With a name like La Ciudad Blanca, or The White City, Sucre feels unlike any other city in Latin America. With your first steps through Sucre, you are bound to feel as if you have left Latin America and entered the Mediterranean. Walking on cobblestone streets and passing by white colonial buildings, you will be amazed at the influence of the silver mines close by.
Long ago Sucre was heavily populated by Spaniards intrigued by the vast amount of silver in the region. Today, Sucre is heavily populated by locals and tourists from all over the world. On the edge of the Andes, Sucre holds an old history that can be seen in its museums, churches, cobblestone streets, colonial buildings, and dinosaur tracks. Continue reading to learn about must see attractions in Sucre, Bolivia.
Places To Visit in Sucre
– Parque Cretácico
If you are a dinosaur fanatic, Parque Cretácico is a must-see in Sucre. Once you have walked through dinosaur replicas, the real magic can begin. Buckle on your safety helmet and walk down the dirt stairs to the limestone wall, Cal Orck’o, which dates back 68 million years ago. Thanks to the climate in Bolivia, nine different dinosaur tracks have been made visible. These nine tracks will leave everyone with questions about the past. You won’t need a long time, but the time you have here will be incredible.
– Parque Simón Bolívar
A beautiful park, with an even more beautiful Eiffel Tower. Who would have known that going to Sucre would mean you get to see the Eiffel Tower! A mix between Central Park in New York City and Paris with the Eiffel Tower, Parque Simón Bolívar has a lot to offer. Parque Simón Bolívar has many different walking paths, exotic plants, and even weekend fairs. Relax among the locals, this is the perfect spot for a picnic during your customized trip!
Plaza 25 de Mayo
Filled with people sitting on park benches, vendors selling local snacks, and lush scenery, the main plaza of Sucre is breathtaking. Plaza 25 de Mayo is not just beautiful, it also holds a special place in every Bolivian’s heart. Surrounded by history, there is no question why most locals choose this place to read a newspaper or chat with friends on a wonderful day.
Convento San Felipe de Neri
After entering the large courtyard, you will be enchanted by the arched corridors that lead in all directions around the beautifully conserved monastery. Back in the day, Convento San Felipe de Neri was a monastery, today it houses an all-girls parochial school.
The parochial school is not the only thing that makes Convento San Felipe de Neri intriguing. Walking up to the tiled rooftop of Convento San Felipe de Neri and looking out past the bell tower one can clearly see why Sucre is called La Ciudad Blanca.
Enjoy the view at Mirador La Recoleta
Once the main plaza of Sucre, Mirador La Recoleta is a part of the Plaza Pedro De Anzures. Today, it holds a monastery, a catholic school, and the most visited viewpoint in Sucre. As a result, vendors have relocated to the viewpoint with local artisanal goods.
A highlight of all trips in Sucre, Mirador La Recoleta allows the visitor to have a bird’s eye view over the city of Sucre. After your stop at Mirador La Recoleta walk back down the cobblestone streets and discover more of the local atmosphere. Along the quiet cobblestone streets lined with colonial buildings and flowers, you will fall in love with the sleepy city of Sucre.
Casa de La Libertad
The birthplace of Bolivian independence, Casa de La Libertad possesses a rich amount of history. In hopes of preserving history, Casa de La Libertad displays the pride and joy Bolivians have for their country and its history. If you want to learn more about the history of Bolivia, the colonial architecture in Bolivia, or Bolivian culture this is where you should start in Sucre!
Catedral Basílica de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe
Yet another church, are we surprised? This is Latin America after all! Every catedral or church you see in Latin America will be stunning. Catedral Basílica de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe is more than just a beautiful architectural piece, it is also an amazing viewpoint for Sucre. At the bell tower, you can gaze out over the White City of Sucre and admire the picturesque view.
Museo del Tesoro
Walking around Sucre one cannot miss the Spaniards influence mixed with their fascination in the abundance of silver in neighboring Potosí. Today tourists indulge in these same joys of silver with the jewelry found all around the city. Museo del Tesoro or Treasure Museum is dedicated to educating travelers and sourcing local silver and stones into gorgeous jewelry. If you want to you can even see the mines where this jewelry comes from.
Need a snack? Mercado Central has you covered! Whether it is juice or local favorites, Mercado Central has everything one could need. Walk through the bright fruits and vegetables that line the market and you will find yourself mesmerized by all Mercado Central has to offer.
Mercado Central may feel like a new experience to foreigners, but the locals have used this market for over 26 years. Although it might not be a new way to shop, it is an enjoyable way to purchase all that one could need!
When To Go
Because Sucre is on a ravine along the edge of the Andes, the weather is great all year round. It is important to know that the best time to visit Bolivia is between May through October. As these months are the dry months in Bolivia, these months are also the peak of tourism season in Bolivia.
However, any time to travel to Bolivia is a perfect time! Some may choose to go directly to Salar de Uyuni (Uyuni Salt Flats), while others will stop on their way in Bolivia’s White City. Whichever you choose, Kuoda Travel will curate the perfect private journey for you through these must-see locations in Sucre, Bolivia.