Blogs from Chuquisaca Department, Bolivia, South America - page 30


South America » Bolivia » Chuquisaca Department » Sucre February 3rd 2007

29 January, Monday... Arrived in Sucre bright and early and was surprised to find some friends from La Paz already awake and taking breakfast in the courtyard of the hostel after a rather heavy night out before. That is after finding the place, one block from the bus station turned out to be five minutes in taxi. As they'd already been there a day I trusted their advice and jumped on the Dino Truck in the afternoon. It turned out not to be so great, basically it involves a trip to see some dinosaur footprints from across a valley and lots of life-size plastic dinosaurs in a theme park after getting there in a pick up truck. It was amusing but seriously I wouldn't recommend it. After waiting hours for food in a restaurant all that ... read more

South America » Bolivia » Chuquisaca Department » Sucre January 20th 2007

Efter at Mads tog flyet tilbage til Danmark fra La Paz, ville jeg til Sucre i Bolivia, for at undervise i engelsk. Vi havde været der før, så jeg gad ikke tage bussen igen, og når jeg nu var i lufthavnen var det oplagt at flyve. Da jeg stillede mig op i køen for at købe billetten var der kun 1/2 time til afgang, men jeg blev forsikret om, at de tog alle med som stod i kø. Da det endelig blev min tur (jeg var den sidste) var der kun 10 min til afgang og skærmen havde i lang tid vist, at der var lukket for boarding. Nå, men efter at være blevet sendt lidt frem og tilbage fik jeg købt en billet, checket bagage ind og så skulle jeg løbe sammen med en medarbejder ... read more
Sucre - Den hvide by

South America » Bolivia » Chuquisaca Department » Sucre January 20th 2007

Well, we are coming to the end of our trip... and the date we fly to NZ is scarily close! But we still have some adventures to go, so here we go... Sucre Sucre is the judicial capital of Bolivia and the centre has been designated a UNESCO world heritage site (they are one busy organisation!) because of all of the white colonial buildings. The city itself is possibly one of the nicest we´ve visited in South America so far (Cuenca in Ecuador is up there as well). We spent some time wandering the city and enjoyed some great food in a small restaurant (we used our wedding anniversary as an excuse to splash out on a bottle of wine and the bill still only came to $20 USD). Naera did a day or so of ... read more
Salt Mountains
Local Bus Race
Salt Lake Perspective

South America » Bolivia » Chuquisaca Department » Sucre January 8th 2007

Ross: The night bus to Sucre had been made out to be an absolute nightmare of a trip in a stone age bus, over roads that were little more than dirt tracks. In reality the bus was quite comfy, smelled a bit and not quite enough leg room, and the roads although they were dirt tracks they weren’t to bad - bit bumpy now and again but the ride was smooth enough. We arrived in Sucre a lot earlier than scheduled (because we couldn’t get the later bus from Cochabamba) and headed to the hotel with no guarantee of a room for a couple of hours. The hotel was pretty grand and served an excellent breakfast with fresh fruit at long last. Not really much to say about this first day in Sucre other than it’s ... read more
mmmmm beer!
sucre market
sucre market 2

South America » Bolivia » Chuquisaca Department » Sucre December 24th 2006

Feliz Navidad! Well I´ve had that ringing around my ears for a few days, mostly due to a catchy little Christmas tune played over and over (and over) again in various places. "Feliz Navidad.. Feliz Navidad..." etc. etc. Hello from Sucre, an unexpected find for us in Bolivia - for a country where poverty is quite rife parts of Sucre are surprisingly swanky. There are some lovely colonial buildings (new paint as well!) and a few Chelsea Tractors cruising the cobbled streets. A nice spot for us to rest our weary legs (hmm) for Christmas. We´ve splashed out a bit on a 4 star hotel, suite and swimming pool. I say splashed out, in London this may require donning balaclavas and an AK to get the money to pay for it but in Bolivia, for as ... read more
Dreaming of a white Christmas?


South America » Bolivia » Chuquisaca Department » Sucre December 20th 2006

We finished our last week of school for the year on an interesting note... I told my kids to pee in their desks and James called one of his students a 'female dog'! Not on purpose... we inserted a few wrong letters when trying to speak spanish. I wanted to get my kids to clean their desks and James was attempting to tell one of his students that she was lazy. My kids thought it was hilarious and wanted to pee straight away. But all up, it was a good end to the year and end to my teaching stint at Highlands... we had a fiesta and played lots of games. A few days after school had finished we thought we should explore more of Bolivia... so we jumped into our jeep and headed south. Our ... read more
A shoeshiner
The courtyard at Casa de Libertad
The alternative bus in Bolivia

South America » Bolivia » Chuquisaca Department » Sucre December 17th 2006

Well suffice to say that this blog entry is slightly overdue. I'll keep it brief and you can look at the pictures! We arrived in Sucre and went to live with our host family in a very smart apartment block. They had 2 children and a dog and we ended up with a very pleasant room with a nice view of Sucre. We spent 2 weeks studying Spanish at a language school. We managed to fit a few activites in between our studies like visiting the famous market at Tarabuco and joining in the "Day of the Dead" celebrations. After 2 weeks we started our planned voluntary work in an orphanage for disabled children. Ally had a class of 4 year olds whilst Amelia was working with the 7/8 yr olds. They had a range of ... read more
View of Sucre from our room
Our family
Our family

South America » Bolivia » Chuquisaca Department » Sucre December 15th 2006

Hello everybody! In the last days i travelled trought the lovely city of Sucre, and now i'm in Uyuni, waiting to my 3 days tour to the Salt Lake and nearby regions. Sucre was amazing, i met a lot of people and we have a lot of fun. and, of course, the city is sooooo beatiful! I had to go away from Sucre after 2 days only because i didn't have enough time so, to do the 3 days tour into the Salar i had to skip Potosí = But it's ok, i can't arrive late at Cusco, thats my top-one priority, couse i have booked my hostel and my Inka Trail! I left Sucre a little sad, that was amazing city! i hope one day i can get back there! See everybidy soon! Bruno!... read more
at the hostel
another one
Sucre central market

South America » Bolivia » Chuquisaca Department » Sucre December 2nd 2006

Since my last blog post I have traveled from Arequipa to Puno, Peru, and then onto La Paz and Sucre, Bolivia (see map). Over the last 4 weeks I have been in Sucre studying Spanish. Fall rains in the Andes highlands have put a stop to much of my backcountry wandering, but I have had some fun urban adventures, met some new friends, learned a little Spanish, and managed a short trek in the Cordillera de Los Frailes just west of Sucre. I arrived in Puno just in time for All Souls Day - sort of like our Memorial Day, only more colorful and festive. On this day, much of the populace heads to their local cemetery to honor, decorate, and bless their ancestors´ gravesites. But there is also music, food, and much socializing. At the ... read more
All Saints Day in the Puno graveyard
at the Puno kiddie park
Puno parade - the fishes are marching!

South America » Bolivia » Chuquisaca Department » Sucre December 2nd 2006

Sucre is just another city really in which I settled for a few days without anything too interesting to report. Sucre however standing at 2904 metres above sea level is the highest capital city in the World but some books may contradict this statement and say that La Paz is the capital. After independence Sucre was apparently made the capital. (Yes I wish they would make up their mind as well) The journey to Sucre from Uyoni was 11 hours with 8 hours being along what has to be the worst road ever. (So I thought until I saw the death road!). With no tarmac and just a dirt stone track around mountains you jigged that hard that by the time the bus stopped your whole body was still vibrating……and as per usual we broke down! ... read more

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