A beautiful city with beautiful people
21.05.2012 - 21.06.2012 19 °C
We headed for Sucre after one night in Uyuni. We had to get a bus from Uyuni to Potosi which is a small mining town just south of Sucre. Some people decided to stop off there for a night or two to visit the mines, but myself and Maureen decided to catch a bus from here straight to Sucre. We got to Sucre relatively late at night so didnt see much of the city until the next day.
Sucre is the capital of Bolivia, although everyon thinks it is La Paz. In my opinion it is one of the lovliest cities i have visited so far. Its much smaller than any capitals i have been to previously. They have a government rule that all white buildings have to be white washed once a year and neon signage is forbidden on resturants and businesses alike. It was so clean and every morning they have cleaners washing down the statues and monuments of all of the plazas in the city as ell as the floors.
We visited a cafe on one of our first evenings, called Cafe Mirador. It was up a steep hill, which over looked the city, luckily we timed it just right and saw the sunset over the city which was incredible.
It wasnt as i imagined Bolivia to be atall. I was pleasantly surprised. The locals were very friendly. The hostel, Pachamama, was nice too. It was a short walk form the centre of town, and right next to the Mercardo Central. This is where local woman sell fruit, veg, bread, herbs and spices and then meat, where they skin, cut and pack right in front of you. The smell isnt very pleasant and they charge "gringo" prices if your clearly not a Bolivian. But nevertheless it is a great way to do your shopping for meals, it still works out pretty cheap if you buy in bulk and from one stall as they regulary do you deals. Which is what we found when we bought dinner for a birthday celebration on one of the nights.
I played football with the guys from the hostel and local Bolivian teenagers, we played for about 2 hours, but as myself and Maureen were the only girls playing the boys started to get a bit competitive so we decided to leave them to it!
There was some sort of parade going on, on our last day here, where all the schools and local communties got together. They all wore their relative uniforms and bands were playing, all sorts of instruments. There was such a ahppy vibe here it was great, and made the 4 days we were so much more enjoyable.
I loved Sucre and was sad to be leaving, but we had La Paz to visit, so onto the next city, my 8th in just under a month......