When I first got to Sucre, I was amazed at how beautiful the city is. The colonial architecture, cobblestone streets, and perfectly manicured plazas are great, but the surrounding mountains are my favorite view everyday.
I knew I wanted to get out and explore them. I have a thing for torturous bike rides, so it totally made sense to explore by bike.
Mountain biking in Sucre is awesome!
But it is also really freaking hard.
Maybe it is because my weekly bike rides in Ohio were on completely flat terrain, and mountain biking on actual mountains is not something I have ever done.
It is certainly not because I am out of shape. I’ve been running in the park everyday, pushing through the hills and altitude, not embarrassed to be moving at half the pace of the Bolivians.
Bolivians are just hardcore.
And because I completed this circuit without dying or begging a passing truck for a ride, I am too.
I did have to get off the bike and walk at some points because the incline was so ridiculous that I was actually riding slower than I could walk.
But that’s okay.
At least I didn’t lay down on the ground like I wanted to do.
It was certainly vale la pena to get these views.
Beware this evil plant.
Another pain in the ass about mountain biking in Bolivia is this plant with huge, hard-as-nails thorns. I got a flat, and the thorn had punctured through both sides of the tire!
If you really enjoy adventure activities and are up for a challenge, go mountain biking in Sucre. Awesome views and a huge sense of accomplishment. Plus, you will burn enough calories to eat everything in sight when you’re done. Just be sure to have a tire repair kit with you.