Sucre, Bolivia. So tranquil and peaceful. So much so that we never updated our blog. Also, the very slow internet did not help 😉 Nick and I studied Spanish for 4 hours a day for 3.5 weeks in June 2016. We spent most mornings in “our” café studying Spanish and doing our homework. In the afternoons we did individual Spanish classes.
We loved hiking up Cerro-Churquella. It is one of the two hills that look down upon the city. The second hill is Cerro-Sika-Sika. The monument El Sagrado Corazón de Jesús, which is about 91 years old, is located at the peak of the hill. At the foot of the hill is the La Recoleta.
The monument El Sagrado Corazón de Jesús, which is about 91 years old, is at the peak of the hill. At the foot of the hill is the La Recoleta.
La Recoleta also offers beautiful views of the city. There is also a café where you can chill, have a glass of wine, and bask in the sun.
We frequently took walks around Parque Bolivar. It is a peaceful park with a mini Eiffel Tower. Gustave Eiffel, who also built the Eiffel Tower in Paris, made this tower. At night, the teens in the city would practice their traditional dances with folk music blasting.
On weekends, you could find kids playing. Nick found the carnival rides here were made with a certain ingenuity and without regard for the tough safety restrictions you would find in the US.
Sucre is known for their chocolate. We went to the chocolate shop almost everyday and feasted on the dark chocolate bars, or chocolate amargo. There are two competing chocolate shops: Chocolates Para Ti and Chocolates Taboada. Both are very good!
Museums, shows, plazas
Sucre is also filled with many museums for such a small town! My favorite was the Tesoro Museum, which has exhibits on the jewels and minerals of Bolivia and South America. The museum explains how jewelry is made from the extraction of mineral and rocks to the production of the final product. Bolivia, specifically Potosí, was the silver capital of the world when the Spanish were here. The Spanish brought machinery to extract and process the silver, but it didn’t work at 13,200 ft above sea level. They used the special equipment made by the indigenous people so the metal could get hot enough to melt.
The Casa de Libertad museum is great to learn about colonial and republican history. They display the Bolivian declaration of independence there.
Finally, we saw the Anthropology Museum with its collection of ancient mummies.
We also recommend the show at Origenes. It features traditional dances, music, and costumes from different regions of Bolivia.
And since this is Bolivia, you can always catch a local protest at the main plaza. This one involved cement workers and really big firecrackers.
Last but not least, our Spanish lessons were at Sucre Spanish School and we would highly recommend them. I feel like my Spanish has improved, but I still have a long way to go. I am now an unofficial Spanish level B1 (threshold) and Nick is B2 (vantage). We’d need a lot more practice to actually test in to those levels, though.
All in all, Sucre was a great place to learn!