A view of tranquil, beautiful Sucre
Left La Paz and arrived in Sucre, the other disputed capital of Bolivia. Sucre is a very different place, clearly much smaller and without the hectic but fantastic markets. Yet it has the benefits of being much more relaxed, with less traffic and much better opportunities to appreciate the interesting colonial architecture. And it has parks and places to walk and get away from it all, something I never quite encountered in La Paz.
Apart from some beautiful buildings, including the impressive supreme national court, and the views over the city, there is one very interesting museum I managed to visit.
A traditional weaver working in the interesting Textiles Museum
This was the Museum of Ethnic Textiles and set out to explain the importance of the traditional weaving which is possible to see everywhere in Bolivia. The museum was trying to promote the importance of continuing the many-centuries old tradition of weaving using complicated techniques to create typical patterns. Particularly interesting was a description and display of the objects used by weavers to ask the gods (seemingly a bizare mixture of traditional sun and moon gods with the Virgin Mary added in for good measure) for luck and inspiration for their forthcoming weave. This included many of the objects that had been on sale in the La Paz witches market, and was focused around our old friend the dried llama foetus!
The next day I had some time to kill before taking a bus to nearby Potosi, so decided to take the ´Dino Truck´ to a site not far out of town where dinosaur footprints had been found.
A replica dinosaur grazing in the hills above Sucre!
This turned out to be a mistake, although thankfully being in Bolivia it was not an expensive one! The ´tour´simply took us to the gates of the dinosaur park that had been created, rather than actually show us the actual footprints. And this turned out to be because the area near the footprints had been declared too dangerous to go near, so the only view was through telescopes a hundred metres away, or in my case through the excellent zoom in my camera. However, I´m in no way convinced that these are necessarily dinosaur footprints at all. I´m no expert, but they look fairly human to me, but see what you think from the photo!
Apart from that the main attraction of this odd park, set in a former quarry, are the life-size replicas of dinosaurs they have built in a sort of Jurassic Park style only these aren´t alive and certainly didn´t attack the irritating kids that were all around.
Some of the models are reasonably impressive, especially the really big one (pictured, no idea what its called), but we´d been given 2 hours to look at something that should really take 20 minutes. So after wasting time eating an icecream I discovered a room where they were showing the BBC´s Walking With Dinosaurs (in English)! Excellent, a little bit of home-life to enjoy, and the best thing there (along with decent views of the disused mine and across the city)!