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Sucre - constitutional capital of Bolivia

BOLIVIA | Wednesday, 26 August 2009 | Views [2118]

shoe repairman on the street

shoe repairman on the street

Costs pp: Bus from Samaipata 70Bs, Micro to town 1.5Bs, Mat room Alojamiento Urus 40Bs (2ppl), Dinosaur park tour 45Bs

We purchased our bus tickets to Sucre in Samaipata, bad mistake. If you are travelling here buy your ticket in Santa Cruz for 40Bs. We were charged 90Bs each because we were foriegners, and after complaining in the Sucre terminal we ended up getting a refund of 20Bs each. The trip was mostly on dirt roads and in the morning we found we were travelling on road in the middle of a huge riverbed.

We headed to the town centre and took a while to find a reasonable place to stay. The city is pretty, but full of beggars. We have found that the more churches a city has, the more prevalent the beggars are. Does this mean the Catholic church breeds poverty? Sucre is full of churches.

Kent got his foot attacked by hundreds of tiny bitey ants while in Rurrenabaque, and his foot swelled for a few days, then went down. On the bus he was bitten again, and this time his leg swelled as well. Carol thought it was quite sexy, muscles at last, but it was very itchy and painful to walk about on. We found a hospital, where the doctor (15Bs) prescribed a jab in the butt of antihistemine/corticosteroid. We had to purchase this from the pharmacy (including the syringe and needle 15Bs) and go to the nurse for the jab. After a day the swelling subsided.

One of the mornings we walked up to a mirador (viewing point) and looked out over the city then in the afternoon we went to see the dinosaur tracks catching a tourist truck (15b) from the main plaza and out to the cement works where they have a huge limestone wall with lots of 'dinosaur tracks' on it. We could find nothing to say that these footprints have been verified so unsure whether or not it's real.

Next to the wall (which was actually quite a distance away and has to be viewed through binoculors) is a museum (30b) filled with lifesize models of most of the well known Cretateous period. Most of these we have seen before except for the lifesize Titanosaurus which was a bit mindboggling and the only thing there really worth seeing (Kent is standing under it in the photo above).

We extended our visas at immigration with no hassle, not that we will use the extra days but just in case. A new food here is pizza cooked in a small brick oven on the street, they must heat the bricks before heading out then you choose your 8" pizza wrapped and they unwrap it, put it in the oven and hey presto dinner for 7b.


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