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Free download µ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ç Aimé Tschiffely And was healed by an Indian herb doctor in the mountains of Bolivia for his infection after excavating graves; these obstacles have captured the hearts of people from around the worldIn addition to the remarkable details of his travel expedition Tschiffely's relationship with his horses Mancha and Gato is perhaps the most endearing element of the book and his photos of the people and places he encountered make Tschiffely's Ride the perfect travel companion for adventure enthusiasts. The author admitting of not being a writer did a wonderful job of presenting this very interesting adventure reading for us his audience uite easy to read and hard to put down as he examined his travels viewed historical sites and ruins and brought them to us in just enough details as not to drag on Amie' moves you through his interesting travels without much pause as to keep the reader engaged I enjoyed highlighting many of the sites and ruins so I may explore them further on my own Five stars due to it just being amazing adventure and the easy reading flow of the book For historic adventure readers this is another story you will want to add to your reading library

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Tschiffely's Ride Summary ¶ 108 Ç From the southeast coast of South America through an expanse of Peruvian sands en route to the West Coast then onward through Central American jungles and rainforest and finally to New York Tschiffely's journey was considered impossible and absurd by many newspaper writers in 1925 However after two and a half years From the southeast coast of South America through an expanse of Peruvian sands en route to the West Coast then onward through Central American jungles and rainforest and finally to New York Tschiffely's journey was considered impossible and absurd by many newspaper writers in 1925 However after two and a half years on horseback with two of his trusty and tough steeds this daring trekker lived to tell his best selling taleTschiffely's 10000 mile journey was filled with adventure and. This book tells the story of one of the greatest horse rides of all time Tschiffely’s 10000 mile journey made him one of the most influential euestrian travel writers of his day The trek took three years from 1925 1928 The author was 30—the Headmaster of a high school in Buenos Aires Evidently some of the local papers deemed his announced trip as impossible and “absurd” The author got to know some of the local ranchers and decided on two Creole horses which were descendants of horses brought to Argentina in 1535 by the founder of the city Don Pedro Mendoza So the fitness and resilience of the horses was amply proven My interest in this trek was based on my own 15000 mile trek after the Peace Corps when I embarked on a trip through eleven countries starting from Guatemala all the way to Southern Chile and back over a five month period 45 years after Tschiffely’s trip; we passed through many of the same places My trip was also by land except my mode of transportation was bus truck and train plus an occasional taxi although I needed a plane to get from Panama to Colombia while the author circumvented the Darien Gap with his two four legged companions in a ferry The author explained that he’d spent nine years in the English American school in Argentina but he wanted variety “I was young and fit; the idea of this journey had been in my ear for years and finally I determined to make the attempt” Almost as soon as he headed north from Buenos Aires he passed some isolated communities like “Santiago del Estero” where he realized that the dark thundercloud he saw coming his way was in fact an “invasion of locusts” which formed a thick carpet “every cactus plant and shrub was overhung with a grey mass” and was a foreboding of additional surprises and adventures to come One situation I could appreciate was trying to get directions from the local population “It is no use asking these people the way for they have only one answer and will invariably reply “sige derecho no mas” just go straight ahead although the trail may wind and twist though a regular labyrinth of deep canyons and valleys” Eventually the author and his two steeds would make their way to the highest area of South America and the mining town of Potosi This brought back memories of serious altitude sickness at 20000 feet The author often shared the local history and in this case the horrors of early Spanish Colonial days Their mines where called “Socabon” where the Spanish coat of arms was carved in the rocks over the entrance and an “estimated 20000 Indians were driven into the darkness of this mine and none who entered there ever saw daylight again” One delay that brought back memories was in the Andes mountains around Ayacucho where “Landslides and swollen rivers made it impossible to follow the road and compelled me to make a large detour over the mountains to the west” In my case 45 years later another landslide in the same area forced me to continue south through Peru to Chile and on my way back I travelled through Cuzco on to Ayacucho only to learn that the road had still not been cleared almost three months and six countries later resulting in “Plan C” in order to reach Lima The author’s experience was even harrowing as he was forced to go over a bridge spanning a “wild river” which was “like a long thin rope wire and fibre held the rickety structure together” The floor was made of sticks laid crosswise and covered with some coarse fibre matting to give a foothold and to prevent slipping that would inevitably prove fatal” This included walking across with his horses “His weight shook the bridge so much that I had to catch hold of the wires on the sides to keep my balanceOnce we started upwards after having crossed the middle even the horse seemed to realize that we had passed the worst part for now he began to hurry towards safety”As if this wasn’t dangerous enough the author tells of a “mysterious disease” known as “verruga” which is usually fatal and manifests itself in great swellings or boils” The local “opinion varied as to its cause Some said it was the water; others said it was in the air while some blame insects” Fortunately both the author and his steeds were not struck down by this local malady Another situation I could identify with was crossing from Ecuador into Colombia over a natural bridge called “Rumichaca” uechua for Stone Bridge where customs officers “wearing dirty clothes stopped us and demanded to see my documents” But this is where our experiences differed as I was usually harassed and delayed with heavily armed teenage guards looking for a bribe but in Tschiffely’s case “they had been advised of my arrival and treated me with courtesy” Evidently the British embassy did an excellent job of alerting the local authorities of the author’s arrival and he was treated as an honored guestOne of the first places the author visited upon arriving in Guatemala was a relief map which I’ve visited many times to get an idea where some of the isolated villages I worked in were located in relation to the rest of the country “This map is made to a 110000 scale horizontally and 12000 vertically It is made of concrete and running water marks the rivers lakes and oceans” The nuance in his case was “On my way back to his hotel the street car derailed and the driver asked me to help him lift it back on the rails”The author visits the darker side of Guatemalan history “While in this city Guatemala City I saw a man who had been kept in a dungeon below the San Francisco church for sixteen years This happened during Cabrera’s time Food and water were lowered through a hole to the prisoners below and those who died were hoisted out through the same opening” and he reveals that the prisoner’s mind was “slightly deranged” Fortunately he didn’t miss one of the spectacular places in the country and possibly in all Latin America “On reaching the summit of a high hill after zigzagging higher and higher among the strong smelling fir trees I beheld far below at our feet Lake Atitlan Its mirror like surface of a deep blue reflected the surrounding mountains and the snow white clouds that looked like huge airships The lake is than 4500 feet above sea level and rivals anything Switzerland has to offer” Which he knows well as he was born in Bern Switzerland He then took a short cut from the lake into the Maya highlands and visited a village well known for its distain for outsiders “this trail led over mountains and was rough in parts and we had to pass through the village of Nahuala which I had been warned to avoid It is inhabited exclusively by Indians who will not tolerate the presence of a white man overnight In Guatemala as in most Central American countries the sale of liuor is a State monopoly but the Indians of Nahuala pay the government a certain sum each year for not sending alcohol into their district”Mexico would be the most receptive country to the author because of his two mounts Mancha and Gato who he dedicates his book to “Mexicans are born horsemen and lovers of adventure and the open air and therefore our journey appealed to them Without meaning to boast I just add that as a nation they are the ones who best understood the significance and valued the merit of my undertaking and showed their appreciation accordinglyOf all the banuets I have ever attended the most brilliant and picturesue was given to me by the “Asociacion Nacional de Charros” It was appropriately given in the Don uixote Hall in one of Mexico’s finest hotels The diplomatic corps was well represented and all the participants who were charros wore the typical costumes of the different regions to which they belonged”And upon his departure from Mexico “To my surprise crowds of mounted charros were assembled near the stables ready to accompany me out of town for some ten miles where after many embraces and fervent handshakes I sadly watched them disappear behind a cloud of dust”Tschiffely would continue his journey to Washington DC where he was received by President Coolidge in the White House He was also honored by the National Geographic Society which invited him to give the opening lecture to the Society in WashingtonAfter Ride Tschiffely became a famous and successful author and moved with his wife Violet to London where he continued to write books one of which was a biography of his friend Robert Cunninghame Graham who wrote the preface for this book In 1937 the author returned to South America and made another journey by car to the southern tip of the continent recording his experiences among the natives and the changes brought on by modernity in This Way Southward 1940 The book includes an excellent map which plots this epic journey as well as various photos According to the New York Times It is pretty certain that the crafty Ulysses Marco Polo or the indomitable Drake would have been hard put to keep up with Tschiffely This is a heroic book”

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Tschiffely's RideTriumph but it also forced the traveler to deal with tremendous natural and man made obstacles as many countries in Central America were war torn He traversed rivers and mountains in hurricanes and hail storms stopping to stay the night with farmers and villagers in huts who often shared their mysterious and superstitious tales He ate dried goats' meat in a desolate town of Santiago del Estero watched illegal cockfights and vicious machete battles between plantation workers in Jujuy. I was sorry when the story ended This is an adventure from start to finish Aime Tschiffely accomplished what few thought possible It took him almost 3 years to reach New York from Buenos Aires He stopped along the way sometimes for days and other times for up to 3 weeks He was certainly accompanied by Lady Luck but not many could have made this journey He planned it well seemed to have money to help pave the way and knew how to chose top horses in Gato and Mancha Criollo or Creole hoses of great stamina This book is easy to find on the internet or in an electronic form This is my second time reading about the trek and I enjoyed it every bit as much the second read