Sunday, March 14, 2010

Tupiza, Bolivia - March 9

We had a late start following yesterday's ride.  My leg is OK, but I am not in a hurry to put a boot on over the bruise!

I had to do some banking, and catch up on the Blog, and so went out in search of an internet cafe.  There were two open for business but barely functional - each with about 20 PC's running through what seems like a 15k modem.  The PC's are pretty slow as well, it takes about a minute to open MS Photo, except for the clerks who typically have what seems like a new model and consume precious bandwidth by streaming youtube video.  The locals "overcome" this by opening 10 pages at once and waiting to see what loads - compounding the problem.  Short-story long, Internet access is hopeless - it took me 45 minutes to open two pages and pay one bill!
Tupiza is a typical mining town, with a fledgling tourist industry.  It was once home to a mining Baron said to have attracted the attention of, and eventually been responsible for the deaths of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

The town is dusty and dirty, but has  many hostels catering to eco/adventure tourism.
 As is the custom throughout Bolivia, many of the native women continue to wear traditional dress.
I can't wait to get back on the road.  Tomorrow we head to Uyuni.

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