Bolivia
San Antonio de Lípez

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3 travelers at this place:

  • Day13

    San Antonio de Lipez (ghost town)

    October 12, 2017 in Bolivia

    We reached the ghost town of San Antonio de Lipez by about 6 pm as it was nearing sunset.
    The town of San Antonio de Lípez was born as an enclave for the exploitation of silver. Fifty years ago it was abandoned and today only its ruins remain. A town that had 150,000 inhabitants and today is a ghost town.

  • Day13

    Legend of the San Antonio de Lipez

    October 12, 2017 in Bolivia

    Legend has it that its workers made a pact with the devil to give them wealth through the mines. The miners did not keep their part of the pact, which killed all the mine workers. Some time later, the rest of the inhabitants began to see ghosts and strange facts, which triggered the abandonment of the town.

    It is a very frigid area, the average height is 4100 m.s.l., there are only camelids (llamas and sheep) in this region.Read more

  • Day13

    Sunset at San Antonio de Lipez

    October 12, 2017 in Bolivia

    The golden rays of the setting sun gave the ghost town of San Antonio de Lipez a very eerie feeling. Its just a mass of hundreds of stone buildings all lying in ruins now. A place where just a few years ago 140,000 people used to live is now just a high altitude abandoned town. The sun had set on this prosperous town just at it was setting on while we were still pretty far from any place where we could stay.
    Another 25 kms from the ruins is the new mud brick village of San Antonio de Lipez. We decided to get a place to stay. Once in the village, we tried to find out where to stay but it was getting dark and people were all indoors.
    Just when we had lost all hope and had almost decided to sleep in the vehicle when we met a local who guided us to a person who could host us for the night.
    Thankfully we managed to find a place to stay once again.
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  • Day29

    Jeep tour: day one

    June 4, 2015 in Bolivia

    Cost: 1,250B plus 50B for thick sleeping bag plus 211B for various entry fees. A lot of money to pay to feel sick!!!

    An early ish start and we were loaded into our Jeep - the driver: Luis Alberto, the cook: Esperanza, us and a French couple. We went in sort of convoy with 2 other Jeeps...Dutch, Aussie and German couples and a guy from Denmark...all very lovely.

    The first day was a lot of driving, approx 300km which takes a while when you're tackling uneven dirt roads and driving through rivers.

    We started off climbing very narrow tracks with a sheer cliff face. Up and up we went to about 4,800m. The scenery was beautiful, snowcapped mountains, icy rivers and llamas everywhere.

    In the afternoon we stopped at the old ruins of a mining town which had gotten very rich and then had a plague as punishment, or so they believe. Apparently there is still loads to be mined but no capital to invest in the infrastructure.

    Anna and I both started to get headaches so we popped some coca leaves which seemed to do the trick - or was it the ibuprofen?!

    A while after dark we arrived at our hostel - very basic, no showers, dorms but not bunk beds as I'd feared. We had a lovely dinner of soup, steak and mashed potato. Electricity went off at 10pm so we had an early night.
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San Antonio de Lípez, San Antonio de Lipez

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