Thumbs up for Tupiza

Trip Start Jan 18, 2011
Trip End Jan 18, 2012

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Flag of Bolivia  , Potosí,
Wednesday, February 16, 2011

GOD where do i start ?? ..

Wel we arrived at the bolivian border at around 7 o clock on a cold morning. I mean freezing cold we where not really prepared for it . We only had a t-shirt ,shorts and flip flops on , so we were pretty cold, neways we crossed the border from argentina to bolivia with flying colours , itīs great being irish. We had to wait on freinds for a while , they were from the usa and south africa , so they had to pay to get across $130 dollars i think?? . So we were laughing.we just jumped off the bus and picked up our exit stamps.  We then needed to walk across a bridge into bolivia get ourselves stamped in and back onto the bus....this was completed without any hitches !!

Upon our arrival to Tupiza we found a hotel.... brand spankin new, one of the best hotels i have stayed in, a three bedded room with a lovely ensuite also, all for the low low price of 50 bolivianos each night aka less than 5 euros each!!The scenery is awesome and one good way to see it is by horseback so Dwayne tellīs me , i was on the horse for about five minutes until bang!!!

 Iīll tell youīs the wee story , It was a fine day and the sun was pelting out 32 degrees , so all was good. There was 5 people on the horse tour with us , i got the biggest horse naturely because i was the tallest there. So we trotted along a train track for about 2minutes, until the guide heard a train coming , so we quickly had to turn our horses onto the road until the train passed . This was not helped when our horses starting eating grass by the side of the road, an old woman started shouting at our guide i mean screaming curse words in spanish, she then starded throwing stones at us because of the horses eating the grass and for being on the road , if this wasnt bad enough there was a lorry coming our way at full speed, flying he was on this narrow road. My horse started getting very ancious and afraid , this lorry driver wasnt slowing down, now the train started blowing itīs horn going by us , well my horse went crazy , i was trying calm him down as good as i could , until he flipped his head back which connected with my head knocked me straight off the horse , i was lucky i wasnt knocked out because if i was god forbid i would not be writing this ,my natural reaction when i was knocked off the horse was jump to the side as quickly as i could because the lorry was literally 5inches away from connecting with my head. The poor horse wasnt as lucky as me the lorry hit it and it died . So i think i really had an angel watching over me that day . Thank god i did. I dont know if i was fortunate or unfortunate , but luckily enough iīm still here with only a black eye and a few cuts and bruiseīs.

Tupiza is a small town in Southwest Boliva.With itīs international claim to fame being that it is very near to the site where Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid made their last stand against the Bolivian army.
Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid were killed near here after robbing a bank and the movie of the same name was also filmed in the nearby desert.We spent a day checking out the town and adjusting to the altitude... again. Bolivia is a world away from Argentina: The roads are almost all dirt, the buildings made from mud bricks, there are very few cars.

We went on a hike the next day beacuse i didnt get to see the canyons,The scenery was breathtaking, you really have to see it to believe it and Iīm sure that our pictures wonīt do it any justice. 
Also I think that it will take us (me anyways) a few more days to adjust to the Bolivian way of life although the food is quiet nice and really cheap , we had a four course meal and a drink for only 30bolivian each which is about 3 euro :) ,but the tea is terrible, and donīt get me started on the buses (I am not looking forward to peeing on the side of the side of the road in the company of 60 bolivian folk... remeber this is desert, there are no trees) 

neways chat to youīs soon were off to uyuni today to see the salt flats tomorrow , chou 

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