We arrived by bus from Brazil. It took us two incredibly long bus journeys from the Pantanal region- the Brazilian wetlands until we arrived in the picturesque Spanish colonial city of Sucre.
Many people told us we’d get stuck here.. and they were right! We took up some basic Spanish lessons, and spent our days relaxing, wandering the streets, the strange graveyards, markets and… erm… I really don’t know what else but we stayed for about two weeks. It’s a very easy place to stay in Bolivia but still with many Bolivian quirks. The Bolivian people are very unlike anywhere else I have been. They are extremely wary of ‘foreigners’ particularly anybody western. They are very anti American and want to preserve their own culture.
Now there’s a lot of interesting scenery around Sucre. We were lucky enough to meet a Slovakian guy who had planned a two day hike using his GPS and said we could join him. The hike was hard, but so rewarding as we saw a completely different side of Bolivia.
The people could seem very unfriendly, for example when we sat on the bus we thought we were hated- they were almost glaring at us or ignoring us. However, when the bus reached our destination they ushered us off and waved us off happily smiling away!
We returned to Sucre (via a local truck). Two hours of teetering on sheer mountain drops and I was ready to get off!!
Hmm what else.. oh wait.. how could I almost forget about one of Sucre’s most famous attractions- the dinosaur footprints! So basically 68 million years ago dinosaurs were roaming these very surfaces, and you can see their naturally preserved footprints at Sucre dinosaur park. It really is like the land before time and fascinating to get a glimpse into this era.
You must go to the market and buy the most amazing fruit ever! Known to some as a custard apple over here it is called Chirimoya. They are huge- as big as a melon and inside is a fruit which tastes like a mixture of ice cream, strawberries and pears. It is so sweet and delicious… wow. There’s also so many stalls for juices and smoothies- no excuses not to get your five a day!!
And all the fruit balanced out the copious amount of chocolate you will inevitably eat, particularly if you have a sweet tooth like I do- there are some incredible cake and chocolate shops in Sucre.
I do recommend the chorizo sandwich though (this was before I turned veggie). Another delicacy are saltenas- they have the appearance of a Cornish pastie but inside they are so delicious with meat, eggs and olives immersed in a sweet sauce. The best ones are sold at El Patio Saltenaria. It’s a bit fancy in comparison to a pasty from Greggs (sit down meal with white plates, nice cutlery and proper tea and coffee pots) but so delicious!
Another must do is to walk up the hills to get amazing views of the city.
And at the market stalls buy your alpaca cardigans, jumpers, gloves and scarves! So cute and so practical- South America has some extremely cold areas especially if you’re planning on doing any hill or mountain treks…
As you can see Sucre is an incredible and interesting place. I suggest you find out about the history and the culture and the politics too. I was shocked by some of it to say the least. Their leader Evo Morales seems to act more as a dictator with some bizarre opinions such as blaming the consumption of chicken (Bolivias favourite meat by far) for baldness and homosexuality.. makes Donald Trump seem intelligent! Eating chicken makes you gay?!
I also was shocked and upset by the number of homeless and beggars on the streets. Bolivia doesn’t have a welfare system and seeing these people have to resort to begging to survive makes me so grateful I am from a country which does have a welfare system.
Sucre was definitely an eye opener, but it was nothing compared to what would come!
Eventually we dragged ourselves away from Sucre with a plan to go to Potosi to see the mines. However, a strike meant that we couldn’t actually get there. The roads were blocked. Instead we took the random decision to go to Cochabamba, in hindsight not the best decision as there isn’t a whole lot there and we needed to return back South for the famous Uyuni salt flats. More on that in my next post..
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