Sucre is the judicial capital of Bolivia, seat of the Corte Suprema de Justicia (Supreme Court), and capital of the Chuquisaca department. Located in the southern part of the country, Sucre lies at an altitude of 2,800m (9,200ft). The city is a fine place to visit thanks to its well-preserved downtown area, with buildings dating from the 18th and 19th centuries.
Nestled at the foot of the twin hills of Churuquella and Sika Sika, Sucre is the gateway to numerous small villages that date from the colonial era, the most well-known of which is Tarabuco, home of the colorful Pujllay festival held there every March. In these outlying villages you are likely to find a descendant of the Spanish conquest, members of an indigenous group that still dress in their unique native clothing, which they use not only to preserve their cultural identity but also to advertise the town or region they are from.
Historically the city has also been known as Charcas, La Plata and Chuquisaca, resulting in its nickname: "La Ciudad de Cuatro Nombres" (the City of Four Names). Since most of the colonial buildings in the city center are whitewashed, the city also enjoys the nickname: "La Ciudad Blanca" (The White City). Whatever name you use, there's no doubt that it is a beautiful place to spend a little time and take a rest from your adventures.