...The bus starts stirring and then the lights come on. We look at our watches and its only 6am. We can't be in Sucre already, we didn't think we'd be here until 9 or 10am as Lonely Planet says its around 14 hours to Sucre. But we're here. Our formula one driver has done it in 11.5 hours. We grab a taxi to the hostel, and ring the bell three times over but there is no answer. As its only 6.45am we are at a loss as to what to do. We look to our Lonely Planet for inspiration, and see a cafe with wifi listed as opening at 7am.
So we head up the street into town and loiter on the cafe doorstep for a while, but it doesn't open at 7am. So I head off in search of any other cafes open. Luckily I find one, just opening, at 7.30! (Florins in case you ever find yourself in the same situation!) We unload our heavy packs, order some breakfast and hot drinks and make use of the wifi. The hot chocolate comes out quickly and is good. The pancakes on the other hand take a while to eventuate. I think it had something to do with the chef not being at work yet!
At 9.30am we decide to give the doorbell at the hostel another go. Success. The hostel (La Dolce Vita) is very nice, a lounge room, open courtyard, roof terrace and small guest kitchen. The owners are amazing, very helpful and friendly. They recommend somewhere for our washing so we head there, with 5.5kg of washing, well down on the 11kg Puno WalkOnInn weighed it as. Grr.
We wander through the central market and buy some fruit off one woman who feeds us slices of her apples, some other fruit we are unable to identify and peach. We see the Museo de Etnografia y Folklore, which sees us again hindered by our poor Spanish as all the labels in the museum are in Spanish. There is an interesting collection of masks from one of the cultures in Bolivia. Having had our culture fix, we wander a bit more about the town which is very pleasant and relaxing, without being boring, a nice change from the hustle and bustle of La Paz. We pick up a hot baguette and head back to the hostel to see if our room is ready.
It is, and our room is amazing, lovely bright colours, more than just a bed in the room, table and chairs, bedside tables with lamps and an en-suite. We have a long hot shower in the amazing shower and siesta.
Later we go into town and see the main church, a balcony our hosts told us about (said to be the nicest in Bolivia) and the main plaza. We hunt down a supermarket and then have dinner at Florins, nachos and a rather strong peanut Pad Thai.
Our second day in Sucre is similarly relaxing. We have a lazy lie in as it's a bit overcast unfortunately. Eventually the day comes right and we head out for some fresh air, heading through town to walk to a viewpoint above the town; Plaza Pedro Anzures, with spectacular city views.
Back in our hostel we have massive and delicious fresh baguette sandwiches for dinner and watch Memoirs of a Geisha. Sucre has left us well and truly relaxed and rested after our exhausting jungle trip. Tomorrow we are off to Potosi.