Views of Sucre

As I stated in a prior post, I lived in Sucre for somewhere around a month. There was so much to share, that I had to break it up. This post will be dedicated to the balance of images and thoughts of the city that made me feel at home. Simon Bolivar Park Aside from being the place where I ran and having my favorite fountain, Simon Bolivar park also had an Eiffel tower. Here’s the really weird part about it. It really is an Eiffel. Gustave Eiffel designed this tower as well. It is not a replica of the Eiffel tower in France however. As you can see one can climb this tower which the children love. It is located right smack in the middle of the park.  Plaza de Armas Plaza de armas was well taken care of. It had these enormous palms, manicured vegetation, a bunch of benches,…

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Maragua Hike – Day 3

Lying next to dinosaur prints

I packed up my tent, ate some breakfast, and Isabelle and I were off on our 3rd day of the Maragua hike. Since we had already walked part of the way yesterday we made quick work of the trail. There was less stopping for photos and we managed to beat the afternoon heat on the most difficult section. Today’s highlight would be seeing some dinosaur footprints in the area. Maragua Dinosaur Footprints We got to the site and were charged to view the prints. I didn’t mind that at all as I think one must leave something to preserve and protect these treasures but the guy charging tried to initially only give us one ticket for 2 people. That likely meant he was going to pocket the other fee. I insisted on the second ticket. This is unfortunately common here and you have to be astute to improve the odds that…

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Maragua Hike – Day 2

Day 2 started off by going to la garganta del diablo (the devil’s throat). It was a short hike from the hostel so we decided to visit it this morning before departing. La garganta del diablo (the devil’s throat) We headed back to the hostel to pick up our things to then set off. However, before that, a group shot with our host Carlos. He was a kind soul.  We set out but we would have a little bit of a hiccup today. Monika had been sick since last night and while she was a trooper and tried to hike out, she couldn’t. We decided that the best course for her would be to turn back and see if she could get transport out. After only a few hours into the hike that is exactly what we did. Luckily we were able talk a private shuttle into transporting our 3…

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The Maragua Crater Hike – Day 1

As I mentioned in my last post I met Isabelle in the Plaza while watching the dance festival. We got to talking, had lunch, and boom, I have a hiking partner for Maragua. During our planning dinner, some women at the next table overheard us and asked if they could join. A great group of 5 was formed. 🙂 We all took the local transport to the capilla de Chataquila. This is not the bus’s intended trajectory but we were let off there. On a side note… This bus ride was the first time I have ever seen livestock placed in the luggage compartment below us. Pigs, lambs, goats, and chickens were jumbled up below. You would hear them underneath you while sitting there. It was a little creepy. I felt really bad for them as I could just imagine the mess of animals sloshing around upon every hairpin turn. 🙁 Mid…

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Dancing in the streets of Sucre

I had been told about students practicing for a dance in Simon Bolivar park for an upcoming event. I stopped by a few times and witnessed some very good dancing. What I was not prepared for was the full breadth of dancing that would occur on the day of the main event. As I went into the plaza for a late breakfast, the crowd had already gathered and the people had begun to dance. Each town/municipality had different attire, and a different form of dance. That made it very entertaining as it was not the same thing throughout the whole event. I watched for a few minutes and quickly decided to get some food before coming back to enjoy the festivities. Here are some of the videos of the day’s event. I lasted several hours before I got hungry again. The rest of this post will have a ton of…

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