Saludos from the beautiful white city of Sucre, my friends!
In the two plus years since moving to Bolivia I’ve been itching to explore the country’s capital and finally, I made it! It’s a work/birthday weekend celebration and I’d like to take the opportunity to share with you what we’ve been up to so far.
Seeing as Sucre is the most picturesque city I’ve visited in Bolivia—and quickly becoming my favorite—I figure there’s no better way to document the trip than with a little Instagram action. And since I’m feeling extra inspired surrounded by such beauty, I’ll also be sharing some of my favorite travel Instagrammers at the end of this post so you can add them to your feed’s repertoire. Be sure to follow along over at @jessicajanoski for more updates and adventures!
First things first, a walking tour to get our bearings with map in hand and camera in the other. We’ve zig-zagged across the colonial city, climbing anything above three stories and often turning in circles from mid-morning when we landed until sunset. Hands down, the best view of the city center is from the rooftop of San Felipe Neri, pictured below. We climbed up to the bell tower just as the sun was setting and it was absolutely stunning. A little Santorni-esque (sans the sea), wouldn’t you agree?
And for my dear readers, here are a few more snaps that didn’t make the Instagram cut from during the day. You gotta be selective, #amiright.
A quick shout out to Mi Pueblo Samary, the tranquil, boutique hotel that’s hosting us and providing the most calming garden oasis for us to rest at. The details are charming and if there wasn’t so much to see and do in Sucre, I’d be spending the entire day curled up with my books in between the rose beds and the calla lilies.
Sucre’s details got me all in love with this little city. #thelittlethings #MiPuebloSamary A photo posted by The Bohemian Diaries (@jessicajanoski) on
As the birthplace of Bolivia, Sucre is full of history and thus, full of museums commemorating their colorful past. There’s no shortage of cultural identity or pride that I’ve noticed in this city and each museum and monument we’ve visited so far has been just as full of locals as foreigners. This is something I really wish we had more of in Santa Cruz— galleries and institutions that celebrate local art, history and culture. One of my highlights of day three was dragging my cruceño (a.ka. the bf) around to each of the historical landmarks (sometimes multiple times until the light was right for a photo) and posing with the country’s Declaration of Independence.
Just being a tourist and matching monuments to billzz. Pictured here is la Universidad San Francisco Xavier, the first university established in Bolivia and the third oldest in all of South America. Here the first ideas of freedom for Latin America were born, eventually leading the country and its neighbors to independence. #KnowledgeIsPower
I was disappointed when we visited La Recoleta, a Franciscan monastery seated atop a hill offering the best panoramic views of the city, but pleasantly surprised with our visit to the cemetery earlier today. Whereas the lookout at La Recoleta was overcrowded with teenage school kids and an amateur talent competition (no joke), the cemetery was peaceful (a nice reprieve from what we are used to in our city) and a good way to relax during the afternoon. It turned out to be fabulously interesting as we toured the graves and learned about local chuquisaqueña beliefs and customs regarding life and death.
Little boxes on the hillside, little boxes made of ticky tacky 🎶 Actually, these colorful squares are not cookie cutter molds from suburbia (please tell me you get the song reference!) but graves in Sucre’s one and only cemetery. Chuquisaqueños (locals of Sucre) believe that after death the body is still “fresh” for seven years and so nobody is cremated until that point. Everyone rests in colorful nichos filled with goodies, toys and other little trinkets representing what that person loved in life. Some nichos are even decorated with bottles of yogurt and packs of oreos! Most of them also include a little jar of water for the soul to come back and sip as they believe the alma is always thirsty. Its one of the most beautiful and peaceful parts of the city, definitely worth a visit to learn more about their cultural beliefs 🌹 A photo posted by The Bohemian Diaries (@jessicajanoski) on
There’s seriously so much more to see and discover that I doubt we will have time to squeeze it all in, especially since we have been accommodating a couple hours each night to the 2015 Copa America soccer tournament! Wish us well as we continue our travels!
And now, a few of my favorite photogs for you to check out and drool over the next time you scroll through Instagram. These accounts are full of wanderlust, killer landscapes, and sheer talent, check them out!
If Nicola’s photos don’t inspire enough wanderlust to have you this close to packing your bags and hitting the road, I don’t know what will. This Aussie native is the master of creating dreamscapes that are simultaneously retro and modern and always pleasing to the eye.
As possibly the most “instagrammable” place on Earth, New Zealand has it’s fair share of photographers summiting peaks, chasing auroras and camping out seaside all in the pursuit of a great photo. Johan Lolos by far stands out from the crowd as his enthusiasm for adventure and love for NZ is evident in each frame he posts. #Swooning.
It’s Beautiful Here
Georgia Hopkins of It’s Beautiful Here snaps beautiful cityscapes while creating unique guides from her travels across Europe and beyond. From food scenes to street portraits, she captures the heartwarming, the unusual, and of course, the beautiful throughout her journey. Visit her blog (mentioned above) to browse her guides and stories.
Travel Tales of Life
Follow this colorful couple as they document their equally vibrant travels around the world one gram at a time. Sue and Dave also blog about their adventures over at Travel Tales of Life, proving it’s never to late to start exploring. Be sure to brighten your feed with their fun account!
In A Faraway Land
Marta Kulesza is a Polish landscape photographer who recently relocated to New Zealand and documents her adventures both night and day on her extraordinary mountain-filled feed. She’s an expert at astrophotography and has me swooning over every starry night and lunar photo she posts. Follow her travels on her blog, In A Faraway Land.
To describe Christine’s photos in one word, I’d go with whimsical. She features herself in nearly all of her photos, creating a unique perspective in telling the story of where she’s been. A sort of “in my shoes” collection, if you will.
Combining the best of both mountain and seascapes, Sydney-based photographer Mark Clinton captures nature’s extremes and the interaction between humans pushing their limits within the great outdoors. Definitely one of my favorite accounts to visit and revisit.