Every year the tourist flow in Tupiza is increasing and the city is positioning itself as the best gateway to the Salar of Uyuni. And that’s a well-deserved title. Besides the classic south Lipez and Salar route the countryside of Tupiza is a gorgeous region, a real life far west movie set. Most of the few travelers visiting Tarija are either going or coming from Tupiza. I say few because not a lot of foreigners include Tarija in their route even if Tarija is a classical holiday destination for Bolivians. But that’s off the topic, maybe one day I’ll write a post “why is there no foreign tourist in Tarija?”.
Anyway let’s get to it. Here is a table listing the bus companies working between Tupiza and Tarija, timetables and fares.
|Company||Tarija – Tupiza||Tupiza – Tarija||Price|
|Juarez Bus cama, brand new bus with air conditionning||21:00||22:00||85Bs|
|Juarez bus standard||20:30||20:00||70Bs|
|Diamante||20:30||20:30 (to check)||60Bs|
|Sama||20:30||20:30 (to check)||60Bs|
|Trans Narvaez||10:00 or 21 :00||10:00 or 21 :00||50Bs|
|Trufi (shared cab for 6 passengers)||Every trufi leaves in the morning once the cab is full.||Every trufi leaves in the morning once the cab is full.||100Bs|
The bus drive lasts about 6h and the road is now in good condition. By trufi, 4h30. Don’t believe Lonely Planet when they talk about the road, they’re talking about the old one which indeed was really dangerous.
The most comfortable one is by far the Juarez. Worth the extra money. Narvaez offers a bus in the morning, every day of the year. Great if you want to check out the landscape!
If you’re travelling in a group, a good tip would be to buy all the seats in a trufi. That way you leave whenever you want and you can talk to the driver to make a stop in the Sama national park. That way you’ll be able to enjoy the Tajzara lagoons and sand dunes on your way to Tupiza, or even make a stop in one of the rustic little villages on the road.