Tarabuco, the town where I will be living for 3 months next year.
From the photos I have seen it looks like a picturesque town set amongst the hills. It’s only 62 km from the city of Sucre but the bus trip to get there is 1 1/2 hrs. I have experienced the road conditions in rural areas of Bolivia so I can easily imagine the winding gravel and dirt road that will only allow slow vehicle speeds along it. It does look like there will be plenty of opportunity for walking in the surrounding countryside and plenty of hills close by to test my fitness. The town itself is at an altitude of 3,284 metres. Slightly higher than comfort levels but hopefully once I’ve had a couple of weeks to acclimatise I shouldn’t have too many problems with the altitude.
The town has a population of 19,000, described in the information I received from Biblioworks as 9,405 hombres y 10,149 mujeres. So I guess that will be 10,150 mujeres for the 3 months that I will be there. Tarabuco is the capital of the Yamparaez province in the Chuqisaca Department of Bolivia. It is the largest centre for the indigenous culture of Yampara and the local language is Quechua. I bought a Quechua phrasebook and dictionary this week. One quick look at the language and I decided I would stick to learning Español at the momento. I’m struggling enough with my studies of the Spanish language without needing to add another complicated language to the list. I think most Bolivians speak some Spanish along with their indigenous language.
Tarabuco is famous for it’s Sunday market. A very colourful market specialising in crafts, clothing, and musical instruments. I’m looking forward to experiencing this event every Sunday although my guess is it will be the complete opposite of a peaceful Sunday sleep in.
An abundance of colourful images of Tarabuco to be found through Google images:
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