Sucre, la ciudad blanca – Bolivia

Sucre is “la ciudad blanca” – the white city. All buildings in the center are white and nice, and it makes quite a hip impression: Cool cafés and restaurants, modern shops, some of which sell products (clothes, jewelry, furniture) that are stylish but contain elements of traditional fabricates and patterns.

It’s a place to just stroll around the streets and check it out. I found an awesome veggie restaurant that offers a menu del día – a different one each day. Quinoa soup, potato based local dishes, spicy salsa, self made juices like apple or sesame coco, creamy desserts. In the end I knew all the staff. That all for around 4 to 5 dollars. Additional to that they have a chocolate store chain, Para Ti, where you can buy all sorts of tasty stuff (quinoa chocolate) and also get very tasty brocheta de los frutas – fruits covered in hot chocolate sauce. I went there every day.

The very first thing I did in Sucre was going to a hair dresser. Apparently the city is quite known for its beauty and spa services and there were dozens of peluquerías (hair salons). I got my hair cut by Jaime Solis Soria. It was lots of fun and he did a nice job. In the afternoon I went for a run in 2800 metres a.s.l. and in the evening I had a cocktail and a glas of wine at the Café Gourmet. It’s located at the Mirador de Recoleta and offers stunning views over the city and a tranquil atmosphere.

Besides some museums, like the Casa de la Libertad, Sucre is also known for its “Parque Cretácio” – the cretaceous park. Why cretaceaus? Because it’s the world’s larges palentological site, where you can see actual dinosaur footprints in a limestone cliff. There are around 12.000 dinosaur tracks of 8 different species, including a medium sized carnivore. For me it was a must to see that and I found it very impressive. The footprints came into being when 68 million years ago the animals went for a drink to the lake, in the mud. Layers and layers of subsequent sedimentation preserved the the steps we can now admire near Bolivia’s capital. Pretty amazing!

One more things about museums here. They always offer guided tours, no matter if it’s just a church, or the dino park, if you’re alone or in a group. As far as I can judge the tour guides are very motivated and passionate about the stories they have to tell what increases the value a lot – especially if you speak Spanish. They involve the visitors in conversation and manage to explain things in an interesting and entertaining way. Much much better then I had ever experienced it. You can tell they do their job with pride – be it about Bolivia’s independence, the history of minting, the silver mines or their beautiful nature.

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