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Tupiza made an relaxing first stop in Boliva after a bumpy and 'interesting' bus ride from the border, which had me in giggles at why they would take a coach/bus on dirt roads and not drive on the paved road that seemed to be running along side us!
After checking in to the lovely Hotel La Torre we set about chores of hand washing our clothes and reseaching the best deal for the 4 day jeep trip to Uyuni. I also wanted to fit in a horse ride before we headed off, which Luke and I managed to squeeze in after lunch and before nap.
We signed up for 3 hour trek, thinking it should be easy enough, stating we had no previous experience and inquiring if it was important that we understood the guide (he spoke no English, us little Spanish). Our guide, Zaman introduced us to our horses (Oscar and Casablanca) before picking up a friend on route (Marcel). Feeling the part in our cowboy hats we were ready, if not overly confident. We needn't have worried as our horses knew the way and we weren't so much riding as sitting on top.
The scenery matched that of a wild west movie set - red rocks, dust, canyons, cacti and of course us on horses. Very enjoyable ride, if not for a sore bottom afterwards and Luke's horse speeding up on the home straight.
Once back at the hotel, the girls we were sharing the jeep with had booked us in for 9am the following morning, so all we needed to do was eat, get a good night sleep and set an alarm. Easy.