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Sugar and Salt – Sucre and Uyuni

semi-overcast 12 °C

After the frenetic chaos of La Paz we looked forward to the tranquility of the colonial city of Sucre. The city was founded by the Spaniards in 1538 and was built in the Andalusian style. Many of the elegant 16th Century buildings remain and have been well preserved...
Like most Spanish colonial buildings our hotel had a beautiful inner courtyard and a fairly austere exterior abutting the street...
The city's central square is particularly attractive with its gardens of palms and hibiscus trees and wide well-kept walkways ..
Surrounding the square are the city's cathedral and many goverment offices...
Sucre is obviously a very peaceful place – usually. But it is Carnaval time and the peace was shattered by numerous amateur bands as they marched around the city attempting to out blow the competition...
Each band was accompanied by a motley group of supporters armed with water pistols who exchanged fire with the onlookers who lined the route. More serious opponents threw buckets of water from balconies onto the musicians in an attempt to drown the noise – great fun was had by all...
Our time in the 'sweet' city of Sucre was curtailed due to weather conditions that delayed our arrival by almost a day and we wished we'd had more time. However, our next flight to visit the World's most extensive salt flat in Uyuni was on time – though the plane was worryingly small for flying across the Andes...
The small town of Uyuni could be plausibly used as a set for a spaghetti western. The only thing missing from its wide dusty streets is a gringo on horseback. Uyuni's clock tower in the centre of town is sweet enough...
But the rest of the place is as salty as the surrounding salinas. The town is a major stopping point for the many long-distance buses that ferry tourists from the Atacama Desert in Chile to La Paz. It's a haven for backpackers - offering cheap beds, cheap food and cheap booze. Dinner for two, including beer, for $14 (Cdn.).
The Uyuni salt flats are picturesque when the sun shines – will we be lucky tomorrow when we venture out for a tour? Time will tell.

Posted by Hawkson 16:15 Archived in Bolivia

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Well this city does look edible.

by Janet Vickers

Definitely a full range of experience from your last posting. How are your ears?

by Sue Fitzwilson

I’d wager your luck will hold. Sucre looks fabulous. And the clock is charming too.

by Tom Whalley

I am hoping you are doing more than a day tour as the landscape and wildlife beyond the salt flats is outstanding! Either way it will be an experience!

by Maxine Stewart

You left out motorcyclists. I note the BMW Dakar poster in the last frame. Ideal bike for those roads.

by R and B

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