The city’s built on a steep mountain at an altitude of 3600 metres, so the views are breathtaking, but so is walking!
I gasped my way to the witches’ market today, where potions, herbs, oils, barks, talismans, amulets and pachamama (earth mother) figurines are sold.
Endless mountains had dirt roads along the ridges.
This is the view from my bed.
After a spicy chicken and potato stew for $2.50 at a market stall, I joined the crowd in the plaza watching a dance performance.
I flew from Rio over forest, then mountains to Sucre, known as The White City.
2. Work out
3. Hook up
4. Be that girl from Ipanema
Each of the samba schools which compete in Carnivale represents a favela, one of Rio’s notorious slums. The schools are a source of community pride and cohesion, eliciting loyal colour wearing, anthem singing and flag flying worthy of a football fan club.
I went to the Salgueiro Samba School Carnivale rehearsal with 2000 others in the school’s large hall. The band, the separate percussion group,
and the crowd of locals of diverse ages, races and genders
sang and danced energetically.
The club committee and veteran Carnivale dancers wore their own costumes.