Sparky Travels

March 29, 2011


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Waking up in Potosi on the 27th of March, Rick and I joined a group of fellow travellers from our hostel in getting a bus to Sucre. These were Jake, Liam (both Australian), Lara (Swiss), Mia and Marie (both Danish). We arrived in Sucre, the previous capital of Bolivia a few hours later after a rickity bus ride and spent some time trying to find a hostel with space for all seven of us. In the end we plumped for three private rooms in Hostal San Francisco. A nice, clean hotel close to the central plaza with a lovely courtyard.DSC02370

We walked round town to see what was going down (not much) and went for drinks overlooking the Plaza. The buildings in the plaza and surrounds are all bright white, prompting Sucre’s nickname of the White City. Dinner was in a French restaurant that wouldn’t look out of place in any western city, La Taverna. The food was excellent and though expensive for Bolivia was less than £5 per person. I had the Chateaubriand steak which was cooked to perfection. We were all stuffed and looking forward to our comfortable beds so had an early night.


We started our first full day in Sucre with breakfast in a nice cafe called Florin. I ordered the Pan Bapao, which was a bit of an mystery based on the menu’s description. When it came I was surprised to see an excellent version of the Asian steamed buns I enjoyed so much. So tasty I ordered another one.

The only attraction Sucre seems to offer is a Dinosaur Park just out of town. It is based at a quarry where dinosaur footprints were discovered traversing the quarry wall. The boys weren’t up for it so the three girls and I caught the Dino Bus there. On the way we met Livia, a Swiss girl who joined us for the trip. The Dino Park was pretty modern but not exactly a must see attraction. The dinosaur footprints were relatively interesting and our guide was full of enthusiasm, even if he couldn’t impress the dozen non-plussed Israelis also on our tour.

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Afterwards, the four girls and I ended up at a local teashop in the centre of Sucre for tea and various Bolivian cakes. Not a very manly pursuit, but very tasty.


We met the boys, went for dinner in another nice restaurant and then drinks in a bar called Bibliocafe. It was pretty quiet, but the 8 of us provided plenty of business.


We returned to Cafe Florin for a late breakfast on the 29th and then set about gathering supplies for our next destination, Katalla EcoLodge. We’d been told about this place by people in Potosi and it sounded like a perfect little place. Situated 10km outside Sucre, it is a small hostel set in the country with individual cabins. We were picked up in two groups by the guy who worked there and taken on the bumpy track to Katalla.

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