South America Blog

   This is the journey I have always dreamed of,  to ride my motorcycle across the Americas. 

   Follow me as I travel south from Texas to the tip of South America on my BMW GS.   

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Sucre, Bolivia

After completing all my computer work in Oruro I rode to Sucre, Bolivia.  The City of Sucre is a UNESCO World Heritage site.  It is a beautiful colonial city.  Sucre reminded me of several other cities I have visited on my trip.  Cities like San Miguel, Mexico; Antigua, Guatemala; and Granada, Nicaragua.  Sucre is known by four names but the one that I feel best describes it is Ciudad Blanca (the white city).  All buildings are whitewashed with red roof tiles.  The city had a very relaxed atmosphere with great restaurants, plazas, and markets.  The climate was also great – not too cold and not too hot.  The city is located at an elevation of about 7,000 feet.

I had a great ride from Oruro to Potosi.  I rode along the altiplano for the first 100 miles with the mountains on one side and pampas on the other.  The second 100 miles I climbed into the mountains on a twisty road.  This area reminded me of Arizona and Utah in the USA.  The scenery was a mixture of Monument Valley, Zion National Park, and the Painted Desert.  The colors in the valleys and mountains were rich reds, greens, and yellows.

It was a nice ride in a beautiful place with great temperature and no rain.  All that came to a halt when I was pulled over by the Bolivian police.  It was the same old song and dance.  They claimed I was traveling twice as fast as the speed limit.  Yes, of course they tell me “you have to pay” and I say “I have no money”, etc.  This carried on for about 45 minutes.  Finally they asked if I would give them a few bucks to purchase fuel for their patrol car.  All I had on me was 10 boivianos which exchanged to about a $1.40 US.  They gladly took the offer and we were both on our way.  I hated giving money like that because it only adds to their temptation of doing again to someone else.  However, they caught me on a good day and I happened to be in a generous mood.