Leaving La Paz to get to Sucre was certainly eventful. With our bus scheduled to leave at 8pm we arrived at 7:30pm to get the tickets sorted without rushing. Once settled on the bus and about a 30 minute wait the commotion started. It turned out that en route to Sucre, in Potosi, there was a protest road block which is a very common way to protest in South America. Because of this road block the bus company was deciding whether to take a 4 hour detour or quite simply cancel the bus. We’re still unsure how a single road block 8 hours away from la Paz could make them think of only these two solutions. So whilst the decision was ongoing everyone got asked to get on and off the bus several times, heated conversations were had between us the passengers and the bus company, we were told not to give the driver any money if he asked and we were told the service was cancelled twice before them changing their minds. Very eventful with Stu getting in on the angry protests (obviously still some remnants of living in France in him). In the end we set off at 10pm along the detoured route making the journey 13 hours instead of 9. Sadly this was not the end though.
At 7am with our crazy driver going around corners too fast he managed to burst two rear tyres with a big popping sound to wake us up properly. Of course this was a good excuse for the whole bus to empty and watch the drivers get to work at replacing the wheels. However, they only had 1 spare tyre for the whole bus, so with one tyre still flat we slowly drove along to the closest village and gave the local mechanic a job. To fix the rim he had to hammer it back into place, sort a new tyre out and off we went again. Another hour delayed but quite funny nonetheless.
Around lunchtime we arrived in Sucre and went straight to our hostel. We’d booked two nights in a hostel with a lovely garden as we knew we would want to chill out in Sucre and with it being warm and sunny this was the perfect hostel. We ended up extending our stay as the hostel as Sucre turned out to be amazing.
So after dropping our bags in our dorm and a quick shower we walked a few blocks into town to get some lunch and have a bit of an explore for a couple of hours. We had a lovely Thai set menu for about £2.50 each, then the rest of our day was spent in the supermarket, relaxing in the garden, cooking dinner and enjoying some lovely Bolivian red wine.
The morning of our second day we attempted to get to the castle on the outskirts of Sucre, however with many attempts of finding the public bus and asking locals we eventually gave up. Instead we spent the morning walking around Sucre admiring the white buildings and having coffee in Parque Simon Bolivar.
Later we made our way up to Recoleta which is situated a steep walk from the centre, this is a beautiful square and surrounding area where a lot of the local children were playing and adults sitting.
The Museo de Arte Indigena was in this area so we walked around the small museum looking at indigenous art, music and artefacts. Although this was a very small museum they had booklets describing every piece in English and in very thorough detail. You could spend the whole day walking around and reading every single piece of information. After the museum we sat in a cafe overlooking the whole of Sucre watching the sun set.
For our final day in Sucre we caught up on some much needed writing and not so interesting admin. It was a very hot day so we sat in the garden mostly with a few trips into the centre. Our main activity was eating Arepas, which if you read our Cartagena post you will know we LOVE!
With some much needed rest it was time to start our 3 day adventure across the Bolivian Salt Flats! Stay tuned for the next post and a lot of cool pictures.