22/06 - 28/06
We arrived at 6am in Sucre and waited in the bus terminal for Annabelle to secure her bus ticket to Villazon. We then caught the local bus down the hill into town and Annabelle lead the way to the hostel she had stayed in previously (Wasi Mass which means my friend's home in Quechua). Not only did the hostel offer an hour free Spanish lesson per day but also provided breakfast and a 3 course lunch for only B$69 per night. As our special would only start the next day, we showered, threw down our bags and went to the local market for breakfast.
We were still a little peckish so we headed downstairs and waited in the locals' favourite saltenas line... We had to see how these compare to the ones we had in Santa Cruz!
One of the initiatives the government is running is to take previous street children, train them on the rules of the road and employ them as Zebra crossing assistants.
This hostel/restaurant/bar screens films every evening on the top floor.
After lunch we went to meet a friend of Annabelle's who was sketching portraits in the park. We watched her at her craft for a while and once she had completed her masterpiece, she took us up the Prefectuar de Chuquisaca State Government building which is said to have the best view in town.
Sucre is known as the most beautiful city in Bolivia and is the symbolic heart of the nation. It consists of whitewashed buildings with red tiled roofs and in the old city the buildings are only allowed to be a maximum of 3 storeys high.
It was for these reasons that the old quarter was declared a Unesco World Heritage site in 1991.
From this vantage point it was easy to see where the boundary to the old quarter was as it was evidenced by skyscrapers loitering on the edge.
Along the walkway up to the park entrance were these information plaques which gave the history of the development of the world.
JZ took us around and gave us some of the history behind the dinosaurs and the footprints that were fossilised in this area.
The park was filled with models of some of the dinosaur species and JZ gave us some information as we walked around.
There was a cute children's playground, kitted out with dinosaur inspired play things... We just had to investigate.
The flag of Argentina was first used as a symbol of separateness from Spain until they designed their own one. Here lies the original flag used for the purpose and a replica of what it once looked like in its original form.