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El Ca帽贸n - Hiking Tupiza - Bolivia

Walking to the red rock formations of El Ca帽贸n from Tupiza鈥檚 city center is a short stroll, probably two or so hours roundtrip, longer if you wish to linger. To get there, head west on Calle Chuquisaca, past the military barracks and then curve right with the road/parking lot at the f煤tbol field. Keep heading north until you get onto the sandy quebrada which runs parallel to the towering red mountain wall. Along the way you may see local folk panning for rocks, as the area is rich in useful building materials, and from the spot just before you climb up into El Ca帽贸n, the long ridge of red mountains that surround Tupiza is exquisitely visible.

 

El Ca帽贸n itself is walkable maze of rock walls, with small caves and crevices shaping the formations along the small riverbed. It鈥檚 about two and a half kilometers deep, however locals say you can wander on and on. If you鈥檙e prepared for the elements, consider making it into a full-day hike or overnight camp. Be sure to pack plenty of water and warm protection, as it鈥檚 dry in the day and cold, cold, cold at night.

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Here are other activities in and around Tupiza that may be of interest: Quebrada de Palmira and The Valle de Los Machos, Hiking Around Tupiza and Quebrada de Palala and El Sillar .





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