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From La Paz to Sucre

Written on: Wednesday August 1st, 2007

A journal entry from: Bolivia, Peru, and the Galapagos!

Today I met my travel group for Bolivia. I met 8 of them at the travel agency in La Paz where we were to catch a shuttle to the airport. There were 7 women and 1 guy, of those 5 of them were English (I thought I got rid of those people 2 weeks ago!) ranging in age from 22 to 27. Two of them had just graduated from Bristol University (where I just visited), one was a school teacher, and the other two seem to be recent graduates as well, but I´m not sure from where. Additionally, there was a 34 year old Irish women from Dublin who is a recently divorced mother of one. And an American couple from DC who were both 29.

We boarded an Aero Sur flight to Sucre on a very old 757 that was packed and smelly. It was only a 40 minute flight, but it was interesting. We had a moment of turbulence where the plane dropped and we all thought we were going to die, but of course we didn´t and we landed at Sucre without incident. From the airport, we transfered to our hotel, the Independencia near the central plaza of Sucre. This trip was not as much of a culture shock as the one from the La Paz airport on my first night, but there were still plenty of poor people and stray dogs.

The one noticeable change was the altitude. Sucre is at only 9200 ft, where as La Paz was at about 11,500 ft  (their airport however was above 13,000 ft). Breathing is definitely easier here. Soon we move on to Potosi, which is one of the highest cities in the world at about 13,500 ft.

Once at our hotel, we met our tour leader who informed us that there were 4 other people in our group that had been  traveling with her across Brazil from Rio de Janeiro. We shortly met the additional people: 2 English girls, 1 English guy, and 1 Welsh guy. So, in total, there are 13 of us (9 Brits, 1 Irish, and 3 Americans) plus our Peruvian guide Lila.

We just learned that Lila was a tour guide in Peru for quite some time, but this is her first time on our particular tour. I hope this isn´t a bad thing...

By this time it was nearing twilight, but we felt safe enough to stroll around town (unlike in La Paz). Then all 14 of us went to dinner at Joyride Cafe, a gringo restaurant that also conducts adventure sport tours  (mountain biking, paragliding, etc.). I don´t think any of us wanted to eat there,  but the guide had already reserved a table for us. The food was decent and authentic though. I had Garlic Trout with French Fries (they come with everything in Bolivia!)  plus shared a bottle of white wine with two of the girls, the total was $6US for me.

That night, I went to sleep early with the other boring people while the others stayed out and drank. I was just too exhausted (I don´t know why, cause I hadn´t done anything today). My roommate (the 27 year old teacher from England) stumbled in a couple hours later.  Then we were woken by the rest of the pack roaming through the hotel a couple hours after that.

Tomorrow we will tour Sucre and then we leave for Potosi the following morning.