Hunting for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

Trip Start Sep 19, 2009
Trip End May 19, 2010

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Thursday, October 1, 2009

And onto Tupiza! A town that is most famous for being the final haunt of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, we were killed 100 years ago in the nearby town of San Vicente. Those of you that have witnessed myself and Wheeler at fancy dress parties over the years will know that this would be a place close to my heart...

Having been lucky enough to get out of Uyuni so quickly, we had a celebratory dinner at what will be probably be the cheapest restaurant either of us will eat at in our lives - El Alamo. Silpancho (basically roast beef and fried egg), Fajitas, chips, salad & rice along with beer and water, for a whopping 35 Bolivianos - about 3.50 pounds!

Since then, we have spent a bit more time taking it easy - Tupiza is a VERY laid back town in a beautiful setting (about 3000m above sea level). It is very safe, and got plenty of little shops and streets that have kept us interested. Yesterday, we climbed a small hill just away from the main plaza to watch another sunset. We also attempted a couple of the local walks, but failed due to what we entirely blame as very poor local cartography...

This morning we went for a very relaxing horseride (something Claire thought she would never experience) Claire interrupting here….it certainly did not start off relaxing… getting on my very large horse was not comforting as the saddle almost fell off first time then when I was on the horse didn't seem best pleased to have me there (don’t blame him!) and was moving around all over the place, when I asked if my horse had character they were like "oh yes he certainly does"….. this was enough to unnerve me completely, but as Ben continues walking pretty much the entire three hours calmed me down! (except for a quick jump over a small brook). On the journey we saw some of the surrounds: a rock formation called the Puerta del Diablo was the highlight. We had no control over the horses this time, the guide did it all and in the end we were both keen to go a bit faster, but when consulting the guide he said when the horses start to run they become a bit loco (mad) and therefore it’s too dangerous for us, hmmmm Claire wasn’t going to argue on this point!

We have met some nice people, and enjoyed the comfort of the La Torre hotel (at a whopping 4 pounds each a night).

Tomorrow, we leave for Potosi, which is about a 7 hours drive from here
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