Wilder even than the Wild West, at the turn of the 20th century Bolivia was one of the best places in the world to be an outlaw. When famous bank robbers Robert LeRoy Parker (aka Butch Cassidy) and Harry Alonzo Longabaugh (aka “The Sundance Kid”) needed a place to hide from the law, it’s no surprise that that’s where they headed.
Unfortunately, whether it was because the money ran out or just because they craved the adrenaline rush of pulling off a successful heist, the two criminals simply couldn’t stop stealing-and even in turn-of-the-century Bolivia, a couple of gringos with a penchant for robbing banks stuck out like a sore thumb.
After they robbed a mule train carrying payroll for the Aramayo Franke and Cia Silver Mine, Butch and the Sundance Kid aroused the suspicions of a local landowner who agreed to put them up for the night. The Bolivian calvary surrounded the house, and the two robbers were wounded in the ensuing gunfight. The saga of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid most likely ended in a murder-suicide when they realized that there was no way out, and they were buried in a local cemetery high in the Andes Mountains.
Visitors to Bolivia can retrace the steps of Butch and the Kid, from the mining town of Tupiza where they plotted their last robbery to the tiny town of San Vincente where they made their final stand. It’s a worthwhile trip-the surrounding scenery is absolutely breathtaking, as you can see from this video:
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