From the square, at the top of Sucre, you have a nice view on the town. But you can also play table football with the pupils of the school which is right on the square. They will be happy if you invite them and they can save some bolivianos. They will be happy to speak with you as well, and you may take some nice picture. A rewarding experience, off the beaten path!
The celebration took part the whole day. We realized that this 6th of August is the national independence day but there are several other dates celebrated in different cities, as e.g in La Paz the 16th of July, and in small towns throughout the country, you will find colorful indigenous festivals on or near the summer solstice (June 21).
Bolivia inherited ambitions and extensive territorial claims that proved disastrous, leading to warfare and defeat. At the time of independence it had a seacoast, a portion of the Amazon basin, and claims to most of the Chaco; in little more than a century all these were lost. The strife-ridden internal history of Bolivia began when the first president, Sucre, was forced to resign in 1828. A steady stream of egocentric caudillos plagued Bolivia thereafter. Andrés Santa Cruz, desiring to reunite Bolivia and Peru, invaded Peru in 1836 and established a confederation, which three years later was destroyed on the battlefield of Yungay.
Although a few presidents, notably José Ballivián, made efforts to reform the administration and improve the economy, the temptation to wholesale corruption was always strong, and honest reform was hard to achieve. The nitrate deposits of Atacama proved valuable, but the mining concessions were given to Chileans. Trouble over them led (1879), during the administration of Hilarión Daza, to the War of the Pacific (see Pacific, War of the). As a result Bolivia lost Atacama to Chile. The next serious loss was the little-known region of the Acre River, which had become valuable because of its wild rubber. After a bitter conflict, Bolivia, under President José Manuel Pando, yielded the area to Brazil in 1903 for an indemnity.
Bolivia was one of the first countries in the Spanish Empire to attempt a break from Spain, but it was one of the last to succeed. The Spanish suppressed the first critical rebellion at Chuquisaca in May 1809. Fifteen years later a revolutionary army under General Antonio José de Sucre liberated Bolivia after defeating Spanish forces at the Battle of Ayacucho in Peru on December 9, 1824. Bolivia declared its independence from Spain on August 6, 1825, and took the name Bolivia in honor of South American independence leader Simón Bolívar. In 1826 a congress at Chuquisaca adopted a constitution drafted by Bolívar. It vested supreme authority in a president, who was chosen for a life term.
WE have had the great luck to be in the capital of Bolivia on the independence day. Probably there are celebrations all over Bolivia that day, but the capital is something special. We saw a very interesting celebration in the streets with soldats marching in traditionel dresses and as well in current ones.
The Palacio de la Glorieta is one of the other off-the-beaten path attractions outside Sucre. It was build by the Silver baron Argandoña. The architecture is more towards the Moorish-Arab styles rather than tha Spanish buildings of Sucre. It lies on military land so the condition of this palace is not that good. Although it is in dire need of renovation, it is still worth a trip. The gardens alone are beautiful.
The Dinosaur tracks are located at the Fomesca Cement Plant outside of town. Unfortunately, the sight was closed for the day of my visit due to an unexpected landslide. I did get to see the tracks from afar though. According to something I read locally, this are the longest dinosaur tracks on Earth conserved and exposed today.