Horseback riding through the desert
Trip Start Aug 25, 2008
49Trip End Dec 16, 2008
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Now, I've only ridden a horse once in Egypt - and that was for an hour in nice soft sand. My Israeli travel companion, Ohad, somehow talked me into spending seven hours on a horse (Israelis are excellent at talking people into doing things).
We were riding along a river and Ohad asked our guide if it was OK to go "rapido"
"OK - but stay on the trail" (which went straight for awhile then turned gradually to the left, away from the river).
Then path veered left, but Ohad's horse continued straight. Toward the river. Toward a 3 foot bank into the river.
"Whoa! Shhhhh! Stop!" I heard Ohad yell as the bank approached rapido.
Ohad's horse leaped into space and landed gracefully. Ohad was less graceful and came down hard on his saddle shouting something in Hebrew that probably would have made his mother blush.
And I saw my fate. I was going to learn how to jump a horse. #&%@!
We got in trouble for that stunt. Because we were galloping through river rocks off the trail, Ohad's horse lost a shoe on a rock. And apparently we could have broken our horse's leg. But it wasn't our fault! Idiot horse wouldn't stop.
The other surprise was that Idiot only had one eye... which I didn't learn until the end of the trip. It also explains why Idiot Horse kept heading for cliffs. I was like "turn left, Idiot - can't you see there is a cliff right there?!"
Next up: Paragliding, White water rafting, Bungee jumping and more in Salta, Argentina
Idea of costs in Tupiza:
7 hours of horseback riding, with guide: $25
Hotel room (no breakfast, but clean. Unlike the Belmont Holiday Inn it had super hot showers): $4.25
Fillet Mignon dinner afterward: $4.25