The Wild South-West

Trip Start Nov 07, 2008
Trip End Mar 03, 2009

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Monday, December 8, 2008

  I decided to go off-spreadsheet for my next location and ventured further south in Bolivia, close to the Argentine border, to an area containing spectacular canyons and rock formations more akin to Utah than Bolivia. Arrived about 3.30 in the morning which wasn't great but met up with a couple of people I had met previously and found a hostel. The next day things moved rather quickly. I had planned to go on a tour of the nearby salt flats but not so soon as it turned out to be much cheaper to go the following day. Added to that I also wanted to go horseriding which meant we had to do it the same day. Thus the morning was a bit frantic running around to different tour agencies to book these trips. It did get done though and I soon found myself on the back of a horse for the first time.

   The ride was 5 hours and we went through some amazing scenery. The mountains were many different colours, from grey to deepest red and we were surrounded by cacti. Our guide took us through some great canyons and past some very strange rock formations and it was good fun. By the end I was very ready to give up though as the horses were slightly crazy with minds of their own and even the bus was more comfortable than that! The pictures speak for themselves so I don't need to write anymore, conveniently.
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