Mmmm juice and Donuts! (and Dinosaur prints!)

Trip Start Oct 06, 2010
Trip End Jul 30, 2011

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Wasi Masi

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Thursday, May 5, 2011

After a few days of freezing in Potosi, we hopped on a bus headed for Sucre to meet up with our friends Hew, Bernice, and Sarah. We rolled into the Wasi Masi to be met with a plate – the afternoon BBQ was just getting started. After thoroughly filling ourselves we took our bags up to the room we were to share with one partying Dutch guy, and proceeded to waste away the evening on movies, books, and some catch up time.

The next morning Josh and I set out and made our favorite discovery – the Mercado was only 2 blocks from our hostel! After a cheese jalepeno roll, half of the best doughnut I've ever had, some delicious fresh fruit juice (yay maracuya!) and some coffee, we were ready to keep on exploring. We headed back to the hostel, then met up with Hew and Bernice for our penny tour of the city. We got the low down on where to eat, where to drink, what to see and what to do, then they took off for La Paz and we carried on our way. Up to the mirador for a view of the city, then back down and around, we had a great time in Sucre – could be because it really had the perfect climate. Or… it could have been the fruit juice. J

Josh and I decided a good hike would be nice, so we booked in with Adventure Bolivia and set off for two days just outside of Sucre. After a very crowded local bus (one guy sat on my arm while another attempted to rest his feet on my leg) we arrived at our starting point, and set off down the Inca Trail. Incredible landscape, although Josh and I both missed hiking in the forests of home as there was little to no shade. The rock formations were unlike anything I’d ever seen, and the cause of the crater is unknown – speculations include a meteorite, although testing hasn’t confirmed it, or an old volcano, which again has no scientific proof. It looks almost as though something very large hit the earth, and caused the layers of rock to twist and buckle forming new hills and cliffs. Day one was long, and after 7 hours we finally made it up and into the Marawa crater to our little refugio. A quick dinner and then off to bed, as we were all exhausted!

Day two took us up and out of the Marawa crater, and off to find… DINOSAUR PRINTS! It was incredible, you could go right up to them and stick your hands in, or sit quite comfortably in the print of a much larger creature (Josh: one set of prints belonged to a dinosaur similar to a brontosaurus and one set belonged to a baby T-rex like dinosaur) . After that it was a lovely, if rather hot, walk to our meeting point around 3pm, after which we were whisked off to look at some local weavings and treated to lunch. The trip itself was an amazing experience, which would have been 100% enjoyable if not for our guide. A 20 year old Bolivian, who went to elementary school in the USA with his dad, was the exact opposite of my kind of people: he completely objectified women, had a tendency for violence (he had just finished taking anger management classes), was homophobic, selfish, and completely close minded. I, of course, told him as much to his face, and then went to the liberty of filling it in on his evaluation form as well. If he could stick to guiding without sharing his very limited world view he could do quite well for himself.

Another day in Sucre to wrap up our visit before we headed off to Santa Cruz. Yes, the day included doughnuts, and fresh fruit juice.


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Bill on

Good on you girl. The way to improve the world is one redneck at a time. Seriously.

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