Tupiza, the Wild West of Bolivia

Trip Start Mar 10, 2011
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Bolivia  , Potosí,
Monday, April 25, 2011

We got on our first Bolivian night bus from Uyni to Tupiza. Bolivia is so cheap, our 8 hour bus only cost us Ģ4.50! You pay for what you get, though. The bus was overcrowded with people standing in the isles, it had very little (if any) suspension, causing the seats to bump up and down, no chance of a wink of sleep! We better get used to it though as Ed says theyīll get even worse when we get to Asia...
Tupiza is south of Uyuni, famous for the capturing of the two American cowboys, Buch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Everyone comes here to be a cowboy for a day, and thatīs why weīre here to. We booked a day horse riding around the canyons of Tupiza. It was to be the most dangerous thing we had done so far!

We were introduced to our horse by the side of the road. The guide helped us onto our horse but didnīt give us any instructions on how to ride a horse, our horses would just follow his horse. This soon became a problem when my horse started trotting off down the wrong road and I didnīt have a clue how to stop her. The guide caught up with me and explained the basics in Spanish. We kind of got the hang of it but our horses seemed to be a bit difficult to control. My horse had her 2 month old baby following us. He kept getting in the way of the other horses and they weren't liking it. At one point Jamesīs horse bit the baby horse and my horse got a bit over protective and went over to his horse and kicked him with her behind legs. Jamesīs horse then kicked Edīs horse in a similar way putting him into a daze. They didnīt seem to like each other so we had to keep them apart. I donīt think the safety standards in Bolivia are the same as those in England when it comes to horse riding. Would they let you gallop on your first time? We found it difficult to keep balance and at some points I was so scared I was going to come off! James came off twice, luckily suffering no injuries. By the end of the day we were so glad to be off our horses safe and sound, all agreeing we were never going to get on a horse again. On the bright side, it was fun and the scenery was nice so no regrets....

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