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Published: September 16th 2018
After taking a very crappy night bus (completely different standards to Peru), we arrived in to Sucre, known as the 'White City'. The further south you go in Bolivia, the more Country Western the landscape becomes.
Again, like Colombia, Ecuador and Peru, Bolivia is a country with an amazing range of diverse climates... except an ocean climate, and that's a sore point in the countries history!
It was nice to be back out of the big cities and we spent the first day (after catching up on some lost sleep) effectively people watching in the main square, watching photographers trying to drum up business when everyone has camera phones and wondering why the old lady next to us on the bench was yelling out 'Edgar!!' When no one was around.
Sucre is a university city so there is a younger influence to the town. Western music is in favour of latin american songs and cars have more gadgets, and racing stickers attached to them.
We visited the main areas of the town in the course of a day. There are a number of churches and grand buildings (as Sucre used to be the capital of Bolivia) and a nice
former convent which offers 360 degree views of the city with its hilly landscape and for the lover of design uniformity, it has two levels of arches in its inner courtyard.
There is also a lookout and several restaurants with some nice sugary treats. Instead of promoting happy hour with alcohol, some places replace it with dessert happy hour!
We also tapped in to our adventurous side and booked a Quad tour for our final day. It was excellent and a good alternative to walking city streets! After lunch we went for a three hour tour which included a practice at the start then an off road blast around the countryside outside of Sucre.
There were four of us, including a German couple and our guide spoke great English and was very nice. He also took plenty of photos of us which he was able to send straight away.
It was very dusty but that was part of the fun and it looked cool to see the dust trails left behind!
A shower at the hostel afterwards was greatly appreciated after that, especially as we had already checked out and we were only hours away from taking a 10
hour night bus!
Sucre also had a festival in the main town which was gearing up as we were leaving and we managed to catch a glimpse of what appeared to be a never ending parade full of dancing and music with locals dressed in all kinds of colourful attire.
Sucre was a nice place to visit, it probably gets a fraction of travellers as most people, I'm assuming, go straight to Uyuni from La Paz or Chile to do the Salar de Uyuni tour and by pass the city. If you had the time to visit, I think a day or two is enough but worth it.
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