The morning we arrived in Sucre, we immediately set out to explore our new “home town” since we plan to stay here for one week. Well, we found ourselves in a place worlds apart from what we have seen so far of Bolivia. The city itself is beautiful with lots of bright white colonial architecture. It is so obvious that this place is much wealthier than other parts of Bolivia we have visited.
People dress differently, you see a lot less women in their traditional clothes here and the population is mostly Hispanics, a lot less “Indigenios” than in Lap Paz or other parts we have been to. Most of the traffic consists of private cars, many of them brand new, expensive SUVs, not the fleet of old, run down taxis, “collectivos” and minibuses producing dark clouds of exhaust fumes like elsewhere.
There are lots of nice parks and one of them, the “Parque Libertator Simon Bolivar”, offers particular fun stuff. On Sunday morning, we walked through there and watched the local families take their children for pleasure rides on little vehicles or on horses.
Soon afterwards, we joined the wealthy crowd for a lunch at El Huerto, the most charming restaurant in a garden-like setting with food that simply tastes heavenly. We had a “Surf and Turf”, a two inch thick filet steak topped with lots of giant prawns and a tasty sauce, included was a salad bar. The very word does not do justice to the dishes served there: fantastic creations made of different vegetables and salads, pates and various salsas. For all this plus a big jar of fresh papaya juice we paid 160 Bolivianos or 15 Euros, so we might very well go there again and spend another “fortune”!
The same evening we discovered the Joy Ride Bar, which serves strong and cheap Caipirinhas and plays excellent music. We expected the usual tourist crowd, but were surprised that the vast majority of customers were locals. Groups of young and elegantly dressed Bolivian women enjoying themselves is a common sight at the Joy Ride, something we had never seen neither in Bolivia nor in Peru.