Sucre was declared a Unesco cultural heritage site in 1991, because of its beautiful colonial architecture. Almost all the buildings are either whitewashed or painted white and one gets the strange feeling of being in a European city within Bolivia. It boasts several impressive colonial churches, including the Cathedral itself, the Iglesia de la Merced and the Convento de San Felipe Neri, among many others. The views from the bell-towers are so peaceful that you just end up staying there longer than you had planned simple staring at time itself.
We also visited the world's largest paleotological site, just a couple of kilometres outside Sucre, which unfortunately happens to be the limestone quarry of the National Cement Factory as well. There, we were able to see and touch the footprints of five different types of dinosaurs from the late Cretacic period. These prints were on a wall with a magnitude of more than 25000 sq metres and its verticallity was explained by the theory of tectonic movement. We were taught how to differentiate the prints of five different types of dinosaurs: Paralosaurius, Titanosaurius, Anquilosaurius, Tiranosaurius Rex and Triceratops. All in all, it was very interesting and it was a very special feeling to place one's hand where a dinosaur had once placed its foot millions of years ago. Unfortunately, this special place won't last long before erosion, and especially the Cement Factory, destroy all evidence of the late Cretacic period. But it is hard to blame them for the loss when they provide 300 families with a job. At least, we were lucky enough to see them.
See you all in Tupiza!
Hope you are all happy wherever you are,
Idoia & Mikel.