Blogs from Sucre, Chuquisaca Department, Bolivia, South America - page 7


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

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

The title of this post is tenuous. It´s vaguely linked to a dog we´ve come to befriend but is largely an attempt at a pretentiously symbolic title to try and rack up a few blog-views. A more accurate title would be: "The boy (manly man man (me)) who saw a dog that scared the crap out of him because it looked like a wolf, which then followed him around everywhere and acquired the nickname wolf, and actually turned out to be a very pleasant canine", but this title would be terrible, and I doubt there´d even be space for it on the screen. Thus, I´ve got your hopes up with the above title that suggests some funny I-told-you-so incident happening, such as me repeatedly feining travellers diarrhoea before actually getting the illness for real whilst sitting ... read more

South America » Bolivia » Chuquisaca Department » Sucre March 6th 2012

3 mars 2012 Ça s´est décidé très rapidement hier soir alors que j´errais dans les environs du "Mercado" de Sucre. Je suis entré dans l´agence touristique "Condor Trekkers" par un hasard total. Courte introduction d´un trek proposé par l´agence, et me voilà qui acquiessais à l´aventure. Quatre jours de trek dans les environs de Sucre, à la découverte de la campagne bolivienne. Mon cadran m´alarme. Il est 4h09 du matin. Je dois me rendre à l´agence "Condor Trekkers" pour 5h00AM. Je me prend une douche plutôt tiède alors que l´hôtel, le corridor, le ciel, tout est noir autour de moi. Je me rend à la sortie à pas feutrés et je disparais dans la nuit. On est cinq à participer au trek: Thomas et Marion les français, Isabelle l´allemande, Renée l´américaine et moi-même. 1h30 de route ... read more
Goat view
Vers Chatakila

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

After Potosi we were due for a full reunion of the nut Ring crew. Donna, Troy and I were on a bus bound for Sucre, and Helen was waiting for us there having booked us a room in the hostel she was staying in. The bus on the way to Sucre was about on par with the rest of the buses in Bolivia in that the seats were like a Grandma’s flowery couch, it stank and had several kids lying down in the walkway where they would be sleeping for the night. This one was particularly bad though as even Donna was squashed when sitting down. This meant that for me, sitting in a normal position being 6ft 2 was practically impossible. One amusing thing that did come out of the journey though was when a ... read more
White City
Dave taking full advantage of the arm that fell off the manaquin!
Dont worry...its not real!

South America » Bolivia » Chuquisaca Department » Sucre November 3rd 2011

After we left the skyhigh Potosí behind us, we headed for the slightly lower Sucre (2750m) which was a relief both physically and citywise. We could breathe easy again and the uphill roads became less of an obstacle. The nation of Bolivia was founded in Sucre and the "Declaration of Independance" was signed here. Eventhough Sucre is not the Bolivian capital anymore, it is still considered the constitutional capital and the Supreme Court is located here. It is no wonder that you can feel the big city vibe around town. The city center is aligned with whitewashed houses that sport very pretty wooden doors and iron balconies. The various small parks were planted with palmtrees and super pretty flowerbeds, this seems to be common in Bolivia for we have seen those in every city here. We ... read more
The park across from the Supreme Court
Casa de la Libertad

South America » Bolivia » Chuquisaca Department » Sucre October 8th 2011

Managed to find a really nice hostel in Sucre, Hostel Escondida, so nice we decided to stay for around a week. One of the first things we did was to book into a Spanish Language school for a three day course. The lessons were enjoyable and we definitely learnt some useful stuff, including the odd naughty word! We took advantage of the hostel kitchen and the food market opposite us and were able to make a low salt lunch and dinner for ourselves (they love salty food in South America). We also managed to have poached eggs! On Thursday Morning we went to see some dinosaur footprints and meteorite craters. The span of the triceratops footprints was massive. In the evening we went to a dance show where we were treated to some traditional dances from ... read more
Diplodocus footprint
Triceratops footprint
Mud strata

South America » Bolivia » Chuquisaca Department » Sucre October 7th 2011

Rob Writes Taking a taxi to Sucre wasn’t as easy as we thought, purely because we cannot speak Spanish. We knew a couple who stayed at the same hostel as us in Potosi had managed to get a taxi to Sucre for $100Bs (£10) but when we arrived at the taxi rank and proposed this price the taxi drivers practically laughed in our faces, wanting a total of $160Bs. After about ten minutes of not understanding one another we gave up and headed to the bus terminal. Two minutes into our walk and along came a taxi, screeching up next to us asking if we were heading for Sucre and that he could do it for $100Bs, or at least we thought he said that. We hesitantly got in. The driver then headed back to the ... read more
Rob on dinosaur phone, Sucre, Bolivia (1)
Dinosaur Footprints, Sucre, Bolivia (3)
Dinosaur Footprints, Sucre, Bolivia

South America » Bolivia » Chuquisaca Department » Sucre September 27th 2011

Tue 27th We arrived in Sucre and checked in Gringo´s Rincon hostel. It was run by a crazy crazy german called Mike. He insisted on showing us around his hostel so we could see which room we would like to pick. The first room he opened was a big 8 bed dorm, to which Mike said "This is an 8 bed dorm". We walked upstairs and he opened another door which was another 8 bed dorm, to which Mike said again "This is an 8 bed dorm". We moved on and he opened a door to a room with 4 beds in it. Feeling that i had a firm grip of what was going on here i said to Mike "...and this is the 4 bed dorm". Mike turned to me, scoffed loudly and quiped "Well ... read more
Call me what you want, but at the time it was funny goddamnit
Hayley having a great time at the empanada patio
nom nom nom!!

South America » Bolivia » Chuquisaca Department » Sucre August 17th 2011

Sucre : les vacances boliviennes Bon bon bon, après quasiment 2 semaines d’absence totale sur notre blog, il faut qu’on s’y remette ! On ne vous cache pas qu’on a pris du retard et que beaucoup de choses se sont passées depuis… Si on réussit à se remettre à jour, les posts du blog vont pulluler sous peu ! C’est parti ! Nous avons donc rejoint la « deuxième capitale » du pays, Sucre, il y a maintenant plus de 2 semaines ! Nous quittons l’Altiplano momentanément pour passer quelques jours dans cette charmante ex-capitale bolivienne, à la douceur plus qu’agréable ! Sucre, à 2790 mètres d’altitude, se trouve dans la région des « Vallées », une région qui longe tout l’Altiplano bolivien mais quelques mètres (voire kilomètres) en-dessous. Un climat bien plus clément du coup, ... read more
Université San Francisco Xavier, Sucre
Plaza 25 de Mayo, Sucre
Répétitions pour le cortège du 6 août

South America » Bolivia » Chuquisaca Department » Sucre August 5th 2011

Ola from Sucre! Following the disastrous route to Bolivia, its safe to say our hopes for the next 3 weeks were pretty low! However, much to our delight we've had a great few days in Santa Cruz and Sucre. We slept very well on our first night in SC, then headed out to the busy market the following morning to buy warm clothes. Unfortunately there isn't a Primark out here, but the shoes, tracksuit bottoms, fleecy jackets, hats, gloves, socks and alpaca jumpers didn't cost us too much, and are exactly what we needed to combat the weather which might just about rival England. We wandered around the town, went into the Cathedral to say we had done something cultural, then met some Canadian girls who we had dinner with. Really rather good steak for less ... read more

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