portertravels.net/Bolivia 2007 album/Parque Cretácico

Villa de la Plata

Casa de la Libertad

Plaza 25 de Mayo

Hostal Santa Cruz


Kantu Nucchu

San Felipe Neri

Castillo La Glorieta

La Recoleta

Parque Simon Bolivar

Parque Cretácico

Prevention Parade

Oruro Carnaval




Isla del Sol



Mookie Pookie

Inka Trail

Tarabuco Palm Sunday

Bolivia 2007
Photos by Don and Lois Porter

Parque Cretácico

The Dinosaur Tracks of Cal Orck’o were discovered in an active limestone quarry in 1994. This site is reportedly the largest collection of dinosaur tracks in the world. The footprints belong to a huge variety of dinosaurs (over 330 species) thought to be alive during the late Cretaceous Era. The city is applying to UNESCO to declare the tracks a Patrimonio de la Humanidad (the city of Sucre itself was declared a Patrimonio in 1994). Complementing the tracks, reproductions of a variety of dinosaurs have been crafted and displayed in an attractive park (Parque Cretácico). The park offers an excellent vantage for viewing the dinosaur tracks. Among the reproductions (all life-size) are: abelisaurus, iguanodontes, titanosaurus, etc. The reproductions are top quality, very impressive in the amazing setting. Every day the “Dino Truck” departs from the center of Sucre (Plaza 25 de Mayo) at 9:30 and noon, taking loads of tourists (both international and Bolivian) to Parque Cretácico. The Dino Truck is a real institution itself – seemingly indestructible, although mechanical difficulties are common (that’s why it was 15 minutes late picking us up after our visit to the Parque).

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Dino Truck - early 1950s International Titanosaurus Aquasnarlosaurus Titanosaurus
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Titanosaurus not noticing Lois Quarry wall with dinosaur tracks Eat-tree-osaurus Close-up of dino tracks on wall
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Unfriendly-osaurus Blueback-osaurus Lois with bird-osaurus Stegosaurus
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Dino track wall behind unknown-osaurus Dino track wall behind Don-osaurus Pterodactyl (wings out of view) Daisies-osaurus