Blogs from Sucre, Chuquisaca Department, Bolivia, South America - page 6


South America » Bolivia » Chuquisaca Department » Sucre December 4th 2012

So, now we're in Sucre. We've taken a bit of a diversion from our planned route (clearly it's a rubbish plan as we never stick to it), but with good reason this time. After leaving the jungle we jumped on a bus to Cochabamba (I'll admit that I'd never heard of it either until Ellie mentioned it in the bus station) but although that went off without a hitch, it was in fact a wonderfully scenic journey along winding mountain/valley roads, the same couldn't be said for our attempt to get to Samaipata. As Bolivians are want to do, without warning, some union or other decided to protest about something or other (the people here have many things to vent their anger about), and they figured blocking the roads to Santa Cruz (which we needed) would ... read more
Palacio Portales
Roof of Fransiscan Church Potosi
El Tio

South America » Bolivia » Chuquisaca Department » Sucre November 22nd 2012

The journey from Chaco to Sucre was not one of our favorites, that is for sure. Bolivia seems to have a lot of spots that are named ‘the highest ...’*, which is pretty understandable when you enter the country. Despite the fact that the winding Andean road offered us the most tremendous views we could imagine, it was far from being labeled the most secure. Majority of it was just a sandy path that had space hardly for one bus not to mention two vehicles. I was ‘lucky’ to sit on the drop side of the bus and had to hold my breath every time the bus came too close to the edge. It is part of the adventure, right? Would have done it again, though.... if only for the perfect sunset over these mountains... We ... read more
colorful handicrafts
in Tarabuco village
hard working mother

South America » Bolivia » Chuquisaca Department » Sucre September 21st 2012

For its size, government buildings (complete with apparently almost constant protests - a Bolivian speciality I will get to find out about before too long, I'm sure) and incredible hustle and bustle, La Paz is not - officially, constitutionally speaking - Bolivia's capital city. That honour goes to the city of Sucre, located some 600 kilometres southeast of La Paz in the dry, rolling hills of the departamento of Chuquisaca. Six hundred kilometres might not sound like much, but in a country like Bolivia it most certainly is. Bolivia is over five times larger than the United Kingdom and has some of the most formidable geography imaginable: pretty much the northern half of the country is rainforest, and the bottom bit is dominated by mountains, volcanos and desert. As a result, Bolivia's road network is not ... read more
Flying out of La Paz - Cordillera Real peeking through the cotton wool
Gorgeous colonial Sucre
Colonial church, Sucre

South America » Bolivia » Chuquisaca Department » Sucre September 10th 2012

Day 325 Friday 31st August Today we are off to Sucre so we had to pack our bags, have breakfast and get a collectivo taxi which the hotel booked for us. When the driver arrived he parked so close to the door of the hotel on the curb and to the car in front we could only just squeeze through dragging the bags across his bonnet. Then he started talking to us at a hundred miles an hour and we could not pick up a word so we grabbed the woman from to hotel to translate. Things did not sound good when she said “no entiendo” join the club but after a while it was all worked out and he would pick two more passengers up so it was cheaper for us and drop us at ... read more

South America » Bolivia » Chuquisaca Department » Sucre August 13th 2012

Wow... Sucre feels like ages ago. How the hell do people keep upto date with blogs and that - its too hard! I´m in bloomin Chile now and I still have loads of Bolivia to do. Well, I remember Sucre being lovely and warm. Which was exactly what i wanted! It makes such a difference being out of altitude - transported from winter to summer, and I don´t know if its the altitude (easier to breathe?!) but it just feels more relaxed down there - mind you, its stil over 2000m above i think. Ha, I was wondering how different the altitude was from what I was used to, given going down to 2000m is such a big deal here. Wondered if it was more on a par with home... so I googled London altitude. Guess ... read more
Table football en masses

South America » Bolivia » Chuquisaca Department » Sucre July 17th 2012

Hola Amigos, nach dem wehmuehtigen Abschied aus Samaipata und meiner suppertollen Gruppe ging ich ins Callcenter um in der Heimat mal anzurufen. Trotz eines 30-minuetigen ehrgeizigen Versuchs ein internationales Telefongespraech auf ein oesterreichisches Mobilfunkttelefon anzuwahelen, hoerte ich staendig nur, dass dieser Anruf (mal wieder) nicht moeglich sei. Nicht weil ich mich vertippt habe, sondern eher wegen des internationalen Zahlendschungels, bei dem mir auch die spanischsprechende Assistentin nicht weiterhelfen konnte. Anyway, ich ging zurueck zu meiner Herberge und schnappte mir mein Backpack. Mein Busticket nach Sucre hatte ich mir schon am Vorabend bei einem Touroperator besorgt. Die Verkauferin meines Bustickets hat mir am Vortag mitgeteilt, dass der Bus an "dieser Stelle" - und sie markierte die Haltestelle auf der Karte - stoppt, und ich um 7:00 aberds dort sein soll.... read more

South America » Bolivia » Chuquisaca Department » Sucre July 17th 2012

Hola mis amigos, vor etwa einer Woche bin ich in Sucre nach einer holprigen Nachtfahrt angekommen. Zu Fuss machte ich mich samt meinem gesamten Equipment auf die Suche nach einem passenden Hostel. Nach Umwegen zum Tourist Informationcenter entschied ich mich fuer das WASI MASI. Warum ich mich fuer das WASI MASI entschieden habe? Erstens auf die Empfehlung einer Reisegefahertin hin und zweitens, da sie mir Fruehstueck angeboten haben, bevor ich eingecheckt habe. Ich koennte es mir ja beim Fruehstueck ueberlegen. WASI MASI klingt lustig, bedeutet aber auf Qechua (Inkasprache) "Haus der Freundschaft". Nach einer wichtigen lauwarmen Dusche informierte ich mich zunaechst mal im Hostel ueber Sucre und ueber Spanischkurse. Im Hostel selbst verwickelt man sich staendig in banale Gespraeche mit anderen Hostelbewohnern bzw. Reisenden, was einen Tagesplan durchkreuzen kann. Am spaeten Nachmit... read more
Surprising Music Band

South America » Bolivia » Chuquisaca Department » Sucre June 30th 2012

In true Bolivian fashion, the flight to Rurrenabaque boards 20 minutes late, without explanation. A mostly gringo crowd anxiously walks across the tarmac to our miniscule 2 propeller plane, and though there is no overhead compartment and no room to stand up straight, on the plus side, every seat has both a window and an aisle. There are no flight attendants, no safety talk, just two illuminated signs, one saying 'no smoking,' and the other, 'fasten seatbelts.' So much for the complimentary peanuts. I am seated in 1A at the very front, and can see directly into the door-less cockpit. I can hear every beep, see every flashing light (all of which seem to signal imminent death) from take-off to landing. The pilots fire up the propellers within seconds of closing the hatch, and we are ... read more
Caiman spotting in the Pampas
Crazy butterflies

South America » Bolivia » Chuquisaca Department » Sucre June 18th 2012

We continued to move north to another of Bolivia’s cities named Sucre. Sucre is known as the Ciudad Blanca (The White City) as the main centre is amassed with whitewashed buildings. This makes for a very attractive place indeed. The main square was definitely one of my favourite squares so far because the surrounding structures were kept immaculately. Sucre turned into a place for a bit of relaxation too. By the time we arrived here, we were both recovering from sickness due to the extremes on the Salt Flats coupled with the dusty mines in Potosi, if I was being honest we were pretty shattered. A welcome distraction was the Euro 2012 so after doing exploring of the city in the mornings (or after a sleep in) our afternoons were spent sipping on beers watching the ... read more
Sucre Mirador

South America » Bolivia » Chuquisaca Department » Sucre April 21st 2012

Having been here in Sucre for 3 weeks now, we have decided to move on elsewhere. We realised that the 10 days we gave ourselves to see the Amazon, Lake Titicaca and Machu Picchu wasn´t enough so we cut the stay short by a week so we could fit it all in. The next stop will be Potosi before taking a bus up to La Paz. My last post had details (sort of) of all the various things we´ve been doing here in Sucre so this is just going to be a poorly organised rambling of observations that we´ve gathered up over the past 3 weeks. So here goes: First things first: there are tumbleweeds in the telephone wires. I don´t know how or why they´re there but they are. Maybe telephone wires are always making ... read more

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