Sucre, a charming city
After fleeing a seconde time from La Paz, we were very happy to arrive in Sucre, the constitutional capital of Bolivia, after our night bus. The city is located at 2800m, nestled nicely in a valleonous scenery. The well preserved city center contains many spanish colonial buildings, most of which are white houses with a small patio. This feature is so present in Sucre’s architecture, that almost all hotels and restaurants have such a patio.
Just after a few hours in Sucre, we basically felt at home in the city and were enjoying this feeling greatly due to the strong contrast to how we felt in La Paz. Sucre offers plenty opportunities for nice strolls in the city center, and you will for sure pass by one or more of the many white churches present everywhere in the city. There is even a small french park containing a mini Eiffel tower and a Arc de Triomphe! The main plaza is a nice place to relax, with many small coffees and restaurants around. Speaking of restaurants, do no miss the opportunity to eat at Condor Cafe. We really liked this place, the food is fresh and delicious, especially the lemon pie – to die for!!
As we spent a lot more than what we had planned in La Paz, it was nice to be in a city where prices are more reasonable. The one exception are the tours organized by travel agencies. They were far from cheap, so we decided to organize our planned trek to the Maragua crater ourselves. If you are in Sucre, do not miss the old cloister San Felipe Neri. It is nowadays a school and can only be visited after 14:30. While the cloister is beautiful in itself, it is particularly enjoyable for the great view of the city from its roof.
If you want to learn a little bit more about the country or the city, you can visit the Casa de la Libertad and the Museo del Tresoro. The Museo del Tresoro explains the strong influence of silver mining – and nowadays also gold mining – on the Bolivian economy and history development. It also exhibits some examples of the so called Bolivinite gem stone, which is a mixture of an Amethyst and a Citrin and can only be found in Bolivia. The Casa de la Libertad contains information about the Bolvian history – we would recommend you to take a guide if you visit it, otherwise it is a lot less interesting. Both buildings can be found in the Main Plaza and are one of these typical old colonial buildings.
The locals claimed that Sucre was the origin place of the anti Spanish revolution, leading to the final seperation of all Southern American countries from the Spanish governance. We could not find any reliable source on the internet confirming this information but weather this is true or not, Sucre is definetivley worth a visit 🙂
If you want to read about our hike around Sucre in the Maragua Crater, click here!
How to get there
From La Paz, there are many companies offering night buses to Sucre. We chose the company Transcopacabana and paid 150BOB/person. The trip takes around 13 hours, depending on how much traffic jam you have in La Paz.
We stayed at the Hostelling Senor de las 3 Caidas and we really liked it. It doesn’t look like a hostel, more like a house, with a nice and big kitchen. We paid around 90BOB/night (12€) for a double room with shared bathroom.