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South America » Bolivia » Chuquisaca Department » Sucre June 15th 2011

The constitutional capital of Bolivia. Sucre. Another night bus from La Paz. Not the worst, though it could have been better. It was full of miners, all of whom had picked the aisle seats, meaning everyone else had to make do with sitting by themselves. The bloke next to me went to sleep almost immediately – he'd done this before. The bloke next to Klaire fiddled with his phone for a bit, then crashed. The older travellers had managed to score seats together – mum just played the Nintendo while dad slept. The kid behind Klaire, however, didn't sleep. He just kicked her chair. A lot. Only a short walk to the hostel, where, strangely, it was cheaper to pay up front than the customary next morning. Checked in, we wandered out to see what we ... read more
View from the hotel
Men in Yellow
With guns and bayonets

Since I arrived in bolivia, it´s only got better and better. Being fortunate enough to come from the developed world, I really appreciate the simplicity of it all. It´s a huge contrast to our world, but for that reason it´s far more humbling and makes you appreciate how lucky we are. Potosi After the salt flats, potosi, the world´s highest city was my first stop. I caught my first bolivian bus there and it was quite a contrast to those I´ve experienced elsewhere in south america. Most buses I´ve been on so far make the ones at home look bad. Bolivian buses are in a different league, pleasant smells, reclining seats and toilets are already a distant memory. Thankfully I´d decided to break my route to la paz up with a couple of stops, so I ... read more

We have visited quite a few beautiful colonial towns on our trip so far. The Spanish and Portuguese certainly knew how to colonize;) Although following along that cobble stoned path, Sucre is a fairly unique city in Bolivia. Back in the day; say 500 years ago, Bolivia was very different. In fact what we today know as Bolivia used to be a much larger region. It encompassed Paraguay, southeastern Peru, Northern Chile and Argentina, and much of modern Bolivia. Sucre was founded in 1538 and for much of its history it was the preferred the seat of Spanish royalty who lived here in the better climate while they could remain focused on the riches gained from nearby Potosi. To this day the city remains the seat of the Roman Catholic Church in Bolivia, and Sucre is ... read more
Welcome to Sucre
Students and Teachers
Easter Egg Hunt

After an 11 hour overnight bus trip in a fully reclining bus from La Paz t Sucre, we arrived at 7.00am on Saturday 30 April. We took taxi to our hotel which was an old, gracious colonial building which was being renovated. Our room was large with 13-14 feet ceilings. It was a bit ‘tired’ so we understood why they were renovating. We couldn’t get into our room at this early stage of the morning so we went for a walk around the historic CBD of the city. We stopped at a restaurant called Joy Ride for a wonderful breakfast. We then completed our walk back to our hotel where our rooms were ready. Sucre (population about 300,000) is the constitutional capital of Bolivia and the capital of the department of Chuquisaca. Located in the ... read more
Our hotel
Our Hotel in Sucre
Cathederal at night

South America » Bolivia » Chuquisaca Department » Sucre April 21st 2011

Eighteen hours into our journey across the barren chaco region that seperates Paraguay and Bolivia, our bus broke down. The midday sun was adding heat to a situation we had not been in for a while. Brazil and Argentina had dazzled with buses and prices to match any European country, but now we were back on a proper bus that rattled and smelled its windy way from A to B via C. The journey up to that point had not gone without incident. A few hours into the trip Han had exclaimed that "South Americans are good travellers". It was true that, unlike their Indonesian counterparts, nobody was sick aboard the juddering bus, but the man behind me was doing his best to dispel our theory. I could smell the alcohol on his breath and ... read more
a pretty santa cruz church
The iconic sucre streets
the colourful sucre central market


South America » Bolivia » Chuquisaca Department » Sucre April 15th 2011

Day 45: A fantastic day horse-riding on the ranch with Janni! Got up at 7am to leave at 8 from the office in town but a mix-up with the minibus and a very long drive meant we didn't get started until about midday. My horse, Mio (mine in Spanish) was huge but great to ride, very calm and quick! The scenery was stunning, like a postcard, and so overall it was a very good day! Day 46:Quite a lazy day today as still tired from yesterday. We we explored the huge park (250 hectares) about 15 blocks from the city centre which was really pretty and had a very friendly atmosphere. We then went to a fairly posh street next to Plaza Independencia for a drink and then in the evening we were all pretty tired ... read more

South America » Bolivia » Chuquisaca Department » Sucre April 11th 2011

WARNING!! This is a long entry if you want to skip to the end and just read what I learnt in Sucre feel free :) Wow where to begin? It´s been a month since my last entry, I always had in my head that I may stay in Sucre a month to learn spanish in order to be better prepared for the rest of my travels but nothing could have prepared me for the month I was going to have here. I travelled up from Uyuni with a French girl from the Uyuni tour. We departed Uyuni hoping to be able to change busses in Potosi and head straight to Sucre. About 20 minutes out of Potosi the bus stopped on the side of the road. Thinking this was just a toilet stop we got out ... read more

South America » Bolivia » Chuquisaca Department » Sucre March 21st 2011

Oh how we loved Sucre! It is a beautiful town nestled by surrounding mountains. Sucre is a very modern town for Bolivia. We were still traveling with our new friends so we were able to explore the town with them. The first day we arrived we walked around the city a little, then went up to a wonderful viewpoint. It was quite a climb because this was our first stop at high elevation and we were not use to the low oxygen level. Once we arrived at the top we could see everything. There are very nice buildings in Sucre, a colonial town so most of the buildings are painted white. On our way back into town we witnessed a school riot going on. It consisted of angry college students mad about the high tuition prices. ... read more
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South America » Bolivia » Chuquisaca Department » Sucre February 19th 2011

After an amazing few days in Cochabamba where we did not really get up to a whole ton except enjoy the City, Amy and I both bought bus tickets to head in opposite directions. Amy wanted to do an ice climbing trek to a mountain somewhere in the 6,000 m altitude range outside of La Paz and I wanted to go visit Sucre. After our last day in Cochabamba, I got on my night bus that I was dreading for the entire day. Mostly because it was the only bus that said they had cama (bed seats) yet it was only Bs. 60 (which is about $9) for the 12-hour ride. Needless to say I expected the worst. However, my recent experiences with other horrible night buses had me prepare well in advance for the discomfort. ... read more
Sucre Cathedral
Fruit heaven in Sucre market

South America » Bolivia » Chuquisaca Department » Sucre February 10th 2011

À Sucre, c'est avec l'organisme à but non lucratif CondorTrekking, que nous avons décidé de partir faire un trekking de 2 jours. L'avantage de partir avec CondorTrekking est qu'un minime pourcentage de notre argent sert à maintenir l'organisme, tandis qu'environ 10% va au guide et tout le reste sert à développer divers projets dans les villages voisinant et visités en chemin. Régulièrement, certains des guides de CondorTrekking sont invités à participer à des réunions avec les dirigeants des villages afin qu'ils soient mis au courant des différents besoins et puissent fournir une bonne partie du financement nécessaire. Aussi, avec nos sous, de plus petits gestes sont posés, soit l'apport de cadeaux aux enfants rencontrés en chemin, tel que des cahiers et crayons étant donné le début des classes. Comme on craint qu'il s'agisse toujours des mêmes ... read more

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