Horseriding Bolivia

Trip Start Dec 14, 2007
Trip End Nov 04, 2008

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Farm house at Quiriza

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Thursday, March 20, 2008

NOTE: We will update photographs when the broadband allows. Its real slow here, so only text. If we upload pictures we could collapse the South of Boliva :-)

So another horseriding adventure in South America. It must be the fourth, and in theory our backsides should be more prepared...but of course we made it difficult for ourselves and booked a 2 day tour. The maximum Marcos has ever done was 4 hours, so 2 days sounds like a challenge!

We started around 10 am (booked the tour with a Vet that owns an Agency in Tupiza - Alexandro Adventure Tours for 400 Bs per person which is about 33 euros, and includes all food, lodging and guide for the 2 days).

At the start there was 3 groups, a couple of English blokes (one dressed in a red poncho and a local riding hat which made him look like an absolute twato...but there is nothing certain about style...), a bunch of noisy Israelis (who the guides had to take apart as they were trying to trot and gallop without any idea of what a horse is and were making all the group nervous, one of them even tried to exchange his horse for Veronika´s as she had a better one. Just in case underaged people are reading we wont include Veronika´s reply to this other twato), and us.

We were the only ones doing the 2 day tour, so the other groups slowely were left behind and the four of us continued (guide, Valerie and us two).

When we manage to upload the photographs it will be easy to see why this horseride is very attractive. The place is full of canyons, different coloured rocks and mountains, rivers and small mud towns.

The first part of the ride was quite easy, while after lunch it got slighly more challenging but fun when we kept crossing rivers with a certain strength. The good point about lunch was that we tried the "tamales" which are the favourite (together with Saltas) around this area. Tamales are rice with llama meat packaged in corn leave...delicious.

After a few trots and gallops we arrived at Quiriza where we were told we would stay in a very "basic family farm". Somehow the definition they gave to us fit exactly!

We slept in a converted barn which was clean and had about 8 beds, and some sort of mouse or large reptile moving around the roof all night. Never saw what it was but it kept our eyes open...

Dinner was basic but loads of it: vegetable soup, corn on the cob and just when we thought there was no more (and we were actually full) they served a huge plate of rice with a fried egg on top! Breakfast was a bit of a fiasco as given it is Easter week the lady of the farm could not find any bread to buy so we settled with salty biscuits and coffee...yummy. We didnt use the marmelade as the young sun of the farm lady brought it to us while giving it huge tongue licks (bless him...he was only about 3 years old).

The worse part was the toilet. But we will leave everyone to enjoy that on the pictures...

The farm (being a farm) was full of animals, and most of them seemed to love to come in and say hello, the kitten, a delightful farm dog, 2 huge chickens, the mouse. Luckily the pig was enclosed so didnt make it!

All in all a great experience which we topped with the only wine bottle available in the village, an Argentinian Vino Toro which at 9 Bolivars (80 cents euro the bottle) should have warned us that it was going to taste very close to vinegar with sugar. It did help heal the muscle ache in any case.
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