that time: off road and off the beaten path

There are many reasons to visit the charming southern Bolivian city of Sucre. The capital of the country (nope, it’s not La Paz) is teeming with museums and sights as well as an infectious whitewashed architecture that covers the city in a mystifying shroud. The “white city,” as Sucre is often referred to, is welcoming and warm in regards to both the local population and the climate.

There is no shortage of attractions to keep one occupied and the main square is a great place to just sit, relax and spend the day. On a recent trip to the city however, I was looking for a bit more of an adventure and wanted to visit the quaint, though inaccessible countryside.

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Luckily for me, I met the owners of Off Road Bolivia my first night at one of Sucre’s many bars. Off Road Bolivia is an adventure outfitter started a few years ago by a group of expats and locals who were looking to have some fun themselves. Starting with just a few bikes, the company today has a full fleet of off road vehicles and offers a wide range of tours that take visitors on a trip to the rarely visited villages and valleys surrounding Sucre.

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Along with their familiarity with riding, the multilingual Off Road team also has experience in guiding which made my half day 30 kilometer blaze around Sucre as educational as it was entertaining. For those who decide on the full day option, the ride goes all the way to Yotala, a small rural community referred to as the “garden of Sucre.”

Additionally, the Off Road team proved to be a great resource on Sucre in general, pointing me in the right direction on where to pick up a hand knit alpaca wool sweater and the best bars to grab a beer. One of the founders even supplied the author of Lonely Planet Bolivia’s latest guide with most of the information on what to do and see in the city.

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Whether you are a thrill seeker or just looking to shake things up a bit, a trip with Off Road Bolivia is the perfect way to spend a day in Sucre and witness the unabridged charming beauty of Bolivia and the city.

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