03 November 2011

sucre, bolivia


Here's a quick look at Sucre, Bolivia.   Our bus ride in from Potosi:



We had the good fortune of staying with my partner's childhood friend's aunt, who happens to live alongside the Peruvian consulate.  Nice.

Here's a peek.



Our charming room and view:



Sucre is known as the white city, and it's easy to see why.


The brightly colored buses and cars are a great pop of color in front of all the white buildings.





We explored the easily walkable downtown and were impressed with the architecture.  Sucre is important and historical, but it is not big, so these buildings were unexpected.




And it's funny that while the soldiers look different now (and don't usually have guitars on hand), the cholitas look exactly the same now, from the hats, full skirts and braided hair to the cloth wrapped around their shoulders.


Sucre has the best salteñas in Bolivia, and the best ones can be had here.  Los Abuelos Empanadas.  They are amazing.  And yes, you have to either have Coke, Sprite or Fanta with them.  It's the only way.


They let you wander around their courthouse building, which is also white and beautiful.



There's a random little Eiffel Tower you can climb outside in the park:


This is one of the most famous churches in Sucre because the Virgin Mary is covered in precious gems and stones (diamonds, emeralds, pearls, etc.):



And they let you climb into the towers of other churches to get a view of the city:




In Bolivia, your transportation choices are often a 20-hour bus ride up and down winding mountain roads or a 20-minute flight, so my partner and I decided to splurge on one of these hopper flights.  We thought the low-tech baggage weighing system was pretty awesome.


And with a little time to spare before our flight, we wandered outside and found a dinosaur pay phone.  Rar.  I mean, Hello?


And then we were off to the last segment of our Bolivia trip: to Copacabana, where my partner was baptized, along the shores of Lake Titicaca.