Villazon Journals

On Dynamite, Mining Troubles and Salty Coffee

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An April 2009 trip to Villazon by SeenThat

The Road Blockade Photo, Potosi, Bolivia More Photos
Quote: On an unusual trip to Villazon.

Vitichi

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Attraction | "On Dynamite, Explosions and a Blocked Bridge"

River Delimiting the Village Photo, Potosi, Bolivia
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I recognized the place, though I didn’t know its name; I had crossed the tiny adobe village while traveling between Potosi and Tupiza several times. But, this time something was different, the road was blocked.Two hours earlier, at 4 AM, I had boarded the bus in Potosi. The driver was saying something about "passing before the blockade begins." The reference was too vague and roadblocks in Bolivia are too common for me paying attention to his words. I boarded the bus and sealed my fate for the next day.6 AM, VitichiRather sleepy,...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 22, 2009

Villazon

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Attraction | "Villazon: Between Two Worlds"

Villazon Photo, Villazon, Bolivia
Quote:
Interface points between cultures are of special interest for travelers; in no other place the essence of travelling is so distilled, nowhere else the little local nuisances are so might and bold. When crossing from Mexico to the US or from Thailand to Cambodia, the changes are obvious. Cultures, languages and sometimes even the alphabets are not the same. Other...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 22, 2009

Empresa Ferroviaria Andina (FCA Bolivia)

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Attraction | "An Andean Iron Rooster"

Oruro Photo, Oruro, Bolivia
Quote:
South American railways barely exist today; buses have conquered most of the routes there, as it happened in most of the world. Travelling from Kathmandu to Pokhara by train is not possible. Try reaching La Quiaca from Mendoza by train; it is not possible. Many railways were closed and many lines were cut in length during the last decades; I...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 22, 2009

Imperio Inca

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Restaurant | "On Coffee and Salt"

Bolivia Photo, Villazon, Bolivia
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LocationSpeaking of location in a place as small as Villazon may look superfluous, yet Imperio Inca enjoys a superb spot in town, right on the kitty corner of the central plaza and in front of the bus terminal. In a city that is nothing else but the main travel hub between two countries – Argentina and Bolivia - that means the main spot in town.The ConceptImperio Inca is a combination between a travel agency and a coffee shop. After a recent redesign process in which they gave up half the shop space to a phone cabins...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 22, 2009

Snack Pizzeria Don Vicco

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Restaurant | "On "Almuerzos" and Set Meals"

Snack Pizzeria Don Vicco Photo, Villazon, Bolivia
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There aren’t many options for a lunch in Villazon. Food plazas in the various markets do not offer attractive options and most of the restaurants are extremely basic. One of the best hotels in town used to have a good restaurant – it even charged Argentinean prices - but in my last visit the place was close. Following a short tour of downtown Villazon, I found that Snack Pizzeria Don Vicco became the best option for a lunch in town.Where is Don Vicco?Villazon isn’t big, yet amid the many markets and the crowds exploring them, finding a shop may be difficult, especially during market days, when those swell up and the town becomes one large market. Luckil...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 22, 2009

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