Sucre On a BudgetKnown for its pretty, well-kept center, and for its agreeable climate, Sucre is considered to be Bolivia's most beautiful city and the symbolic heart of the nation. La ciudad blanca, or "the white city," holds a gorgeous ensemble of whitewashed buildings sheltering pretty patios, preserving a wealth of colonial architecture. While La Paz is now the seat of government and treasury, Sucre is recognized in the constitution as the nation's capital, as it was here that independence was proclaimed. While the city offers many attractions in the form of historic buildings and renowned theatre as well as indigenous culture and prehistoric sites in the surrounding towns and countryside, the highlight of Sucre might be its relaxed atmosphere. Sucre was declared a Unesco World Heritage site in 1991 and is under strict controls on development.
SightsWhile Sucre is renowned for its tranquil ambiance and laid back lifestyle, the city is also home to plenty of sights and activities to keep travelers busy during their stay. Plaza 25 de Mayo is Sucre's central hub and one of the prettiest plazas in Bolivia, which offers a place to relax and soak in the beauty and vibrancy of Sucre. You will find on Plaza 25 de Mayo, the seat of the Roman Catholic Church in Bolivia, the Metropolitan Cathedral of Sucre. The Cathedral is of great importance to the deeply religious city and is open to the public from 10h to 12h and 14h to 17h, Monday to Friday. Head to one of Sucre's many colourful and bustling markets and soak in this unique experience of local culture. Check out Sucre's cemetery for a rather unusual peaceful hideaway. Inhabitants of Sucre go there to read a book, catch up with friends or simply to contemplate life. Visit El Castillo de La Glorieta (The Castle of La Glorieta), which is part of a Bolivian tale about the prince and princess and the pink, crazy, fairy-tale castle they built on the outskirts of Sucre. Go to La Recoleta, at the bottom of the Churuquella mountain, for a tranquil lookout point boasting some of the best panoramic views over Sucre. Visitors to Sucre will usually find that they spend the majority of their time within a few blocks of the central square. However, if you have time and you are willing to explore a little further, there are many other interesting places to visit such as Avenida de las Americas, a wide, imposing two-laned avenue running North to South and adorned with manicured gardens, statues in honour of some of Sucre's political figures, dinosaur telephone boxes, plenty of benches and a beautiful large flower clock.
ActivitiesHome to some of Bolivia's best museums and galleries, Sucre provides visitors the chance to learn about the country's cultural, artistic and religious history in some wonderfully inspiring settings. Most of the museums are conveniently located in the city's center within walking distance from the main plaza. One of Sucre's must-see tourist attractions is Espacio Cultural Origenes' folkloric show and dinner spectacular. The restaurant is set around a large stage where, almost every night of the week, they put on a colorful, high-energy dance show featuring traditional dances from Sucre and the rest of Bolivia.
A wonderful way to discover Sucre's beautiful and diverse countryside is to trek from Sucre to the Maragua Crater. During the trek you will see some breathtaking Bolivian scenery, learn about the local flora and fauna, discover dinosaur footprints with your very own eyes and share the customs and traditions of a local Quechuan family. For dinosaur-lovers, visit Sucre's Dinosaur Park and Footprints (Parque Cretacico), where you will see 5055 perfectly preserved dinosaur footprints from about 15 species of dinosaur.