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South America » Bolivia » Chuquisaca Department » Sucre February 10th 2010

After ¨Día del Compadre¨, I headed to Sucre with the three guys I met in Potosí. Cool little town (actually quite a bit bigger than the other towns I have visited), all the buildings are white, cobblestone streets, plazas and churches everywhere you look (weird, I know, that never happens here). We just stayed there for about three nights before my new friends headed off to Cochabamba and I grabbed a bus southbound to Tarija.... read more
Government Building
Friends and a church
El Pueblo

South America » Bolivia » Chuquisaca Department » Sucre January 22nd 2010

We´ve found somewhere with decent internet, so are still trying to get more photos up. So... We ended up staying in Salta for about two weeks in total. That was the fault of Enrique at Hostel Del Centro who fed us cocoa pops, and showed us that the best Empañadas in the world were in the restauaurant across the road. We got to know pretty much everyone at the hostel, and spent New Years Eve with them drinking Malbec out of plastic beakers at the picnic table, then heading to the clubs that open at 2am. We did a bit of that cultural stuff while we were there. Probably the most striking was visiting the pickled Inca they have at the MAM museum. It was a young boy that had been sacrificed to the Gods around ... read more

South America » Bolivia » Chuquisaca Department » Sucre January 21st 2010

Sucre - a welcome stop for 3 reasons: 1) we were getting tired from moving on so much and wanted a base for a while; 2) we wanted to enjoy the year round spring like climate Sucre enjoys and 3) we fancied brushing up on our Spanish and wanted to do a week´s language course. We were able to do all three. We found a good Spanish school, Jonty learnt loads of new verbs and I was able to chat away all week with someone paid to correct my every mistake (not a job I´d want to take on, ha, ha) locals never correct you but its the only way to improve. We also found a place to relax at the highest point of the city (La Recoleta) where you could sit in a deckchair and ... read more
View over Sucre from La Recoleta
Streets of Sucre
La Recoleta

South America » Bolivia » Chuquisaca Department » Sucre January 18th 2010

After managing to get some sleep in our delightful cama bus (cama means bed in Spanish), we arrived in Sucre - 12 hours south of La Paz on luxuriously paved roads. It is also at a delightfully lower elevation than La Paz, at only 2600m. Sucre is the historical capital of Bolivia, and upon seeing it, it is clear why, it has a lovely look - all the buildings are white with red, tile roofs. The main part of town has lots of wonderful colonial architecture. The city is lively and has all the amenities one might need, as well a rich history involving the liberation of Bolivia from the Spanish, and the formation of an independent republic. We arrived early in the morning and arranged a taxi from the bus station to our hostel - ... read more
Dino tracks!
Kara getting close to a brontosaurus
Architecture in Sucre

South America » Bolivia » Chuquisaca Department » Sucre January 16th 2010

We made it to Sucre in the afternoon on the 12th following a short 3 hour bus ride from Potosi. The city (also known as the City of Four Names - La Plata, Charcas, Ciudad Blanca (White City), and Sucre) was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO on December 13, 1991 due to its history and colonial architecture and was a nice place to spend a few days. We stayed at the ´Hostel Cruz de Popayan´which was alright (with the exception of a horrible smelling bathroom due to black mold above the shower) and ate literally every single meal at ´Joy Ride Cafe´as recommended by the Lonely Planet - they have amazing food! On our 2nd day we visited the small mountain of Cal Orck'o located about 6 km outside of Sucre which is home ... read more
Sucre, Bolivia
Sucre, Bolivia
Sucre, Bolivia

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South America » Bolivia » Chuquisaca Department » Sucre January 11th 2010

Il était temps pour notre petit groupe de se séparer. En effet, Robert et Jennie partaient sur Tupiza et nous, nous voulions passer un peu de temps dans la capitale de la Bolivie, Sucre. Sucre est une ville agréable, pas grande du tout pour une capitale et il est facile de s y balader a pied. De plus, le climat est plus clément car la ville est moins élevée (2800m d altitude). A Sucre, nous nous sommes surtout reposé, et nous avons profité du soleil. Au départ, nous pensions faire une randonnée a cheval mais finalement les excursions proposées ne nous ont pas paru tres attrayantes, nous avons décidé d aller faire de l escalade! Nous sommes partis une demi journée avec un guide qui nous a fait escalader une paroi de 23 metres 5 fois. ... read more
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South America » Bolivia » Chuquisaca Department » Sucre January 9th 2010

Sucre has been slightly more lo key as we have been quite tired and thought we´d have a relaxing few day s in a city. Sucre is officially the capital in Bolivia apart from the fact that it comes second in every way to La Paz. We arrived quite late in the day and decided on a quick hostel. We found one close to the centre and went out for dinner in city. One of the things we had planned to do here was horse riding as we heard it was good around the city. Instead the next day we ended up booking a day of Rock CLimb in the mountains overlooking the city. I thought if I want to keep climbing mountains etc I should really have a basic grip of rock climbing. It really ... read more
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South America » Bolivia » Chuquisaca Department January 1st 2010

So its been a really long time since I have written. Sorry guys... I am still alive and well! So to kind of pick up where I left off (a month ago). After the race the whole crew (minus Quiller) decided we needed some much needed R&R at a very nice hotel with a pool. After multiple days of laying in the pool and tons of showers I think we finally reached a somewhat presentable state. So after weeks on the road we were clean and fed and feeling much better than the dreary state we arrived in. (I had an all-you-can-eat meal everyday for over a week when I got back... ya fatty instincts coming back.) Asuncion was just hot. And we were tired. Nice people, everyone is starting to look more European and the ... read more
Tom Lehman...
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South America » Bolivia » Chuquisaca Department » Sucre November 12th 2009

Blog to appear at a later date.... read more
Sucre
Sucre
Main Plaza

South America » Bolivia » Chuquisaca Department » Sucre November 6th 2009

This past weekend, Bolivia took the opportunity to celebrate Halloween, All Saints Day and All Souls Day. Needless to say, everything was closed -- including a lot of transportation. Meaning I was stuck in Sucre, the judicial capital of Bolivia. I came to Sucre hoping to do some trekking in the surrounding valleys, but found that unlike the more touristy areas, the price is based on the number of people. And all the travelers I met in Sucre seemed to be more inclined to partying than hiking. On Saturday I took the "Dino Bus" up to the Crustaceous Park, which contains the alleged "longest track of dinosaur footprints in the world." It´s actually pretty cool (the tracks were made horizontally, but uplifting of the Andean plate has made them almost vertical), but felt more like Disneyland, ... read more




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