Bolivia’s own wild west myths: Butch and Sundance

Butch Cassidy and Sundance Kid in Bolivia: In 1901 two notorious outlaws, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, in search of a more successful criminal career, fled to South America to avoid justice in their country. Supposedly they were killed in a small village called San Vicente in Bolivia. But is that what really happened? We came across this interesting read.

The iconic movie Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford, was selected by the American Film Institute as the 7th greatest Western of all times in the AFI’s 10 Top 10 list in 2008.

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

The movie Blackthorn (2011) is other western film about Butch Cassidy, with Academy Award nominee Sam Shepard as Butch Cassidy and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (who plays Jaime Lannister in the fantasy tv series: Game of Thrones) as the young Butch Cassidy. This film tell us the last adventure of the legendary outlaw, now calling himself James Blackthorn and hiding and living a solitary life in a village in Bolivia.

Some locations for the film were La Paz, Potosí and Uyuni, showing us a bit of Bolivia’s wonderful landscapes, from the Andes mountains to the famous Salar de Uyuni (the world’s largest salt flat and Bolivia’s main highlight), amazing backdrop for Butch Cassidy galloping on his horse Cinco.

Sam Sheppard as Butch Cassidy in salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

You can watch the movie and admire the powerful Bolivia’s landscape here. Check out the trailer.


Many interesting documentaries have been made about the life of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance kid. Here you find a few of them:

For sure there are some interesting facts about Butch Cassidy which we are sure you never heard of.

What do you think happened to the train and bank robbers?

Butch Cassidy in Bolivia