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View of La Paz after take off

I decided to take the easy option and fly from La Paz to Sucre, rather than the 15 hour bus ride.  I managed to get a flight with Aerosur (www.aerosur.com) for $78 (£50), and Steve and Becs joined me on the flight.  We got a taxi from the city to El Alto airport (fixed price, Bs50) and luckily everything went according to plan and our 11.30am flight was ontime.

We boarded our 727-200 and I soon realised that it was a pretty old plane.  The take-off was a bit rattly and I soon had sweaty palms as we didn't seem to increasing our altitude much as we swung back over La Paz.  the view was awesome, but a bit close for comfort!  We cruised at the same altitude as the 6000m mountains for at least 15 minutes, which as far as I'm aware is below the usual level!  My mind was temporarily diverted by the air stewardesses, who had a rather bizarre uniform of purple and green which included hot-pants.

..nice!  We were served a quick snack and as the flight was only 45 minutes, soon in descent towards Sucre.  The landing again had me nervous as hell, I was sure we were going to crash as it appeared we came down far too fast....we literally bounced down the runway and ended up only about 5 metres from the end of the runway....phew, boy was I glad to get off that plane!  We were also greeted by a bizarre welcoming party, who were in place for the South American Women's football championships taking place in Sucre, and evidently the trophy was just arriving...we felt like mini-celebrities!

We got a taxi into the centre (Bs25/£2.50/$3.50) and went to a hostel that I'd seen online, Cruz de Popayan.  It fitted perfectly into the whitewashed colonial streets and had a nice laid back feel about it, although I have to say the staff didn't endear themselves to me.

Steve & his lovely chicken soup!
 Steve, Becs and I went out for a wander and took in the main plazas and generally chilled out having coffee.  This was the order of the day after La Paz and was how I spent both my days here.  There are some great little cafes and restaurants (including an odd chinese called Shanghai, which served up chicken soup including feet!!) such as Florin and Joyride which have the right mix of locals and gringos.  Steve stayed on to test out the nightlife, while I made my move to get to Potosi...

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View of La Paz after take off
View of La Paz after take off
Steve & his lovely chicken soup!
Steve & his lovely chicken soup!
Steves sense of direction wasnt …
Steve's sense of direction wasn't…
The trophy and welcome party at Su…
The trophy and welcome party at S…
Plaza 25 de Mayo
Plaza 25 de Mayo
View from the Mirador
View from the Mirador
Sucre
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