Sucre Bolivia: Our 2018 detailed guide from how to get there, where to stay, how to book Lake Titicaca along with other tours and much more!
Sucre Brief Summary:
- Sucre is the constitutional capital of Bolivia, located in the south-central part of the country.
- Sucre lies at an elevation of 2,810 meters. This relatively high altitude gives the city a cool temperate climate year-round.
- Sucre is one of the safest cities in South America where tourists usually end up spending longer than planned.
Sucre Guide Contents:
1. Where is Sucre located and how to get there – Compare transportation options.
2. Must see in Sucre– The sights you cannot miss.
3. Must do in Sucre– A list of the most popular activities for travellers.
Designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, Sucre is one of the most beautiful towns in Bolivia, and the most popular place for international travellers who decide to settle in this fascinating country. It is the official capital of Bolivia, not too big, not too small, with a tranquil atmosphere and a perfectly warm, yet not too hot climate. Maybe for this reason, Sucre is a popular town for travelling Spanish-learners, many of them who decide to stay for longer than planned originally. Being one of the cheapest and safest cities in South America, Sucre is perfect for relaxing and exploring the beautiful Chuquisaca region offering wonderful cultural and outdoor activities.
How to get there
There are plenty of bus connections to Sucre from all cities and towns in Bolivia, including La Paz, Santa Cruz, Cochabamba, Tarija, Oruro, Potosí and Uyuni. The bus journeys are long and it is advisable to book one of the cama buses with comfortable seats. In case you decide to travel between Sucre and La Paz, you can break your journey into several stops and visit Cochabamba, Oruro or Potosí on the way. There are also flights to Sucre from Santa Cruz, La Paz, Tarija, Cochabamba and Uyuni.
What to see in Sucre
Convento de San Felipe Neri
Stunning colonial monastery building that is considered a heart of famous Sucre´s colonial architecture. Climb up its rooftops and enjoy the view overlooking this charming town.
MUSEF (Museo Nacional de Etnografía y Folklore)
Small but fascinating museum that celebrates the rich Bolivian culture from the pre-Colombian times to the present.
An entertaining and educational park that hosts selection of 5055 perfectly preserved pre-historic footprints of dinosaurs once living in the area. Particularly impressive is a 347m large trail of a baby Tyrannosaurus Rex known worldwide as ¨Johnny Walker¨, the largest of its kind in the world. On the way back, take a dino-bus down to Plaza 25 de Mayo.
Historical with interesting architecture, the cemetery attracts a big number of tourists. Do not worry about gloomy atmosphere, Bolivian cemeteries are surprisingly cheerful, with many quirky details and alive with interesting ancient traditions.
San Francisco Basilika
Asymmetric temple is an interesting architectural gem of colonial Sucre. Visit the catacombs dating back to the 16th Century.
What to do in Sucre
Trek across Maragua Crater
Lovely trek just outside of Sucre. You can make a one-day trip or wonder around breathtaking Chuquisaca scenery for several days. You can also explore fascinating Bolivian culture in the region’s´ historical villages and various museums and hidden architectural and cultural gems on the road.
Enjoy the views from La Recoleta
La Recoleta is a monastery with a popular small plaza at the bottom of Churuquella mountain offering some of the best panoramic views over Sucre. Relax in the Café Mirador or just eat an ice cream with the locals on the plaza, enjoying the charming scenery.
Shop at Tarabuco Market
One of the Sunday mornings, visit Tarabuco, a small town outside of Sucre. Locals and tourists alike love to visit the vibrant markets where one can stock up on everything from the vegetables, cooking appliances, to the unique artisanal products. Perfect for both soaking up the feel of a local life while buying gifts to remember your Bolivian adventure.
Have a picnic and a swim in Parque Bolívar
Enjoy the romance in the largest park in Sucre, a lovely green space surrounded by beautiful colonial architecture. There is a miniature of Eiffel Tower in the middle of the park and a fountain that provides a light show in the evening as the live music plays in the background. Add a recreational swimming pool and ice cream shops, and you have everything you need for spending a great, relaxing day in Sucre.
Be cool in Plaza 25 de Mayo
By many, Plaza 25 de Mayo in Sucre is considered to be one of the most beautiful plazas in Bolivia. It is filled with fountains, historical monuments, surrounded by colonial architecture, and accompanied by plentiful of trendy cafes and bars. Plaza 25 de Mayo is where the coolest crowd in Sucre likes to hang out.
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