From Sucre to Uyuni

Trip Start Jul 20, 2004
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Trip End Jul 20, 2014


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Villa de la Plata

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Sunday, December 5, 2004

After my Pampas trip, I returned to La Paz to pack up, say goodbye to my family and head to Potosi. Arriving at 5am in the morning in Potosi, i checked into Hostal Felcar to take a nap for 5 hours and then headed to the terminal to catch a bus to Sucre. I was planning on meeting up with Silvia, my host mom from La Paz who was in Sucre, and spent some time with her. I found a wonderful hostel, Villa de la Plata, and then went off to explore the town. I instantly liked
Sucre.

The city of La Plata was founded by Pedro de Anzures, Marqués de Campo Redondo, on November 30th, 1538. Its foundation was a result of mining activities overseen by Gonzalo Pizarro, who was interested in exploring the highland east region of the Andean Cordillera. In 1559, Spanish king Felipe II commanded the foundation of the Audiencia de Charcas, with its headquarters in the city of La Plata with the purpose of administering the eastern territories. During the 17th century, La Plata served as a legal, religious, and cultural center of the Spanish eastern territories. The first cry of Independence in the Americas took place in the city of La Plata May 25th, 1809. On August 6th, 1825 independence was declared and a new republic was born under the name Bolivia after its liberator Simón Bolivar. On August 11th, the name of the city of La Plata was changed to Sucre in honor of Mariscal Antonio José de Sucre, who along with Bolivar, fought for independence from the Spanish rule.

The city of Sucre is also known as the City of Four Names, being those names La Plata, Charcas, Ciudad Blanca (White City), and Sucre. On December 13, 1991 in Carthage (Tunisia) the UNESCO declared the Historic City of Sucre a "World Heritage Site" in recognition for its rich history and its wealth of colonial architecture.

On the day of my arrival, I met up with Silvia at her mom's place and we left for an official ceremony at the Bolivia National Library and Archive in Sucre. Silvias father was a composer and pianist and some of his work was given to the archive. The next day, Silvia and I went to see the dinosaur tracks which feature more than 150 varieties of prints of dinosaurs with close to 5,000 prehistoric impressions. The Dino truck took us to the FANCESA cement quarry where an astonishing number of dinosaur tracks are beautifully exposed in the quarry walls. Some of the longest continuous dinosaur tracks in the world are exposed in the approximately 200 m high and 500 m long quarry walls. An array of dinosaur species are recorded. There were pairs of footprints side-by-side as well as individual footprints, which criss-crossed each other across the walls.

Later the day, we toured the city, visited some of the many museums and churches, had a traditional lunch of Chorrizos (sausages) and beer. Because of the Sunday elections, no transportation was scheduled to leave to anywhere. Therefore, I had to cut short my visit in Sucre and head back to Potosi to pick up my luggage (I didn't get to see anything of Potosi) and jump in the next bus to Uyuni. That't where I am now and that's where I met up with my friends Sarah and Kiko again. We had great pizza at the minuteman pizza and beer in Uyuni.
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