The 14-hour overnight (yes, brutally long) bus ride from Samaipata to Sucre had at least three stops for accidents in the middle of the shoddy Bolivian road connecting the two cities.
Our first full day Sucre, Matan and I took a taxi out to Siete Cascadas, a hike that has a series of seven waterfalls.
On our cab ride out we saw a group of locals traveling in true Bolivan fashion.
After our taxi ride we had a short walk to the trailhead along with these guys.
Many guidebooks, Lonely Planet included, warn about hiking to Siete Cascadas because for several years backpackers would be violently robbed of their belongings once they had started hiking towards the falls.
The malfeasors knew that backpackers and tourists liked it as a day trip so it seemed a perfectly profitable place to relieve these innocent folks of their belongings.
Thankfully we didn’t have any problems that day.
The series of waterfalls creates a series of pools, several of which are swimmable.
The water is refreshingly cool and though I didn’t try, a few of my hiking companions claimed it was drinkable.
After the first pool a little scrambling is required to get up to the rest of the waterfalls.
Matan was braver than I, scrambling along the side of this wall towards the spine of the mountain.
A mini-gorge separates the second and third waterwalls.
As you can see in the video below, the mini-gorge in the picture above leads down to the first waterfall and pool we had stopped at.
Back in Sucre, there are a few things to see and do, which all can be seen or done in a day.