Tuesday, 15 September 2009

Tupiza by Horse, 7 September 2009

Salt flat tours typically begin in Uyuni, but after hearing many reports that Uyuni is a bit of a dive I decided I would head to Tupiza to start my salt flat tour and enjoy the land of Butch Cassidy and the Sun Dance Kid.

After sorting out my Salt Flat tour I grabbed a horse and galloped off into the craggy gorges that surround Tupiza.

Well, at any rate, I booked to hire a horse for a few hours and was taken with a guide for a walk out to the stunning Tupiza scenery.

As it happened I was spending the afternoon riding with a guy called Tim who was going to be on the same Salt Flat tour as me for the next four days.

The ride was lovely and the landscape was gorge! Blue sky, red rock, craggy landscape weathered by the wind and rain. Amazing.

My horse was called Negra, and she was lovely. That was until she picked up a gallop! Eek! We had Tim´s horse´s foal come along with us for the ride, and one point the foal bolted off and our two horses followed. I clung on for dear life, clutching my helmet that didn´t really fit properly and clambering on to the reins. ARGGHHHH! Then the horse calmed down and everything was ok again. It was a nice way to spend the afternoon, and seeing the surrounding countryside made me very excited for the days ahead exploring the Bolivian wilderness in a 4 by 4.

1 comment:

  1. Sounds like you had a fabulous time Amy, cant wait to see the photos. Hope your 'Tankles' have gone down,(lots of fluids and movement)X