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Sucre

  • General information

    Official language: Spanish
    Time zone: UTC -4
    Currency: Boliviano (BOB)

  • Trekking and swimming

    Near Sucre, in mountains close to a village Alegria, you can find seven waterfalls and many dazzling, natural water ponds, so remember to take your swimming suit and a towel!

  • On a volcano

    Around 40 kilometres from Sucre there is crater of volcano Maragua. If you happen to have two free days, go there for trekking. Marvellous views are guaranteed.

  • What to get for a gift?

    Being in Sucre, look around for shops with traditional fabrics, as well as jumpers and gloves from alpaca. The city is also known for delicious chocolate, for instance Para Ti or Taboada.

What’s worth seeing in Sucre?

The constitutional capital of Bolivia Sucre is considered to be the most beautiful and safest city in this country. It owes its charm not only to neat, white colonial architecture, but also to hospitality of its citizens and easy to spot order, that is difficult to find in rest of Bolivia, unfortunately.

Sucre is situated at the foot of Central Cordillera at the altitude of 2700 metres above sea level. Before in the 16th century a Spanish colony Chuquisaca, later renamed to Ciudad de la Plata Nuevo Toledo, was founded there, this place had been inhabited by Indians Charcas. In 1839 – in honour of first president of Bolivia, Antonio Jose de Sucre – the city has gained its current name. Thanks to its rich history and lovely historic buildings Sucre was enlisted on UNESCO World Heritage List.

The heart of the metropolis is Plaza 25 de Mayo, a central square of the old town. There you can find, among others, the cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana de Sucre), Casa de la Libertad, where country’s constitution was written down, alluring park with a fountain and monument of Antonio Jose de Sucre, as well as governmental buildings and the 17th century university, many eateries. In the neighbourhood you can also visit very intriguing, from architectural point of view, monastery Iglesia de San Felipe Neri. Make sure to get to its roof that serves as viewing platform – there is a splendid panorama for historical centre of Sucre stretching out from there.

When you get hungry, choose a restaurant that serves typical Bolivian cuisine. Why? It mixes Spanish, Incan, Arabic, and even African influences. Though it is based mainly on cheap, easy to get products, such as potatoes (la papa), corns (la maiz), rice, fish and more rarely beef, it is not only filling, but also tasty. What is interesting, in Bolivia there are produced as many as 200 different type of potatoes! What is worth to eat? For sure pastel, fried on deep fat flat cake with sugar, usually served with drink made of red corn, called api. It is also worth to know that this region is famous for meat dishes made of lama, sheep and Bolivian oyster suri. Where to go to eat? We recommend Las 7 Lunares, La Posada Restaurante and Cosmo Cafe.

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