Sucre was probably one of the highlights of Bolivia for us. It’s a really pretty whitewashed colonial city with a warm and sunny climate (and it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site). We stayed at Casa de Huéspedes San Marco (80 BOB) which had wifi but that’s really the only good thing I can say about it. Let’s just say it’s a voyeurs dream. Moving on! Sucre’s main plaza, Plaza 25 de Mayo, is a great spot to while away some time just watching life go by. On one side of the park lies the Cathedral which is nearly the size of an entire city block. Massive! We visited Sucre’s market and it was absolutely fantastic. There’s amazing fresh produce, really friendly stall owners (we got a free apple. Result!) and lots of food spots upstairs. We didn’t try the food upstairs but there were hundreds of people chomping away. There’s also a couple of supermarkets which we got really excited about since we hadn’t seen one since Cusco. SAS is a brand new supermarket (which also has a cinema above it) down Calle Juan José Perez (about 3 blocks down from the main plaza). Sucre is chockerblocked full of chocolate shops (pardon the pun. I actually think they might have a diabetes problem!).
Cafés-wise, Abi’s, on the main plaza, and Abi’s Patio, about three blocks further down are Belgian/Bolivian owned have really good Belgian chips and mayonnaise (and wifi which is hard to come by in Bolivia). The Belgian owner is a lovely chap too which always helps. We had breakfast a couple of times in Condor Café (also a tour agency). The muesli was delicious and wifi strong enough. Dutch-owned Florín (pub) was a good spot for a catch up with our lovely Dutch friends, Dorianne and Sam. They have a really tasty apple crumble here and they also brew their own beers but they actually had like two options out of a large menu. We stayed so long here one evening we got locked out of our hostel. John had to bang on the door for about 20 minutes before we had any joy. Fecking midnight curfew, come on!
Parque Bolivar is Sucre’s largest park and a worthwhile stop if you want to sit and chill for a while. It’s about a ten minute walk downhill from the main plaza and is full of playing children, ice-cream sellers and dogs. It’s overlooked by the stunning Supreme Court of Bolivia and the park includes a climbing frame Eiffel Tower which is cute for kiddies.
We took a micro bus (1.50 BOB) to the Parque Cretácico (from the back of the market) to see the world’s largest collection of actual dinosaur footprints. It was a bit expensive, 30 BOB for foreigners (10 BOB for Bolivians) plus 5 BOB to take photographs. Not enjoying this paying extra for photos malarkey – like you’re going to come here and not take pictures? They police the hell out of it too. The footprints are actually out across the way from the parque (which has a one room museum too) so it looks like the dinosaurs were climbing up the walls; in actuality the shifts in tectonic plates have pushed the ground upright. Perfect for viewing though! There is supposed to be a tour included but they decided against it on our visit as there was a smattering of rain. I mean smattering too. I’d like to send them to Ireland for just one day!
Next stop: Back to Potosí to get to Uyuni and the Salar de Uyuni or Salt Flats