Sucre - our detour

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The dinosaur footprints

Arrived after our first overnight bus from La Paz at around 7am! Found a hostal and got some breakfast (bumping into someone we met on the bus). Spent the morning wandering around the city - it is really beautiful like Europe really all the buildings are painted white and there are lots of pretty streets. Tried to get into various of the churches and cathedral...but they were all shut (and seemed to be the whole time we were there!!). Sucre is the chocolate capital of Bolivia, so we felt obliged to sample some - yummy! Got the DINOTOUR truck, a crazy red and yellow lorry with seats on the back to the cement mine just outside of town. While extracting cement the workers came across dinosaur footprints - the site is the largest site of its kind in the world.

Sucre

The next day we wandered some more around Sucre, found a park with a miniture Eiffel tower and a quad bike race track...heard a brass band and followed the music to a procession/wedding march/strange dancing in the road with cars decorated in material and spoons..! In our hostal there was a sign asking for volunteers at an orphanage, so in the afternoon we headed out to investigate. When we arrived we were told to come back a bit later so we went and sat looking at the view over the city, while we were sat there an old man bought us each an icecream - attracting the old ones now too!!! Back at the orphanage, there were 4 other volunteers (one of them knows your brother Emma Garlick!) and we helped to get the babies up after their afternoon nap...fed, changed and played with them (and yes one of them puked on claire.

The crazy procession..
..twice!). There were around 20 babies and toddlers, and also around 30 3-6 year olds. We also played with the older kids, who were crazy to say the least! In the evening we went out to a bar called JoyRide. The evening started very sedatedly...but by the end there was dancing on the tables, bar staff in afros and lots of Capriahnas drunk...bumped into someone we met in Cusco (scary how often that happens!!).

Our third day in Sucre started rather painfully....an 8am start to go to Tarabuco a village about an hours drive (through beautiful landscape) away to go to the market. Although touristy there were alot of locals there, all dressed in their traditional dress which seemed to vary we assume between communities. There was one lady their with a chicken in her cloth back sling thing (normally has babies or potatoes in it!!) which she promptly killed in the middle of the square to sell onto another woman who shoved it in her shoulder bag!      

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The dinosaur footprints
The dinosaur footprints
Sucre
Sucre
The crazy procession..
The crazy procession..
Sucre
Sucre
Sucre
photo by: AndySD