We had a pretty solid plan for our time in Sucre: sleep, eat, watch Netflix, repeat. Every three months or so on this trip we have decided to stop somewhere for a month to give us a chance to rest, recharge and plan the next stage of the journey, and after our whirlwind travels through Colombia, Ecuador and Peru we were both looking forward to our month long break in the sunny, whitewashed streets of the constitutional capital of Bolivia.
Lucky for us we got the chance to rent an incredible two bedroom, three storey house just a short walk from the centre of town for the unbelievable bargain price of around £14 per night. As an added bonus, it had actual functioning internet! The stories you hear about Bolivian internet being pretty rubbish as standard is absolutely true – the rest of our travels through the country were punctuated by frequent struggles to find WiFi good enough to do even the most basic things, like send Whatsapp messages. So our home in Sucre really felt like a treat!
With a fully equipped kitchen all to ourselves we enjoyed many nights making home cooked meals (well, Dan made them and I ate them), but we did venture out into town a few times for coffee and food. At Florin’s we tried their delicious take on a full English breakfast, and a few times we wandered down to a small coffee shop by Parque Bolivar called Time and Coffee, which serves really tasty coffee and even tastier cakes and brownies. We also visited backpacker favourite Joy Ride Cafe, a place that is famous for serving a variety of dishes from all over the world. We personally found the food there to be a bit underwhelming, but apparently it’s a fun place to go at night for a few drinks.
As well as wandering around the town, eating and drinking, we also had a bit of life admin to attend to in Sucre. We were both in desperate need of new shoes – the tread on mine had become so slippery I felt like I was ice skating 24/7, while Dan’s were one loose thread away from completely falling to pieces – and Dan needed some new trousers as his only pair had a huge hole in them. About half way through the month my phone also died a sudden and spectacular death, so I had to hunt for a replacement. We ended up having several false starts to our shopping expeditions, mainly because all the shops in Bolivia close for half the day – usually between about 12pm and 4pm for siesta time – and even when they are supposed to be open shops will often be mysteriously closed for no apparent reason! It took several frustrating attempts to get everything we needed, but luckily we got it all sorted in the end.
Unfortunately we don’t really have any touristy information about things to do in Sucre, as we basically became hermits during our stay there! It was a much needed break though, and after a month of relaxing it was time for us to tackle the big, sprawling capital of Bolivia: La Paz.