Sucre

Trip Start Aug 11, 2010
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Trip End May 21, 2011


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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Sucre, located in central Bolivia, is the judicial capital. Although La Paz is now the official capital, since most government offices are there, Sucre was the original capital and remains the cultural centre of the country. A taxi driver on the way into the city told us proudly that Sucre is the capital of the country which gave us the impression that this status is important to the people here and that they refuse to accept La Paz as the capital. It is easy to see why since Sucre is such a charming city; white-washed buildings and striking colonial churches abound all surrounding a leafy central plaza. There is also a huge market which sells fresh fruit shakes and salads, food, flowers and extremely cheap eats- one night we ate in an indoor market and we both enjoyed a plate heaped with rice, meat, egg and beetroot with mustard and mayonnaise. It sounds quite a strange mixture but it worked, especially for 90p!

Sucre has a modern and middle to upper class vibe, especially because of the universities, bars and art scene, though you are quickly reminded of the desperate poverty that affects many people in Bolivia as you walk the streets. We did have unfortunate experience where a man grabbed my wrist and also Eleanor's bag while we were walking down the street. We both batted him away and continued walking and were just left a bit shaken with no other harm done.

On our first day in Sucre we went to the Fancesa cement quarry, which is as close to Jurassic Park as you can get. In the quarry, workers found an astonishing number of dinosaur tracks left by a number of different dinosaurs, ranging from Auropods (long-necked dinos), Therapods (3-toed meat eaters), and Hadrosaurs (duck billed dinos). Some of the tracks were left by the largest dinosaurs to ever walk the earth, the Sauropods. The tracks found here form some of the longest continuous dinosaur tracks in the world. It was fascinating to see these prints and to learn that the tracks now appear going uphill because the tectonic plates pushed the earth upwards millions of years ago.

Later, we met up with the Danish couple, Peter and Anne-Mette, and we visited the popular Joyride Café for a viewing of the film, Pinochet, about the controversial detention of a Chilean General in England, while relaxing on sofas and ordering drinks from the bar. Afterwards, we had some cocktails and were later joined by an English couple and a Swiss girl called Rachel, who we met in Potosi. It was a nice night but the altitude made the drinks have a much more powerful effect than expected!

We visited many attractions in Sucre, including the Mirador where we looked over the beautiful city and also we visited exhibitions containing weavings from indigenous communities around the area. We loved Sucre and we could have easily spent a week there to experience the city further.   
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