20.04.2012 - 22.04.2012 20 °C
After spending a couple of days in Potosí checking out the mines and the old city, it was time to get moving and we got on a bus to Sucre. We arrived sometime after dark and after an unsuccessful hostel hunt we crashed at an over-priced hotel telling ourselves we'd find something cheaper the next day. Obviously this never happened, and we spent the day drinking beer and questionable Bolivian style pre-mixed drinks on our roof top terrace instead.
We spent the whole day just lazing around and eventually hit one of Sucre's many bars, rumours had it the nightlife was supposed to be pretty good here.
Tom and Stu getting their dance on
The following morning we had a relatively slow start even for us, and didn't get up to much other than eating and playing cards. Faye and I checked out the local market which was fairly disappointing, and we decided we should probably make an effort to check out the rest of the city the next day.
Bolivia is a strange country in many ways, for instance it has two capitals; La Paz and Sucre. Sucre is the constitutional and official capital of the country while La Paz has more government departments and is therfore the "de facto" capital.
Chuquisaca Governorship on the main square
Sucre was founded in 1568 under the name Ciuadad de la Plata de la Nueva Toledo. In all the city has changed names four times eventually ending up named Sucre after General Antonio José de Sucre. Sucre attracts thousands of tourist each year due primarily to its wealth of well-preserved buildings from the 18th and 19th century. In 1991 it became an UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Sucre is the seat of the Roman Catholic Church in Bolivia, and you'll see your fair share of churches as well as members of religious orders dressed in different costumes milling about in the streets.
It is not only the many well-maintained old buildings that make Sucre a beautiful city, its setting is key. The city is surrounded by green hills and mountains at an altitude of 2750 m (9000 ft.) keeping the climate cool and pleasant most of the year, some would even say a little chilly....
We didn't spend much time in Sucre, it was more of a stop over on the way to La Paz, still the city had a lot more to offer than I expected. Good nightlife in beautiful surroundings, what more can you really ask for? Nevertheless, we needed to keep moving and after about three days in one of Bolivia's capitals we got back on the bus with the rest of our travel team. Time for another climb, next stop; La Paz