Uspallata - Dog Racing

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


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Sunday, March 2, 2008

Today was a slow day. Given our late evening the day before at the Tibet we decided to sleep in and give our 20 km trek a miss, reducing it to 6kms whenever we managed to get out of bed!

The horse riding and water rafting had also left their mark on our bodies and our back (and backsides) were aching sufficiently to make a trek change into sado-masochism.

So it wasn´t until around 4pm that we finally packed our energies and started walking towards "Las Bovedas". These are old silver melting buildings constructed by Jesuits. Actually all the work was done by indians "inspired and directed" by Jesuits...

As with most things in Argentina the museum was closed on a Sunday, even though the tourist office stated the contrary, but it was worth the walk. Especially entertaining was crossing a small river and getting soaked in the attempt (see Video of Veronika who managed not to get wet. Marcos managed to step on all the slippery stones and fall in).

The best part of the trek was walking back and bumping into a dog race organised by the local village. It seems they do this most Sundays as a hobby. It was great to see how they made the dogs run by chasing a piece of cloth tied onto a string on a static bicycle. The video "Dog Racing in Uspallata 2" shows they guy at the bicycle.
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