Sucre

Sucre is not only the constitutional capital of Bolivia but also the oldest city in the country: it was founded in 1538. Since its foundation, Sucre has been the main city of Bolivia, home to the country’s most important personalities and crucial decision-making. It is for that reason that some people consider the city as a living history museum. Located in a plain zone in the middle of the country, the climate abruptly changes between day and night.

 

The best of the city

 

The main feature of the city is, of course, its history. You can also enjoy how smoothly the past and the present reach harmony. Furthermore, you can spend the nights dancing at clubs or eating a tasteful pastry in some cafe.

 

Cultural Sites: The city has plenty of sites and buildings that have an incredibly rich history and culture. You can visit “Casa de la Libertad” (Freedom House), the “Catedral Metropolitana”,“Basílica de San Francisco”,“Parroquia de San Lázaro” (St. Lazaro Church), among others.

Sports & Recreational: Since Sucre is located at the center of the country, you can travel to many interesting and touristic locations from there, such as “Cal Orcko”, a paleontological site, or “Castillo de la Glorieta” (Glorieta Castle). You can also go to “Mirador la Recoleta” (La Recoleta Viewpoint) and enjoy a panoramic view of the city. You can and should go tracking while taking in the natural beauty of the land in “Las siete cascadas” (the Seven Waterfalls).

 

Restaurants & Stores: There are plenty of restaurants and cafes near “Plaza 25 de Mayo” (May, 25th Park). Sucre is famous for its “Mercado de Tarabuco” (Tarabuco’s Market), considered the most native or indigenous market in the whole country.

 

Museums: The museum you have to visit to understand the history of Sucre is “Museo de la Recoleta” (Recoleta Museum). There are also many more you can visit, like:“Museo Santa Clara”,  “Museo Arte Indígena Asur”,  “Museo Alfredo Gutierrez Valenzuela”), and “Museo Charcas”, among others.

Climate

 

Sucre has a dry warm weather. Temperature fluctuates between summer and winter between 5ºC to 33ºC. The coldest month is July and the hottest one is November. The cold season goes from May to September; the hot season, from October to April. You better avoid travelling in either July (the driest month) or January (the month with more rainfall).

 

How to get to Sucre

 

Since Sucre is located at the center of Bolivia, you can go by bus from almost every main city of the country. Sucre’s bus station is 15’ walking from the city center. If you are already in Bolivia you can travel by plane, the airport is called “Juana Azurduy de Padilla” and can only be used to travel within the country.

 

Reasons to visit Sucre

 

-Cultural interest: Mercado de Tarabuco, Museo Arte Indígena Asur, Catedral Metropolitana, among others.

 

-Nature: Sucre’s surroundings, Las siete cascadas, Cal Orcko and many more.

 

-Historical heritage: Casa de la Libertad, Castillo de la Glorieta, Museo de la Recoleta, among others.

 

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