Located in the south-central part of Bolivia, Sucre is the constitutional capital of the country which quickly became one of my favourite cities on this trip.
Sucre was mainly built by the Spanish during the colonial era and it is therefore often called, The White City, due to its colonial style houses and structures that encompass the city center, all painted white. This is partially why I fell in love with Sucre! The architecture is stunning and makes you feel like you’re walking down a quaint European city (with the buzz of South America of course!).
I spent a good 2 days here, en-route to The Salt Flats and thoroughly enjoyed its relaxed atmosphere; it was a welcomed break after the hustle and bustle, traffic and pollution (not to mention Death Road!) of Laz Paz. Despite being so rich in history, it’s a fairly modern city with much of the amenities of the developed world.
I arrived in Sucre early in the afternoon and after a quick stop at my hotel (Hotel Independencia) to drop off my bag, I headed out to explore the city. My hotel was very conveniently located right next to Plaza 25 de Mayo which is the city’s main square with a beautiful park in the middle and outlined with several shops, restaurants, cafes, banks and tour operators. I found my way to the city’s central market, selling everything from fruits and vegetables to meat, spices, toiletries and ceramic goods. Busy and packed with locals carrying out their usual routines – the market was vibrant and full of life!
In the evening, I made my way up-hill to La Recoleta which is a monastery overlooking the entire city! There is a long corridor at the entrance which opens up to a beautiful square containing a church and convent. Make sure you come here during sunset for some amazing views! Right next to the monastery is probably one of the best Italian restaurants I’ve been to (and yes, I have been to Italy!): Cafe Gourmet Mirador. Not only is the view to die for, their fresh, homemade pasta is cooked to perfection! This was surely one of the best meals I had in South America!
The next day was spent at the Dinosaur Park which believe it or not, is one of the main attractions of Sucre and is the largest paleontological site in the world! There is a gigantic limestone cliff (which once lay flat but rose up due to movements of the tectonic plates) displaying over 5,000 very well preserved dinosaur footprints. The park is a must see if you want to learn about the fascinating history of dinosaurs in this part of the world and how well the footprints survived millions of years.
My last night in Sucre was spent in a traveller hotspot, Joy Ride Cafe . The food was pretty mediocre but the entertainment after dinner is what you should go for. On Tuesdays and Thursdays there are free salsa lessons at 10 pm followed by a full on night club with blaring Reggaeton!
Another place of note where you can grab some good sandwiches and freshly made juice is Abis Cafe, located in Plaza 25 de Mayo.
Sucre is definitely a must-do for those travelling through this part of the world; trust me, you will need this time out!
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