Cochabamba and Sucre

Trip Start Sep 22, 2010
Trip End Apr 20, 2011

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Sunday, November 7, 2010

The past week has been a very relaxing one. We travelled  first to Cochabamba from La Paz.  We didnīt do a lot, partly because of a public holiday closing everything but Burger King and the cinema, but did make it up in the cable car to see the biggest statue of Jesus in the world.  It is 44cm higher than the statue in Rio.

Our journey to Sucre was not a pleasant one.  The further south you get, the fewer facilities, like toilets, are available on buses.  This becomes a problem on an 11 hour journey.  Unfortunately we are faced with a similar ordeal tonight, but will soon be in Argentina where the bus seats recline, there are working toilets onboard and the locals donīt sleep in the luggage compartments and aisles. 

Sucre is a beautiful town (the UN agrees, having given it UNESCO world heritage status) and we were lucky to stay in an outstanding hostel with virtual power shower.  We have been a bit more touristy here, wondering around some of the sites including a miniature Eiffel tower built by Eiffel himself and the site Bolivia declared independence (first from the Spanish, later from Peru).  We also spent a day going first to the Dinosaur park, the highlight of which was a giant wall covered with Dinosaur footprints, and then hiking through the country side to some waterfalls.  The altitude, heat and steep uphills made it a harder stroll than we anticipated, and we were glad to get back to the hostel to rest.

Our next stop, Tupiza, is near to where Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid died.  The scenery is supposed to be spectacular and we are going to try horse riding.  We then cross the border to Argentina.

James and El
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