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Bolivia's Bitter Valleys

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A travel journal to Tarija by SeenThat

Copa Moya Bolivian Bus Transport Photo, Tarija, Bolivia More Photos
Quote: In the almost vertical Bolivian world, it is unclear if Tarija is a mountain or a valley. I went there to try and solve this vital mystery.

Copa Moya Bolivian Bus Transport

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Attraction | "Copa Moya"

Copa Moya Bolivian Bus Transport Photo, Bolivia, South America
Quote:
After a long period of time spoiling myself, time was ripe for a trashy trip on a decrepit bus. As always, I got more than I had asked for.The beginning was promising. I arrived at the bus terminal and immediately spotted the booth (#29) of Copa Moya’s La Paz branch. They offered a ticket for the Tarija 5 PM bus at a reasonable price. Their bus was the best looking one in the whole terminal. Modern and solid looking. The last turned out critical.Fifteen minutes before departure I boarded the bus was an unusually large pack of snacks. After all Tarija is really far away....Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on May 21, 2011

Copa Moya Bolivian Bus Transport
Bus Terminal, Tarija
Tarija, Bolivia

Camargo

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Attraction | "Quince and Apples"

Camargo Photo, Camargo, Bolivia
Quote:
Famous all over Bolivia, Camargo is so well known and advertised that I was truly surprised to find it was little more than a tiny village amidst reddish mountains. The landscape is spectacular, though the harsh altitude-lightning conditions make taking photographs difficult. Several streams cross the area making it fertile and suitable for the growing of several crops; after a while on the barren plateau, it looks like a modest version of paradise. It also added another colorful touch to the trip since it belongs to the Chuquisaca Department, where Sucre - Bolivia’s capital - is. If looking briefly...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 23, 2011

Agustin Morales Alvarez Bus Terminal

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Attraction | "Argenlivia"

Agustin Morales Alvarez Bus Terminal Photo, Tarija, Bolivia
Quote:
Due to the circumstances of the trip, the bus terminal of Tarija became one of the main destinations along it. Oddly, its first sight revealed much of the town’s character. "It’s Jujuy’s terminal" was my first thought while looking at the low structure. It was the setup of the shops on one of its corners and their nature that caused the effect. Eventually, the whole town displayed a mixed Bolivian-Argentinean ambience. The terminal is located in an area called El Tejar (actually, a Spanish variation on the outdated "Texas") just south of the main avenue and about ten blocks from t...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on May 23, 2011

Agustin Morales Alvarez Bus Terminal
El Tejar
Tarija, Bolivia

Plaza de Armas Luis de Fuentes y Vargas

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Attraction | "This is not Tarija!"

Plaza de Armas Luis de Fuentes y Vargas Photo, Tarija, Bolivia
Quote:
The map said "Plaza de Armas Luis de Fuentes y Vargas" (Weapons’ Plaza Luis de Fuentes y Vargas). It was the first time I saw the term "weapons’ plaza" used for naming the central plaza in a Bolivian town, though that's a common practice in many parts of this belligerent continent. Yet could Tarija be so different from mainstream Bolivia? I went to Tarija’s bus terminal information office and asked about the Plaza de Armas. The attendant seemed surprised and referred to it as plaza central. The same happened with the taxi driver. Since these two were supposed to know the popular name of main attracti...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 23, 2011

Plaza de Armas Luis de Fuentes y Vargas
La Madrid Corner Sucre
Tarija, Bolivia

Mercado Central (Central Market)

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Attraction | "Bitter Bolivia"

Mercado Central (Central Market) Photo, Tarija, Bolivia
Quote:
The central plaza was behind me; only two blocks separated it from the city’s central market. Along the way I spotted a nice hotel and entered to check it out. The sumptuous lobby hid rooms with windows facing the staircase; I left through the window and found myself facing the market. A low structure which looked strangely orderly for a Bolivian market; you could even walk on the adjacent sidewalk. Snubbing the row of stalls by the entrance – a wise attitude as I was soon to find – I entered into the large inner space.In terms of its La Paz counterparts, this market was wasted space. You...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on May 23, 2011

Mercado Central (Central Market)
Bolivar Corner Sucre
Tarija, Bolivia

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