Sucre itself is a beautiful city of whitewashed buildings, churches and leafy plazas
. Situated in a valley, surrounded by low mountains, it has a perfect spring like climate. On our second day here we met up with David and Christina and visited the dinosaur tracks a few kms out of town. Discovered in 1994 by workers from the local cement factory, this is the world´s largest collection of dinosaur tracks. Unfortunately some of the best tracks were lost a few years ago when part of the rockface collapsed. It was still a worthwhile trip though and there was a small and interesting museum and full scale models of various dinos to look at.
Tomorrow we leave for Uyuni, gateway to the wilderness area of Salar de Uyuni and Reserva Eduardo Avaroa.
The journey from Samaipata to Sucre was probably the worst we have yet experienced. It was a 12 hour night bus but the seriously bumpy road, overcrowded bus (people were sleeping in the aisle), smelly passengers, and crawling cockroaches meant that sleep was all but impossible! At about 2 am the bus infront of us broke down, blocking the single track road ahead, meaning we had to wait for an hour while the bus was repaired. We arrived in Sucre the next morning feeling pretty frazzled and so were all the more pleased when we got to our accommodation and found that it was by far the most luxurious place we have stayed in South America. We are staying at Casa al Tronco, a small guesthouse run by a German anthropologist and his Bolivian wife. There are only three guest bedrooms and we have the best one, a huge room with a curved bay window looking out over the whole of Sucre. On the floor above is a fully equipped modern kitchen and a large balcony complete with deck chairs. Nice!