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Sucre and Torotoro : Welcome in Jurassic World !

Posted by Flo et Romain on September 6 2015, 16:39pm

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Sucre and Torotoro : Welcome in Jurassic World !

Sucre is the capital of Bolivia and as many cities in South America it was built by the Spanish with a colonial architecture. Today you can still walk in the streets and be impressed by the nice buildings and paved streets.

Sucre is the capital of Bolivia and as many cities in South America it was built by the Spanish with a colonial architecture. Today you can still walk in the streets and be impressed by the nice buildings and paved streets.

Sucre and Torotoro : Welcome in Jurassic World !Sucre and Torotoro : Welcome in Jurassic World !
Sucre and Torotoro : Welcome in Jurassic World !
Sucre and Torotoro : Welcome in Jurassic World !Sucre and Torotoro : Welcome in Jurassic World !Sucre and Torotoro : Welcome in Jurassic World !
Sucre and Torotoro : Welcome in Jurassic World !

But more than this cultural heritage, Sucre has also a very important historical heritage. It is there that the biggest collection of dinosaurs ‘footprints is. There are more than 10000 prints. Incredible, isn’t it?

These footprints were discovered only by chance when a cement plant was digging the ground to extract rocks. The field still belongs to the plant but a touristic park has opened to let visitors discover this incredible wall. (“El Parque Cretacio”)

It is really astonishing that the wall where all the prints are, is almost vertical. How is it possible? To better understand it, we have to go back in the past.

68 million years ago, Sucre region (and all the region until Argentina) was flat and covered with a shallow ocean. At this period, dinosaurs were the giants of the planet and went go and forth following the seasons (or their will, who knows…). Their huge feet left footprints in the humid soil. Then the floor dried and the prints remained prisoner. After years and years (thousands of years), the prints were covered with different layers of sediments (and dinosaurs disappeared).

Several million years later, tectonic movements created the Andes and the floor raised up. The part with the footprints also…

Everything could have stayed undiscovered, below the surface but in the 1990’s, a cement plant bought the field and started to extract rocks. Work stopped when the rocks were not exploitable anymore… at least for the cement plant because for History it was a major discovery. More than 5000 dinosaurs’ footprints were revealed and after few years (because of time, rain and erosion), 5000 more were exposed.

On this wall, you can see 8 families of dinosaurs; some herbivores and some carnivores. The longest track measures 347 metres.

In 2010, one part of the wall fell down, destroying hundreds of prints… but other ones were discovered below. Scientists believe that several layers of sediments have footprints from different periods. Nowadays the precious wall is in danger because the cement plant is still working nearby (creating vibrations) and rain, wind, sun are slowly destroying the prints. If nothing is done to help protecting them, it is estimated that the majority of the footprints will disappear in 2020…

Sucre and Torotoro : Welcome in Jurassic World !Sucre and Torotoro : Welcome in Jurassic World !
Sucre and Torotoro : Welcome in Jurassic World !
Sucre and Torotoro : Welcome in Jurassic World !Sucre and Torotoro : Welcome in Jurassic World !
Sucre and Torotoro : Welcome in Jurassic World !
Sucre and Torotoro : Welcome in Jurassic World !
Sucre and Torotoro : Welcome in Jurassic World !

In addition to the wall of footprints, the park has got many dinosaurs statues at the real scale. We really liked this place.

Sucre and Torotoro : Welcome in Jurassic World !
Sucre and Torotoro : Welcome in Jurassic World !Sucre and Torotoro : Welcome in Jurassic World !
Sucre and Torotoro : Welcome in Jurassic World !

And as we love History and animals, we couldn’t resist to go to another place to see more prints. We went to an almost non touristic area in the park of Torotoro.

Again the same story: the region was flat and humid, dinosaurs walked there, left their prints which dried, get covered with sediments; tectonic plates moved and today the prints are exposed… There are probably still thousands of them beneath the surface… but the ones we can see now will disappear if they are not protected! What a pity when you know that it is a treasure for the palaeontologists.

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Sucre and Torotoro : Welcome in Jurassic World !
Sucre and Torotoro : Welcome in Jurassic World !
Sucre and Torotoro : Welcome in Jurassic World !
Sucre and Torotoro : Welcome in Jurassic World !

In Torotoro, in addition to the dino’s footprints, there are also beautiful landscapes… And when we are only 5 to enjoy it (Somali and Flavien a French couple met in the bus, and Claudio our guide), it is even better!!!

We spent 2 days in this small village and it was a little sporty. First, to go down a canyon we had to go down (and especially go up) 890 steps. (but at the end the boys could have a swim under the waterfall). And to see the prehistoric bind fishes we had to scrawl in a dark cave helped by the light of our front lamps... What a great experience!

We also visited the “Itas city”, a city of stones, formed with natural caves and huge stone pillars.

Sucre and Torotoro : Welcome in Jurassic World !
Sucre and Torotoro : Welcome in Jurassic World !Sucre and Torotoro : Welcome in Jurassic World !
Sucre and Torotoro : Welcome in Jurassic World !Sucre and Torotoro : Welcome in Jurassic World !
Sucre and Torotoro : Welcome in Jurassic World !
Sucre and Torotoro : Welcome in Jurassic World !Sucre and Torotoro : Welcome in Jurassic World !
Sucre and Torotoro : Welcome in Jurassic World !
Sucre and Torotoro : Welcome in Jurassic World !
Sucre and Torotoro : Welcome in Jurassic World !
Sucre and Torotoro : Welcome in Jurassic World !
Sucre and Torotoro : Welcome in Jurassic World !

We really liked this place and especially the small village where people are friendly, where you can eat for 10 bolivianos. Romain and Flavien also played football (soccer) with the men (sorry, no pictures, it was raining that day and Somali and I preferred to stay dry!!!).

After this historic trip, we are now going to La Paz where we will meet the French School !!

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