The Legacy of Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid

A two-hour bumpy ride from Uyuni across Bolivia’s high plains will take you to the small town of San Vicente. At the entrance to this remote settlement is a sign that proclaims: “Welcome to San Vicente. Here lie Butch Cassidy and Sundance Kid.”

The notorious outlaw duo, made famous by the 1969 movie starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford, allegedly met their death in a gun fight at this old miners’ settlement high in the southern Bolivian Andes, not far from Uyuni’s famous salt flats. On the town’s only cemetery, an area has been cordoned-off to mark Butch’s supposed grave. About a decade ago, a small one-room museum was opened to celebrate the town’s strange legacy, and private tour operators from the nearby towns of Uyuni and Tupiza take tourists along the “death trail”. Butch and Sundance hats, t-shirts and key chains are sold in the San Vicente town store.

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The welcome sign at San Vicente, in southern Bolivia. Photo credit: bradshawsinbolivia.blogspot.in

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