After our Uyuni salt flats tour we headed straight for our 4 hour bus ride to Potosi, one of the highest cities on Earth – 4090m above sea level.
For such a short drive (4 hours, 40 BOB pp.) we didn’t bother with a fancy tourist bus, we went ‘local’. As there are no toilets, the driver stops occasionally for a bathroom break if people ask him to – simply at the side of the road 😂, so be ready at all time. I had been mentioned that before so I purposedly didn’t drink too much beforehand^^.
Considering the altitude it was really cold, however not winter yet and so the budget hostels in Potosi did not have a working heating system…so I ended up sleeping in all my cloths layered up again 😉.
The city in itself was actually nicer than what we expected and heard beforehand. Usually tourists come here only to visit the active silver mines of the Cerro Rico. We didn’t feel too much like doing it, considering that about an estimate of 8 millions people died in there extracting silver and gold for the Spaniards conquerors…so we rather spent time in town. Wandering through the streets, getting lost in the markets and doing people watching. As in most South American towns you have a major square – in this case Plaza de 10 de Noviembre – with the main cathedral and important buildings such as the Casa de la Moneda or the town hall. It was a really pleasant stroll, watching the locals on a busy Saturday.
After a one night stay in Potosi we made our way to Sucre. Another 2 1/2 h drive ( which ended up being alnost 4). In order to catch the bus from Potosi to Sucre we took a collectivo (1 BOB pp) at the Plaza de 10 de Noviembre to the Nueva Terminal (there are 2, the old one and new one). It is quite far, so no worries (we actually kept wondering if we’re fine but the driver kept telling us it’s further so we just trusted him). The bus was 20BOB pp and the road is quite curvy but as the bus is slow it was fine and nobody got sick^^.
Sucre is a former colonial town where a lot of travellers stay a while to relax, enjoying the mild climate and laid back atmosphere. We’d soon be part of them and also stayed longer than foreseen: 9 nights, our lenghtiest stopover up to date.
Sucre is indeed a nice colonial town with spring-like temperatures, a big park and a very green ‘Plaza de armas’. There isn’t a lot to do but stroll through the town and visit churches but I can see why a lot of people end up staying a while. It’s cheap, there are a lot of restaurants and cafes with more or less well working Wi-Fi, cheap eateries ( particulary a Venezuelian arepa places called Bienmesable), gyms accessible by the day, Spanish courses etc, etc… I ended up spending quite some time for a Google online certificate I was going to take and Randy didn’t mind relaxing at our guesthouse. It was nice to have a little break as since the beginning of our tour we had been moving quite fast (all the countries then had been pretty expensive also). We didn’t do much, basically nothing in fact and ended up staying 9 days which in hindsight might have been a little exaggerated as we’re missing a few days in our planning now, but sometimes you just have to slow down.
I’ll leave you with a few pictures – even though we didn’t do too much sightseeing – and will be back soon with La Paz!