After visiting Copacabana and La Paz I was ready to see how the city of Sucre would be compared to those two diverse places. Well, Sucre completely shocked me to say the least by how progressive and young the people that lived there were! It is a university city where many young 20 year old's flock to. It is an easy place to spend a week and relax since the environment calls for just eating ice cream in the sun with a good book at the park. We stayed for 4 nights at a place called Homestay Jorge that we found off of booking.com and it was family run business where they opened the doors to their house and converted a few rooms into guest rooms. It was the perfect place to feel like you are living a true locals life instead of a typical hostel especially because of the views from the terrace and the amenities such as a warm shower and a completely usable kitchen. It was about a 15-minute walk to the main plaza but the walk was lovely just seeing all of the colonial architecture along the way. On the first day of arriving we knew we wanted to search for cheap Spanish lessons so we found a hostel called Colors House Hostel and took a few days of classes with a private tutor there that was $5 an hour each for two hours per day. Looking back I wish I would have taken classes for at least a week straight because I was learning a lot quickly but there is only so much you can learn in three days. This city out of all the places in Bolivia I would completely recommend to take Spanish lessons as this is a very livable town that you can easily make the most of everyday at.
We quickly made a little routine here starting at 10am with two hours of Spanish classes and then around noon we would head to the Mercado Central that is a gigantic building full of fruit stalls, vegetable stalls, meat, medicines, knick knacks, smoothies and rows and rows of stalls serving lunch. Everyday we would have an incredible lunch at the Mercado ranging from 10-16 Bolivanos (That is less than $3 USD!) that included soup as an appetizer and then usually a meat dish with a salad and carb source of rice, pasta or fries. After we ate we would head downstairs to the area where ladies are selling fruit smoothies and I would order a huge fruit salad…everyday. It had cereal, yogurt with multiple types of fruit and was only 10 bolivianos. I fell in love with that dish and think of it often still. That lunch would fill us up for hours and after we ate we would always pick up some food to cook back at our homestay.
If you are looking for a great bar to chill out on it can be found in the area of the city called La Recoleta called Cafe Gourmet Mirador. Beers are around $3USD each and it is a perfect lounge outside area to soak in the sun and let the hours of the day slip on by. I completely recommend anybody to rest your feet up and call this place home for a few days. If you are wanting a park to people watch at there is a great huge one in town called Parque Bolivar where we brought our books and sat at the park for a few hours taking in the sunshine and the surrounding views. We only spent 4 nights in this city but looking back I would have stayed at least 3 more nights. Enjoy yourself here, it is hard not to.
5) Rainbow Mountain, Cusco, Sacred Valley
6) Machu Pichu
1) Copacabana and Isla Del Sol
2) La Paz
1) San Pedro De Atacama
4) La Serena
5) Puerto Iquazu
6) Buenos Aires