Tschiffely's Ride: Ten Thousand Miles in the Saddle from Southern Cross to Pole Star

Tschiffely's Ride: Ten Thousand Miles in the Saddle from Southern Cross to Pole Star

by Aime Tschiffely


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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 tale.

Tschiffely’s 10,000-mile journey was filled with adventure and triumph, 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, 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 world.

In 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781620876404
Publisher: Skyhorse
Publication date: 08/01/2013
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 392
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

F. Tschiffely
(1895–1954) was a Swiss-born teacher,
writer, and travel enthusiast. After a brief stint in professional football and boxing in England during his early twenties, he moved to Argentina to teach and eventually serve as the temporary headmaster of the Buenos Aires English High
School. His schedule allowed time for treks throughout the surrounding Pampas. He is the author of A Tale of Two Horses,
Coricancha, and This Way Southward.

Table of Contents

Preface to the 80th Anniversary Edition ix

Foreword xiii

Introduction xxiii

The First Day 1

Towards Rosario 4

The Rolling Pampas 10

The Desolation of Santiago Del Estero 17

Tucuman, the Argentine Eden 20

Entering the Andes 24

Preparing for Rough Mountain Travel 30

Through Mighty Quebradas and Over Windswept Mountains towards the Bolivian Border 32

Into the Land of the Quichuas 42

A Long Forgotten Spanish Gold Trail 46

Potosi, the Old Mecca of Greedy Spanish Con-Quistadores 51

Among the Aymara Indians 52

Towards Lake Popo 54

Over the Vast and Barren Bolivian Altiplano Towards La Paz 62

La Paz: The Hidden City 68

Titicaca, the Sacred Lake 70

On Peruvian Soil 76

Towards the Ancient Capital of the Mighty Incas 84

Glorious Old Cuzco 87

Into the Heart of the Andes 93

Civilisation Again 106

Landslides, a Detour and a Mountain Storm 110

A Famous Indian Market-The Roof of the World-Down to the Pacific Ocean 116

Lima, the Stately Old City of Kings 120

The Sandy Deserts of the Peruvian Coast 128

The Highland of Ecuador 155

Quito 177

Crossing the Line 178

Colombia 179

A Long and Eventful Side-Trip To Bogotá 185

The Great Swamp Barrier 192

Magdalena, the River of Mud and Crocodiles 195

Adiós South America ! 201

Mancha Suffers a Slight Accident 206

Westward Ho! 209

Into The Green Labyrinth 221

An Unmarked Border in the Midst of Jungles 224

Climbing Up To "The Middle of the World" 230

Civilisation Once More 233

Sidestepping a Revolution 237

San Salvador 239

Guatemala, The Land of the Quetzal 247

Guatemala City 249

Old Guatemala 251

Volcanic Regions of Singular Beauty 252

Towards the Mexican Border-A Glorious View-Descent into Steaming Tropical Lowland 258

The Land of the Charros 260

A Difficult Stretch 265

Old Tehuantepec 282

Oaxaca 291

In the Sierras 294

Mexico City 303

The Mexican Mesa 308

Over Barren Plains towards the Rio Grande 318

Texas at Last-And Victory ! 321

Busy Days 323

Farewell, U. S.-Back to the Pampas 327

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