule. We had a slower driver and the vehicle had some small issues. We noticed the windshield was cracked, speedometer didn't work and the check engine light was constantly on and at most of our stops the driver was under the car working on it. However the tires were in good condition and the vehicle was mechanically sound - its worth doing your own check before you leave.

There was no heating/cooling in the vehicles. During the days the vehicle can get hot (even in winter) and the outside is deceivingly cold. Going through the temperature changes at each rest stop can cause you to get sick so make sure you put your jumpers and jackets on each time.

The nights are cold. We hired sleeping bags and had thermals light and heavy jumpers, gloves and beanies on and they were still cold but survivable. Its a good insight into how acclimatized the locals are. When guides say electricity note that they mean that there may be lights - we found no plug points at our first and second stop - so make sure you charge your batteries before you leave. Our last accomodation - before Salar De Uyuni (salt hostel) had a powerpoint but it was only because we brought an extension board that we could charge our cameras as this was the general idea between all the guests.

Additionally the altitudes in some of the places we visited at high (at the highest point 5000m) and three of the people in the car (including myself) suffered altitude sickness. Dull headaches and tiredness are the general sign but shortness of breath and coughing occured for us as well. The fitter you are - the more you're affected by it. Read up about it and the guide can advise remedies as well including chewing coca leaves (chew dry leaves for 5 minutes, leave in your cheek for 15 chew and suck the liquids out for another 15 - should be effective in 15 minutes). If symptoms persist remember that all you need to do is descend altitude and you'll be fine.

Be prepared for some early starts as sometimes the length of a day can be shorted or lengthened based on driving conditions (ice at river crossings etc). We had a pre 6.30 start every day, with our earliest start on our first night at 4.30am.

Arriving at our last accommodation early (we didnt stop for the towns on our last day) got us private twin rooms (our group was two couples) so this was greatly received. We also had hot water showers which after two days felt heavenly.

All in all a great trip with some fantastic memories that will be one of the big highlights of our trip through South America.

Additional Things to take:
- Snacks and Alcohol as required (Take chocolates / high sugar foods for altitude sickness)
- Cold / Flu meds
- Altitude sickness meds
- Pain relief meds
- Cash for bus tickets at Uyuni, Park Fees and Tips
- Fully charged batteries for cameras
- Empty bottle (you can ask your guide to fill it up with hot water on cold mornings)
- Map or Photo of the Map they provide you at the tourist office - (so you can remember the names of places)
- Props for unique Salar Del Uyuni perspective photos.

Thank RoandPj
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Reviewed August 14, 2013

We did the typical 4-day jeep tour from Tupiza to Uyuni. Apart from the scenery being breathtaking, doing this tour from Tupiza really pays off. Its not only that you see more sights, more importantly you visit the highlights when the loads of Uyuni tour jeeps are not yet/no longer there! Laguna Colorada and Island Incahuasi at Sunrise! Otherworldly indeed.
The driver and cook were very reliable, friendly, competent. No stupid driving, he stopped whenever we wanted to. Food was great, tour office was very professional and helpful, explained what to expect (cold) in advance. Cars were not top, but reliable. That's what matters...

Thank philippstraka
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Reviewed July 31, 2013

We had a really good experience with Tupiza Tours! Despite of the national park being closed, our driver Edward was really fantastic! He took us on an alternative route with lovely sights. Lots to do and plenty of photo stops!

Thank MarloesSt
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