Tupiza - Ridin' the red canyon

Trip Start May 12, 2013
Trip End Jul 30, 2013

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Flag of Bolivia  , Potosi Department,
Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Had breakfast at the local market - warm milk and Pastel (tasted like roti prata) for b6. Arrived at the la Torre office for our horse riding tour at 10am. We took the 3 hour tour with the option of extending if we liked.

We walked from the office around 15 minutes to the outskirts of town. Horses aren't allowed in the main city centre. Picked up our horses - mine was a whitish grey one, and started riding. Ok maybe riding shouldn't be the word, for the horses just followed in line behind our guide, who spoke almost nothing the whole trip except telling us the names of the major viewpoints. The horses were strolling most of the journey, except for a few bouts of short dashes.

The scenery was nice, like in the Wild West. It seemed like we were in a red canyon. There were reddish hills along the sides, and many interesting landforms along the way.

Our ride took almost 3 hours, and we walked back to the town for lunch at the same good restaurant.

Then came the ugly side of this town. We went back to our hotel reception to pay for our stay. The manager, who only spoke Spanish, wanted to charge us an extra night because we checked in at 5am(they did not tell us about the charge). He even got a English speaker from Tupiza Tours (they are under the same company) to threaten us with the police. Janet and Gladys were the two impolite ladies from Tupiza Tours whom spoke to us. We went down to their office to look for them, only for them to give us a nonchalant attitude and insisted we pay without attempting to help us explain the situation to the manager. She even said we were wasting her time, and probably said conflicting stuff to her manager to make things worse. We went to speak directly with the manager, with our limited Spanish, and he was understanding and told us it was no problem. This lady, Gladis, is probably the worst front line staff I have ever met. She must be trying to get back at us just because we didn't take the tour from her.

Went back to our hostel, paid the amount, and rested. Had roasted chicken for dinner.

Salt flats tomorrow! The plan is to do the normal Tupiza to Uyuni salt flats route 4d3n, then pay for a private 4x4 to take us to the border, which would take another night. Till then!

Tupiza, Bolivia
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