A historic city full of colonial charm, culture and bustling markets; Sucre is a feast for the senses.
Nestled in a valley surrounded by mountains, Sucre is an excellent example of Bolivia’s rich colonial history. Spend an afternoon in the sunshine, wandering through the immaculate parks of the city before visiting local markets to sample some of the freshest and most authentic Bolivian food you can find, or step back in time to when dinosaurs walked the earth with a visit to the Parque Cretacico, where hundreds of prehistoric footprints are preserved.
Known for its typically mild climate, there is rarely a bad time of year to visit Sucre. Sheltered by the mountain ranges that encircle the city, even the thunderstorms that roll through the valley during wet season create a spectacle not to be missed. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991, Sucre is a great example of colonial architecture with its whitewashed buildings topped with terracotta coloured roofs. Stroll through the streets to discover hidden gems around every corner, from quaint churches and rows of terraced housing with pretty balconettes, to grand government buildings decorated with large pillars and intricate carvings. With breathtaking cathedrals dominating their surrounds, the architectural delights of Sucre are something you will never tire of.
For those seeking out the culinary delights of Bolivia, there is no shortage of wonderful cafes and restaurants to choose from in Sucre. The stunning backdrop of the city and surrounding mountains mean you can spend hours enjoying delicious local cuisine in a friendly and laidback setting, with the most beautiful landscape on the horizon. The fresh, brightly coloured fruit from the local markets can be a wonderfully refreshing treat, before tucking into a Salteña (a traditional breakfast pastry), which are readily available from street vendors and most eateries.
Travel just 5km from Sucre to the Parque Cretácico for a fascinating encounter with ancient Dinosaurs. Here, hundreds of footprints from a variety of species can be viewed up close with the help of a guided tour. This unique discovery centre also houses a number of full-size replicas of the enormous creatures that lived in the region millions of years ago, fossils that were found onsite and a fascinating museum brimming with information.
The Metropolitan Cathedral
This ornate church is an impressive structure and a must-see while in town. Situated in the corner of the main plaza, this Catholic place of worship is beautiful both inside and out, well worth exploring before paying a visit to the museum. Here you will be enchanted by the plethora of religious artefacts, the most beguiling of all being the Virgin of Guadalupe, which can be found within the cathedral itself.
Enjoy the hustle and bustle of Mercado Central. Located not far from the Central Plaza, this busy market is bursting at the seams with fresh produce, begging for you to try the chorizo that the region is famous for, take in the brightly coloured fruits and enjoy the aroma of freshly baked bread. Test out your Spanish while haggling to get the best possible price, before finishing the day off with a freshly squeezed fruit juice.