Sucre is famed throughout Bolivia for its lovely town center, pleasant climate and laid back atmosphere. It offers historic buildings and renowned theatre as well as indigenous culture and prehistoric sites in the surrounding countryside. You will notice that the majority of buildings in Sucre are white, giving it a very clean look, and it's nickname, Ciudad Blanca, or White City.
Sucre's altitude is approximately 9,000 ft.
The population hovers around 10,000. Dialects of Spanish-Aymara and Spanish-Quechua are widely spoken.
Set in a valley surrounded by low mountains, Sucre's climate is warm and pleasant. The best weather happens during the shoulder seasons. High summer is mild in terms of temperature but is marked by significant rainfall, while winter is dry but chilly, especially at night.
Between April and November, not only is the weather great, but it's also festival season:
May: Celebration of the anniversary of the city's founding.
June: Festival of Saint John.
July: Festival of the Virgen del Carmen.
August: Celebration of the anniversary of national independence.
September: Festival of the Virgen de Guadalupe.
In 1809 Sucre spawned one of the first independence movements in South America. However, Bolivia was one of the last South American countries to gain independence, in 1825. When independence was finally established, Sucre became the capital of Bolivia.
At the end of the nineteenth century the seat of Bolivian government was moved to La Paz. Sucre remains the constitutional capital of Bolivia, but only the judicial branch of government is based there.
No international airlines currently serve Sucre's Lajas Tambo airport. Aerosur, a domestic carrier, operates flights to Santa Cruz, La Paz, and Cochabama. TAM is less expensive than Aerosur, and also flies to all the major cities. Boliviana de Aviación also provides flights via their hub in Cochabamba.
Things to see and do:
The Recoleta was erected by the Franciscans in the year 1601, and is probably the most popular and important historic place to visit. The Recoleta museum is filled with beautiful paintings made by the natives and other artists.
The Oratorio de San Felipe de Neri is the last church built during the colonial times in Sucre. Here you can climb to the roof and enjoy a magnificent sight of the "white city".
The Cathedral of Sucre: famous for its jewel encrusted Virgin of Guadalupe.
The Belvedere in front of the Franciscan Monastery is also very impressive, offering stunning views of the entire city.
The nearby town of Tarabuco is known for its market of handcrafts held every Sunday, where you can view and purchase beautiful indigenous textiles.
In Cal Orck'o, you can see the fossilized footprints of several dinosaurs. Cal Orck'o is also home to the longest trail of dinosaur tracks in the world, a 347-meter trail left behind by the dinosaur known as "Johnny Walker".
Sucre has regular hop-on buses and ubiqitous taxis. To visit some of the attractions outside of Sucre, such as Tarabuco market and the dinosaur footprints, you can take a tour bus. Plaza 25 de Mayo, (the main square) and the adjacent 5 blocks house most of the places you may want to visit.
Sucre is one of Bolivia's safest towns, but occasionally visitors are harassed by bogus police or 'fake tourists'. If you have a problem, report it to the tourist police (Plazuela Zudáñez).
Long-term visitors already familiar with the tourist sites may enjoy learning Spanish at a language school, taking art lesssons at the Casa de la Cultura, and cultural events such as film and music festivals.
Finding an apartment or house is very easy in Sucre, and there are plenty of Inmobilarios (real estate offices) to help you. Unlike in Argentina and Uruguay, you do not need to pay a hefty deposit upfront, just the first and last months rent.
Great for a visit or a low-cost, long-term stay, Sucre may also be one of the few larger cities where you can not only live off of $650 USD per month but have a little left over to take trips to other areas of the country.
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