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5 Reasons Why You Should Go To Sucre, Bolivia

January 11, 2016
view from recoleta in sucre

 

Sucre claims to be the capital of Bolivia and it is the city where the nation first asserted its independence. Quiet, laid back and removed from the bustle of La Paz, it is a place where travellers stop far longer than they originally intended.

 

Here are the 5 reasons you should go…

Relax, Disconnect and Reconnect in Sucre

View of La Recoleta in Sucre, Bolivia

La Recoleta, Sucre

If you want lively nightlife, commuters dashing to catch buses and a buzzing cultural scene, then turn back now.  Sucre is not the place for you. However, travellers who plan to stay for a day or two often struggle to drag themselves away a week or two later. Why? Sucre seduces with its sleepy charms. Spend an afternoon sitting on a bench in the Main Square. Watch as street entertainers and families emerge for their walks at nightfall. Climb the long main street to the Recoleta Convent to get views across the city. Get back online over a chat with the charming owner of the Bibliocafé Classic (while wolfing down a delicious strawberry pancake).

Welcome to the Hotel California of your South American journey! Such a lovely place, really!

 

Visit a Unique Building

View across roof of San Felipe Neri convent in Sucre

The roof of San Felipe Neri in Sucre

Take in the vista across the red roofs of the city from the unique San Felipe Neri Convent. Housing a school, you will need to go there in the afternoon during term time. Unprepossessing from the outside, photographers will swoon over the colonial architecture.  The shots of the city… This is another place to languish for the afternoon. If time permits, don’t forget to pop into the nearby Templo Nuestra Señora de la Merced. There you can climb the bell tower for more relaxation and great views.

 

Walk in the Footsteps of Dinosaurs

Footprints in quarry in Sucre

Dinosaur footprints at Cretaceous Park, Sucre

Take a bus or a taxi out to the Parque Cretácico (Cal Orck’o) just outside the city. Workmen quarrying for stone in the early 90s discovered the perfectly intact footprints of dinosaurs from the Cretaceous period. This was their watering hole and their footprints are still clearly visible in the rock face. Along with replicas of these giants, there is an informative film in the visitor centre. For the total hands-on experience, there are tours right up to the rock face. Click here to read more on my visit to this unusual attraction.

 

Learn Spanish and Get Involved In Sucre

Learn Spanish at Academia Andina, Sucre

With its relaxed, safe atmosphere and colonial charms, Sucre is many travellers’ choice destination to learn Spanish. Costs are low and there is a whole range of language schools from which to choose. For those who want to learn more about the local culture, most schools can arrange homestays. Many schools also work with local charitable organisations where students can volunteer. Academia Andina offers all the above of the above in a small, family run setting. Click here to discover more about learning Spanish in Sucre.

 

Visit the Birthplace of Bolivian Independence

Bolivian independence document in Sucre

The original Act of Independence at Casa de la Libertad, Sucre

Learn about the role the city played in the Bolivian fight for independence at Casa de la Libertad. See where great men sat, oaths were sworn and walk in the footsteps of the legendary Bolivar. Sucre, his right-hand man, gave his name to the city. Key moments in the struggle played out in this very building. Located in the Main Square, this monument should not be missed, particularly if you wish to understand local pride in the city.  After all, they still claim to be the rightful capital of the country.

 

Useful Information:

Museo del Convento de la Recoleta: Polanco 162, Sucre, Bolivia

Bibliocafé Classic: Nicolas Ortiz #50

Convento de San Felip Neri: Ortíz 165, Sucre

Cretaceous Park:  http://www.parquecretacicosucre.com/¨

Academia Andina (Spanish School) http://academiaandina.com/

Casa de la Libertad http://www.casadelalibertad.org.bo/

 

 

 

 

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8 Comments

  • Reply 1world2feet January 11, 2016 at 23:59

    Great photos!

  • Reply mukul chand January 14, 2016 at 05:55

    Great Post

  • Reply Jesper, The Biveros Effect February 14, 2016 at 20:14

    Sounds like a fascinating place and I guess that Bolivia in general is not even considered by a lot of travelers. As for me, it would be fun to go there one day, but there is so many places that I want to go to so I cannot even rank them anymore… 🙂

  • Reply IamVagabond April 17, 2016 at 12:46

    Great post and now I am adding Bolivia to my list of travel destinations. Hope to see it soon on http://www.IamVagabond.com

  • Reply corinnevail February 17, 2017 at 14:42

    Sucre sounds like my kind of place! I love quiet, watching the people on the streets, and good cafes! Thanks

  • Reply Marianne February 17, 2017 at 23:45

    Wow how cool are those dinosaur footprints!?

  • Reply Allison Fun Family Vacations February 18, 2017 at 01:55

    We have been looking for a 1-2 week Spanish immersion program for our family next year. I am pinning to come back and review later! Also, my kids would LOVE to see those dinosaur prints.

    • Reply Unlatinoverde February 18, 2017 at 08:16

      Sucre is a great base. You also have some interesting day trips in the surrounding area. Btw, http://www.sucrelife.com is a great resource for those visiting the city. Update me when you have your vacation. Happy travels!

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