Siesta, Fiesta and Protesta!
Trip Start Sep 28, 2009
32Trip End Aug 27, 2010
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Even after returning to the bus station two days later, the blockade was still in full force and showing no sign of relenting, we took the decision to abandon our plans to visit Potosi and Uyuni and instead booked a bus to Tarija, which was the only route we could take in a southerly direction
From Tarija we then moved on to Villazon to catch a connection bus to Tarija (our intended destination), the journey was a spectacular one, more mountain roads providing fantastic views. At one point our driver tried his best to kill us, whilst driving he stood up and turned around therefore having zero control of the pedals or steering wheel, all in an attempt to switch on the bus radio. At one point we were heading off the cliff until we shouted 'WHOA WHOA WHOA’, the driver turned around just in time to steer us around the corner, we were literally two seconds away from becoming a very poor impression of a plane – we were scared out of our skins!
After changing buses at Villazon, we headed 2.5 hours north to Tupiza, Nicola was very excited about this location as we were heading horse riding. At an altitude of 2,950m, Tupiza is a small town with little in the way of charm and beauty, the main attraction is the stunning surrounding countryside. With cactus, huge red rock formations, mountains and canyons, you get the feeling you’re in the American Wild West and expect to see cowboys and pistol duels at dawn. The day of horse riding was (to my surprise) great fun, having zero experience I found it quite difficult to keep in rhythm with the horse as we trotted and cantered through the countryside. Nicola on the other hand made it look really easy and seemed somewhat regal with her poise and command of the horse, I was very impressed. Aching after the horse riding, the following day we sadly left Bolivia after three colossal fun packed weeks, what an amazing place.
Next up is Puerto Iguazu, Argentina, to see the mammoth Iguazu Falls.
Darryl and Nicola