Sweet, Bright Sucre

Sucre is a lady with secrets.

On the surface she looks pretty average.  Not ugly.  Just nothing special.

But get her to trust you and she will show you just how beautiful she can be.

Centered around a lovely square, all of Sucre´s buildings — no matter their purpose — contain an inner courtyard.  From churches to museums to simple cafes these inner sanctums are alluring, charming and seductive.

Sucre also has a surprising amount of colonial architecture, the most notable being it´s hanging balconies, as well as some charming parks and fabulous markets.  And like most Latin countries, Sucre´s main square is where everyone from kissing couples to protesting miners gather.  (There was a protest the last two days I was here, peaceful for the most part minus the occasional dynamite and fireworks.  It shut down the city´s public transportation system for a short spell but luckily Sucre is a warm and sunny place to be pleasantly grounded for a while)

The inner courtyards of Sucre

Courtyard at the lookout point above the city

Sucre from above

 

The most beautiful courtyard – and church – in Sucre: San Felipe Neri

View from the roof

Wooden hanging balcony


Parque Bolivar – with it´s mini Eiffel Tower

Parque Bolivar

Sucre´s lovely main square: Plaza 25 de Mayo

Plaza 25 de Mayo

Miners protesting in the main square

Market day

Would you buy meat that´s been sitting in the open air?

Sweets

Bolivia has more than 1,000 different types of potatoes

The city is also home to some of Bolivia´s best chocolate.  The clear winners for me were from Para Ti, which means ´´for you´´ in Spanish.  I even took a tour of the factory located outside of the city center, which ended up being short and not that informative, although the lady taking me around was very friendly.  And yes, I did buy lots of chocolate!   My personal favorites were orange-chocolate and a truffle of nuts and plum.  Yummy!!!

Chocolate is good with anything: quinoa, rice, almond or raisins

On Sunday, I went to the neighboring town of Tarabuco for their market, which is well-known for showcasing the different textiles from nearby local communities.  I didn´t buy anything (shocking, I know) but I did have lunch at a little joint that served up delicious local food and a dance show.

Market day in Tarabuco

Traditional dance show at lunch

I also visited the cemetery, which is quite a fancy affair.  In many South and Latin American countries, after a person has been deceased for one year, they dig up the remains and put it in a crypt.  Some of these are very personalized, with the person´s favorite items on display in miniature.

Sucre´s cemetery

Sucre is also where I met Georgina and Shawn — a couple traveling from Australia.  We hit it off from the start and decided to travel together for a spell, since we are heading in the same direction for the next two weeks or so.  They are fun, easy-going and great travel partners.  I suspect we will remain friends long after we part ways.

And boy, is the world small!  I also ran into Jane, John, Sharon and Tim — the older British folks who befriended me in Isla del Sol!

I also just have to give a shout-out to the owner of La Dolce Vita, the lovely guesthouse I stayed at in Sucre.  Jackie and her husband are French and they run a tight ship — which is a nice reprieve from the Bolivian masses.  The beds here were comfortable, the shower was hot, and the common area was relaxing and inviting.  One of my best accommodations in Bolivia!

Mishi: La Dolce Vita´s cat

 

 


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