Breathless Potosi and Heritage listed Sucre

June 3, 2012 by Karen

Breathless Potosi and Heritage listed Sucre

Potosi sits at an altitude of 4090m. We recently spent three nights there in Koala Den Hostal recovering from our four day tour and taking it easy with the altitude. We decided not to go on a mine tour, especially after see the documentary The Devil’s miner.

 

Sucre is just beautiful, a heritage listed city in the south of Bolivia. We spent five nights at Hostal Casarte Tukubamba, a relatively new hostel about four blocks from the main plaza.

We just happened to arrive on the last day of the chocolate festival. We did sample two or three of the local chocolates on offer. It would have been rude not to!

This horse was made completely out of chocolate. You can’t see it but there was a stream of chocolate running down the rocks.

We were lucky enough to see a street parade celebrating Mothers’ day and the anniversary of the local market.

The highlight for us was Roberto and his Italian cafe. Run out of the bottom of his house, we had to ring the bell to get into the cafe. Roberto found us sitting on his door step two nights in a row at 6.45pm and welcomed us in with open arms. The menu was extensive with many homemade pastas. Nick also had the best tiramisu and lemon mousse of his life. Roberto is Italian and has been living in Sucre for 12 years with his Bolivian wife and two young girls. He was a wonderful host and sat at the table with us each night having a long chat, despite the fact he had many other customers. I told him we should let him go so he could attend to his customers and his response was……….Hey Estamos in Bolivia! Hey we are in Bolivia!

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Nick braved the local barber shop for a shave and sideburn trim. The barber was surprised Nick only wanted his sideburns done and not the rest of his curls.

He told me in Spanish that you need to be careful because here in Bolivia you could lose everything!

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Giving new meaning to a zebra crossing!

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We enjoyed the sights and sounds of the local market.

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