When I was in the 4th grade, Jurassic Park came out and rocked our world. I was one of the millions of kids who heartily exclaimed, “I want to be a paleontologist!” with a little too much glee.
Hey, I think Shaun was doing that too. I’m not the only one.
Regardless, I find myself GEEKING OUT every time I’m around a museum that has fossilized footprints out on display. Oh boy did we find the holy grail of dino footprints at El Parque Cretácico, the dinosaur museum in Sucre, Bolivia. Not only do the footprints take up an entire side of a mountain (the concrete company next door stumbled upon them), but they have one of the largest collections in the world.
The mountain is sadly collapsing right now due weathering effects, however, the cool part of it is that it has exposed several other layers underneath that have other dinosaur footprints peeking through.
The geological history of South America is an interesting one for sure. At one point in time the entirety of South America was flat and had a huge section of the Atlantic Ocean covering it. When the Andes formed, it pushed the crust up creating the alti-plano in Bolivia, making some water recede, and leaving the rest to form the salt flats. The muddy continent before the Andes is what is seen on the side of the mountain. TOO COOL.
To get out to the museum, catch the DinoBus in front of the cathedral in the main square that leaves at 2:30pm. The return trip fare will run you 17 Bolivianos (not including the entrance into the museum at 30 Bolivianos). The whole ordeal takes about 2 hours and is totally worth your time if you are into kitschy corny things like we are.
Honestly, I think we would have gone just to take pictures of the life sized dinosaurs.