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Bolivia XIX: Cerdas to Atocha

Train line

Train line at Cerdas. Still in use despite the looks.

A short ride for today

After our relatively long ride yesterday, we decided to only go up to Atocha, a mere 30 km away.

Leaving Cerdas, Bolivia
Leaving Cerdas, most people already gone to work

It was not so easy as it sounds, as we still had to climb the first 6 km. After that we would have a short but fun downhill.

First downhill after Cerdas
A canyon before the big downhill
Plastic decoration
A plastic decoration Thomas found on the road and insisted in keeping

The rest of the way would be up and down, with a short but tough climb nearly at the end, specially bad because it was unexpected.

Undulating road to Atocha
The ride for most of today. Down, and then up. And down again.
Final killer climb before Atocha
The final killer climb before Atocha. Susanne decided to just walk
Roadside rubbish
Not a lot of respect for the Pachamama near the roads

Once in Atocha, we were told in Uyuni there was a guy hosting cyclists there, but we could not reach him, so we had to pick one of the relatively expensive hotel options. The place, as usual in Bolivia, had no heating, which I don’t really understand in the altiplano since it’s cold 10 months of the year.

Cold hotel room in Atocha
Enjoying takeaway dinner in our cold room

Atocha is mostly famous because it has some mines nearby, and because of that it was a relatively important train hub. Nowadays it is mostly a rest stop on the way to Tupiza, and the new road does not even cross through the village.

Goods train coming into Atocha
Big excitement because a goods train is arriving!
Bolivian ferrobus
The famous Ferrobus is… a bus with train wheels


  1. Katherine

    A que se dedica la gente que vive en esos pueblos? A juzgar por la foto de Cerdas, son meros asentamientos en base a una occupation, pero en esos parajes inhospitos que hay? Minas de seguro.

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