Butch Cassidy eat your heart out!

Trip Start Mar 21, 2005
Trip End Oct 15, 2005

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Monday, September 5, 2005

Well the last 10 days have to be 10 of the best days on our trip, (do I say this too often?). Tupiza itself is a lovely town, after high altitude and cold weather it was great to arrive at an altitude where we could walk along the street without having to stop for a rest and in the sunshine too. Heaven. We booked onto two tours here. The first a 3 day horse trek around Butch Casidy and the Sundance kid land. The tour was just us two and our guide an only Spanish speaking (and very little at that) stable boy (which basically meant we could do whatever we wanted). The tour was absolutely amazing. However we resembled Laurel and Hardy more than Butch and Sundance. After befriended our long nosed friends we were ready to go. Within hours we were galloping (or cantering whichever is faster) across some of the best landscapes I have ever seen. We felt just like we were in the film and with Billy insisting I call him Butch I think we actually believed we were. I canīt describe how beautiful this place was so you will just have to look at the pictures. I was very naive as to how much exercise riding a horse was (epically when its your first time and you have to hold on for deal life as your horse ignores your commands and runs off at 100miles an hour). Everything aches, and my poor bum, its going to be a least a week before I can sit down again.

After tour one we had a day off which involved little more than relaxing by the pool and booking a massage lady to come to our hotel room. (3pound for an hour, a splash-out I think was justified!!).

Tour 2, The Salar del Uyuni tour is the most famous and popular in Bolivia. 4 days in a jeep travelling around the most remote and beautiful scenery imaginable (actually it was not imaginable as there is nowhere else like it). We saw lakes of various bright colours Green, Red etc with thousands of flamingoes who live on them. The lakes generally matched the freezing tempretures outside but there were also hot springs (3 of us braved a swim, fine when in the water but horrible getting out), and geysers. The last day was the famous salt plains, miles of miles of nothing but white. It looked like snow but was not cold or wet to touch. Never in my life have I been able to look so far away but yet see only white, it was really strange. We stayed in one of the two salt hotels on our last night. It basically says what it does on the tin. The bricks are salt, the beds, tables, chairs etc are made of salt, in fact everything is made of salt. They had signs of the walls saying "do not lick the salt"!! I can see why, it tasted disgusting. If the tour was not amazing enough the people were. There were 6 of us and for a change all British. 2 people from Gurnsey and 2 from London, but not just London, Balham, and if that was not enough they lived in Coalbrook Mansions our block of flats, above us in fact and knew of my fire. This has to be the most remote place I have ever been to and I bump into my bloody neighbors, luckily they were nice. We ended the tour in Uyuni probably the worst town I have ever been too, despite the tourism it had not developed since the 1920s and was really dreary and eerie, oh well we only had a 6 hour wait for our bus out. When the bus arrived it had a smashed glass door that had to be forced open and a huge sticker of Osmar Bin Larden in the window. Get me out of this place!!!
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