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Sucre
Travel Guide

Sucre featuring tranquil scenes and a city

High in the beautiful mountains, Bolivia’s cultural capital is home to lively markets, colonial architecture and a large student population.

Known colloquially as the White City for its whitewashed buildings, Sucre is Bolivia’s constitutional capital, despite most of the nation’s administrative duties taking place in the larger metropolis of La Paz. At an elevation of about 9,200 feet (2,800 meters), the area maintains pleasant temperatures year-round, which perhaps plays a big part in the area’s comfortable, laid-back nature. Find impressive colonial architecture throughout the city. Its cathedrals, university buildings and energetic marketplaces are among its most popular attractions. In 1991 the city was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Explore the city center on foot to experience Sucre’s atmosphere. Here few people are in a hurry. Many visitors to Sucre find themselves staying for much longer than they originally intended. Meet with friendly locals at the restaurants and bars that surround Plaza 25 de Mayo, the city’s main square. Named after the date that the Bolivian War of Independence began in 1809, the square is lined by bold architecture, including that of the Sucre Cathedral.

Radiating out from the square are late-night bars that are filled throughout the week with students from Sucre’s universities. Visit the Universidad de San Francisco Xavier de Chuquisaca to see one of the world’s oldest universities. It has operated in Sucre since 1624.

Be sure to sample local sweets here in Bolivia’s unofficial chocolate capital. Find lively markets throughout Sucre, offering a glimpse of local life in the city. Shop for fresh produce at Mercado Campesino or Mercado Central. Venture outside the city to purchase Yampara textiles at Tarabuco Market.

Sucre is surrounded by natural beauty. Take daytrips to the Seven Cascades, the Maragua Crater and the indigenous village of Candelaria.

Although it is served by domestic and international airlines, Sucre also be reached by train, bus and car from within Bolivia. Accommodations are affordable and plentiful, ranging from simple guesthouses to luxury hotels. Get around Sucre on foot or by metered taxi.

Hostal Sucre
Hostal Sucre
3 out of 5
Calle Bustillos 113, Sucre
The price is $36 per night from Jun 26 to Jun 26
Situated in Sucre, this hostal is steps from National Archive and Library of Bolivia and Convento de San Felipe de Neri. Casa de la Libertad and Plaza 25 de ...
4.1/5Very Good! (43 reviews)
"Centrally located close to main plaza. Friendly staff. Beautiful courtyard."

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2019

Hostal Sucre
El Jardin De Su Merced B&B
El Jardin De Su Merced B&B
3 out of 5
Calle Calvo 562, Sucre, Chuquisaca
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $50 per night from Jul 1 to Jul 1
Situated in Sucre, this bed & breakfast is within a 5-minute walk of Museum of Indigenous Art and Museo de la Recoleta. Museo de Santa Clara and Museo Universitario ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (5 reviews)
"I had some difficulties during my trip in Bolivia and I was somehow anxious when got to Sucre. But all my worries were wiped away by the super-friendly and extraordinary helpful hostess Mrs. Carmen. She took care of me and all my enquiries regarding tours in and around the city. This is what real ..."

Reviewed on Apr 27, 2019

El Jardin De Su Merced B&B
Parador Santa Maria La Real
Parador Santa Maria La Real
4 out of 5
Calle Bolívar 625, Sucre
The price is $139 per night from Jun 27 to Jun 27
Located in the heart of Sucre, this historic hotel is steps from Museo Universitario Charcas, Capilla de la Virgen de Guadalupe, and Catedral Metropolitana de ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (76 reviews)
Beautiful hotel with good service
"The view of the junior suite was amazing. The service was impeccable. The owner was on the property quite often to offer even better service. The restaurant was amazing. The food was very good! I was surprised that it was not crowded. This is a truly beautiful hotel. Any corner is good for a photo ..."

Reviewed on Feb 7, 2020

Parador Santa Maria La Real
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1 Departamento Independiente con un Dormitorio y 3 Habitaciones Independientes
1 Departamento Independiente con un Dormitorio y 3 Habitaciones Independientes
Sucre, Chuquisaca
The price is $12 per night from Jun 26 to Jun 26
Situated in Sucre, this vacation home is within a 15-minute walk of Parque Bolivar, Gran Mariscal de Ayacucho, and Convento de San Felipe de Neri. National Archive ...
1 Departamento Independiente con un Dormitorio y 3 Habitaciones Independientes
My Angeline Guest House Sucre Bolivia
My Angeline Guest House Sucre Bolivia
Sucre, Chuquisaca
The price is $12 per night from Jun 26 to Jun 26
Situated in Sucre, this vacation home is within 3 mi (5 km) of Olimpico Patria Stadium, Parque Bolivar, and Gran Mariscal de Ayacucho. Sucre Central Market and ...
My Angeline Guest House Sucre Bolivia
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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