Sweet Sucre

Trip Start Feb 07, 2006
Trip End Aug 07, 2006

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Monday, May 1, 2006

Make sure to check out Andrea's Travel Blog for more stories and photos of our trip!

Into Civilization, kind of.

After Potosi, we headed to Sucre, the capital of Bolivia. Sucre was located several thousand meters lower than Potosi. As the bus wound its way down the switchbacks to the lower land, the landscape changed from barren deserts to lush tree filled fields. The air was easier to breathe here and it was clear that this town was much richer than the others we had visited.

We drove by the occasional mansion, complete with pools and very nice houses on the way in. This was nothing like the extreme poverty we had seem in other cities.

The street corners were all filled with beggars, a sure sign that locals here weren't as poor as Potosi and Uyuni where we hadn't seen a single beggar.

After we arrived we bumped into several travelers we had seen before and caught up before going for a long walk through the city up to a look out point. From the look out the red tiled roofs of the houses gave the city a clean prosperous feel. Hardly the tin or straw roofs we had seen elsewhere.

Luc the Sicky

I hadn't been sick in a while so I guess it was my turn. Unfortunately, it started on my birthday. I had been having cramps along with a few others from our tour in Uyuni for a few days but on the 1st of May, my guts exploded.

In the middle of the night I woke up to begin a full day of fever, diarrhea and vomiting. We later found out Corina, the Swiss girl from our tour was just as sick in the room next to us which pretty much confirmed our suspicions that it must have been something we ate on our tour.

Dinosaurs that walk up walls

When I felt good enough to leave the room we jumped on the DinoTruck and headed out to a cement quarry near Sucre. Several years before, the workers had been blowing up rocks as they do and stumbled onto the largest fossilized dinosaur footprint site in the world!

The quarry's wall was massive. In prehistoric days it was a river bed but was flipped on its side over time. The very well-preserved dinosaur tracks, now vertical, walked as far as the eye could see. The river mud had preserved them over the years. It was pretty neat especially having visited when we did. The site was very basic. The guide used plastic dino toys to show us what the dinosaurs looked like as cement truck continued their work. Work in the cement factory went on even though the quarry was now a UNESCO protected site!

We were told that only 2 weeks later, it would be impossible to walk into the quarry and that visitors would only be allow to view the foot print using binoculars from the other side of the valley.

We could see why. The footprints were very fragile and the guide encouraged us to touch them and have our photos taken with them something which surely didn't help to protect them.

I realized this as I put my hand inside a foot print to have a photo taken and the mud started crumbling! I could imagine that only a few more photos and the footprint would be gone.

It was especially bad to see some Australian tourist kick up his foot into the footprint to compare sizes and take a photo which caused a ton of mud to fall off.

It was a good thing that there was only 2 weeks worth of tourist left before the footprints would be finally preserved!
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