May 4 - May 7, 2017 We got off the plane in Santa Cruz, and took a taxi straight to Nick’s Adventures to pay for the tour we had organized over e-mail the preceding few days. Santa Cruz is a big, modern city. The main road from the airport is flanked first by stores selling farm equipment, car dealerships, and (getting closer to the city) strip malls, then finally the usual store fronts we’ve seen everywhere in Bolivia.
April 30 - May 4, 2017 Tarija was our official rest city. It’s not a very touristy city, although it does have a nice downtown area and is the wine capital of Bolivia. At just 1,850 meters high, breathing is not an issue at all. The weather is usually good. Parts felt a lot like Southern California. I got off to a bit of a rough start by falling down the stairs while exiting the bus.
April 28-29, 2017 Tupiza was a little break for us, to recover from our desert tour, and to take a breath, literally. At around 3,000 meters Tupiza is the lowest we’d been in 10 days or so, and it was wonderful to be able to walk and talk again, or make it up a flight of stairs without getting out of breath. Tupiza is surrounded by some pretty amazing cliffs and canyons, and we visited most of the usual tourist spots.