Time is drawing to a close here in Potosi, which is quite appealing as at this altitude breathing is still quite laboured with the least of exertions, not withstanding a weeks domicile to acclimatise ( How those athletes in the Mexico Olympics managed is baffling) . Next destination Sucre, lies lower in altitude at an elevation of 2,810 meters (9,214 feet) which will provide welcome relief. Sucre, is also larger in population (247,300 in 2006). In 1839, Sucre was declared the Capital of Bolivia by Jose Miguel de Valasco. Potosi’s declining silver trade funnelled through Sucre initiated the removal of the Sucre as Capital to La Paz in 1898.

 

View of Sucre from the Recoleta.

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Students in fancy dress for the parade.

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Downtown Sucre.

 

27.06.15 Came down to Sucre mid afternoon and took a balcony table  at La Plaza overlooking the square where fireworks, a cacophony of bands were playing their hearts out to celebrate the last day of the university year. Celebrations will go on until 23:00 tonight. No evidence of alcohol or its misuse, empirically at odds with the Western European  experience.image

Takubamba Hostel

Takubamba Hostel

Can recommend the Takubamba hostel in Sucre. Though in the throws of refurbishment, it has a developing ambiance in its art, its ambiance and its proximity to the town centre.

 

Sucre capital de Bolivia” by Micah MacAllen from Travel Bums, Latin America – Imagen 033. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

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