Tarabuco market is a colourful market near Sucre. You can get there by a one hour bus journey. Since we missed the bus, we got on a big truck, which was carrying things to sell in the market, and they took us too. Walking through the market, we tried the local drink, which is like a cinnamon juice, the bottom of which is an apple, and it was cute and refreshing! On the way back, our neighbor on the way was a huge pig, legs tied, who cried during the hour-long return. They were also one of his friends cut up pigs in white sacks. In the market, it has fruit, vegetables, men who push you because they are loaded weight on his back almost bigger than them, women screaming to highlight her tiny stall, and it was all magic, where if you tell the old lady what you want to happen to your enemy or lover, she will help you and tell you how to burn the grass, which implores God, and the whole process to return your love ...
It's hard to know exactly where to begin and end your visit to the Mercado La Cancha, which is the largest outdoor market in Latin America. You can find everything at low prices - basic foods, meats, fish, clothing, local artisan produce, coca leaves, electronics ... it's full of the rich colours and smells of Bolivia. Ideal for taking photos, but be careful - always keep your eye out for thieves, and always ask permission to take pictures of the stalls. It's open every day of the week, but it's best to go on Saturdays.
In Sucre, you exit the desert, leave the mines of Potosi, the Uyuni to decent heights again, and although we are still at 2700 meters, it feels like the seashore. Your lungs are not bothered because the air is pure, but be sure not to turn your head because it is a bit of an awkward movement. A traveler can really rest here because it is a city filled with peace and tranquility. And most importantly, after days and days spent eating very basic food in the so poor Andean highlands consisting of quinoa, potatoes, and maybe a little meat on the best days, and not because they can not afford it, but because there are no providers to bring it up there, Sucre is like reaching a dream. In the market, you will find everything. Fruits that come from the Amazon, zucchini, tomatoes, peppers, peaches, melons, apricots, and even strawberries and cherries! You will want to spend a few hours walking around. The market, if not for the faces of the people, could be any southern European market. The fruit is delicious and costs a third of what you would pay for it in Europe, or less. Whole Watermelons for a euro, it really is a dream!
Bolivians are very superstitious, and there are plenty of rituals centered around daily life. One is to bury a llama fetus under the foundations of your home in order to protect the building from natural disasters. This tradition began in the time of the Incas, and this custom has survived the fall of the empire. There is even a witches' market in La Paz! They don't like cameras, but it's easy to understand why: it's a little creepy!
La Paz is a really amazing city. Despite the crowds and the dirty streets, it really is charming, and there are plenty of local markets where you can have fun, discovering colours, smells, people ... a special atmosphere awaits you in these "Bolivian supermarkets".