As the silver industry waned in importance, power shifted from Sucre to La Paz, and 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 here. This remains a contentious issue for Sucreños.
Sucre today has become a more conservative city, as the old wealth and power of the city is threatened by the Evo Morales government and its plans for reform and wealth redistribution. During the 2009 referendum Sucre voted emphatically against Morales’ proposed new constitution. Morales remains a very unpopular figure in the city.
* Buses leave hourly for Potosí and take 3-4 hours (you can also take a taxi for about 35Bs per person, it will take about two hours and the driver will go very very fast).
* All other destinations are an overnight ride away. Buses to La Paz or Cochabamba take about 12 hours. Buses to Santa Cruz take about 14 hours and pass through Samaipata.
* The roads out of Sucre are fairly rough, with the exception of the road to Potosí, which you also take to reach Oruro or La Paz. For this reason think hard about upgrading to a semi-cama or full cama bus. The overnight normal bus to Cochabamba is definitely not fun.* Tickets generally only go on sale the day that the bus will depart, so to be sure of getting a seat you need to arrive at the terminal before midday. Many tour agencies will offer to book tickets ahead for you, but understand that this is not how things are normally done in Sucre, so expect to pay more, and make sure you check whether you need to redeem the ticket from the agency for a ticket from the bus line.* Whichever route you take or level of bus you opt for, do not expect to find a toilet on board. Do expect the bus to stop in the middle of the night somewhere close to a cheese vendor.
Since the government of Bolivia pulled the plug on the national carrier, Lloyd Aero Boliviano, no international airlines currently serve Sucre's Lajas Tambo airport. Aerosur
[http://www.aerosur.com], a domestic carrier, operates flights to Santa Cruz, La Paz, and Cochabama. TAM is a cheaper alternative to Aerosur, and also flies to all the major cities. Also Boliviana de Aviación (BoA) provides flights via their hub in Cochabamba.
The airport is about 10 km from the center. Transportation to the center is either by taxi (Bs. 30) or by Micro. Micros do not drive up to the airport but only pass by it. Walk to the road passing by the airport, cross it, and wait for Micro 1 which is going to Av. Hernando Siles for Bs. 2. The airport is notorious for closures in inclement weather. Sometimes no flights arrive or depart for several days! It is always worth checking ahead before arriving as the airport has limited waiting areas. It does have several shops, including a shop selling the chocolate the city is locally famous for.
* '''Cal Orkco''' is a collection of ''dinosaur footprints'' impressioned on a 70 degree wall of a cement quarry, which used to be a lake floor. To visit it take the Dino Truck at 9:30AM, 12:00AM or 2:30PM from the corner of Plaza 25 de Mayo. The guided visit takes about 2 hours and cost 30 Bs.
* <see name="Casa de la Libertad" address="Aniceto Arce" directions="Central Plaza" phone="+591 4 6454200" price="15 Bs, +10 Bs for camera">This museum is housed in a well restored and maintained convent from the colonial era. The chapel was the meeting hall where Bolivian independence was declared on 25 May 1825. The museum includes a number of paintings and objects related to Bolivian history, especially to the independence movement and the struggles breaking away from Spanish domination.</see>
* <see name="Museo Textil Etnografico ASUR" alt="" address="Calle San Alberto 413" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.bolivianet.com/asur/museoin.htm" hours="Mon- Sat 0830- 1200; 1430 - 1800" price="16 Bs">Regional textiles, some works for sale.</see>
Sucre is generally known as a great city to kick back in. It is a popular place for people to study Spanish or volunteer, and many who visit end up staying for far longer than expected. While the city centre can be seen in a day (add another day or two if you like museums, churches, cafes, or moving slowly), the surrounding countryside is rich is other attractions, from traditional villages to dinosaur footprints to trekking through the mountains of the Cordillera de las Frailes.
* Plaza 25 de Mayo is the heart of Sucre, surrounded by the Cathedral, the office of
Prefecture, the town hall, the historic Case de la Libertad, as well as a swag of restaurants and bars. Get a shoe shine (don't think by wearing flip-flops you will deter the shoe-shine kids), use the free wifi, grab some snacks, or just watch the world go by. The lion-flanked statue is of Mariscal Jose Antonio Sucre, Simon Bolivar's right hand man and the first president of Bolivia.
* Sucre is a popular place to learn Spanish and to volunteer. There are many Spanish schools and volunteer projects including the Sucre Spanish School [http://www.learnspanishSucre.com] or the Fox Language Academy[http://www.foxacademysucre.com] Fox state that fifty percent of the study fee at Fox goes towards paying for Bolivians to learn English but Fox's contribution to helping kids learn English is a little disputed, due to questions over management. Fenix,[http://www.fenixbolivia.com] a few blocks away from Fox, is a Bolivian owned and managed not-for-profit school that is an excellent alternative. Prices are the same as Fox, but the teachers are better-paid and highly experienced and the funds are put to use appropriately, all the money goes towards helping needy causes in the community. They focus on conversational spanish and making lessons fun. There are plenty of activities like cooking classes, dance classes and wolleyball games. Fenix also offer a variety of volunteer projects including with the elderly, orphans and disabled. They have a facebook page [http://www.facebook.com/fenixsucre] email: [email protected]
and the address is Calle Miguel Angel Valda No. 61 (2nd Floor)
* Walk up calle Dalence, Grau or Calvo from the central plaza to la Recoleta. Although there are often events here, as well as a church and museum, the main attraction is definitely the view of Sucre from the Mirador cafe. The drinks and food here are better than most and not overly expensive. Adjacent Hotel Kolping also has excellent views and a lunch buffet.
* Take a stroll in '''Parque Bolivar''', the city´s favourite lovers´ hangout. Just don't step on the grass. At the upper end of Parque Bolivar stands Bolivia's supreme court
At the lower end is estacion Aniceto Arce, Sucre train station which is currently not in use. If you don't get your fill of old trains in Uyuni, there is another one within the station precinct. Ask permission from the token security guard before you enter, as there is a guard dog here (although she is usually playing with her puppy).
*Go for a hike to "7 Cascadas" (7 Waterfalls), 8km NE out of town. Take a taxi from Sucre to the tiny village of Alegria for 20 Bs, then walk the remaining 3km. Or negotiate for the driver to take you all the way. Bring food, water, towels, bathing suit, suunscreen as there are no services nearby. The waterfalls make for a pleasant day-trip. You can hike around (wear sandals not shoes, as the path crosses streams) and swim in the natural pools. Please note that as of October 2010 this site was closed due to frequent robberies in the area. Ensure you check with locals before travelling.
Fenix Spanish School
. Very reasonably priced one-on-one lessons often incorporating Bolivia's interesting history and culture. This school hosts free english lessons to locals and the teachers are treated well and it's evident in their enthusiasm. Cooking classes and fun activities also offered. Calle Miguel Angel Valda Nº 61, 2nd floor, Sucre. +591-4-64-57101. [email protected]
Me Gusta Spanish
. A great spanish school in the centre of town, Fernando and Ely can tailor the course to your needs depending on your level of spanish. Private one on one, couples or group lessons can be arranged. Reasonable priced and promotional discounts available. Also offering Cooking classes, Futsal, poker and various other out of school activites. Home Stay can be arranged for the full bolivian culture experence. , Calle Junin #333 phone: +591-60327721,
], [email protected]
fairly new school
enthusiastically run by sisters Patricia
Calle Olañeta Nº 224
* Fox Language Academy [http://www.foxacademysucre.com/] * LearnSpanishSucre [http://www.LearnSpanishSucre.com/] * Spanish4You [http://www.spanishsucre.com/] * Sucre Spanish School [http://www.SucreSpanishSchool.com/]
* Private teachers: Pepe Arce
[[email protected] ]
, Cheryl Zegarra
[[email protected] ]
*CENTRO DE APOYO INTEGRAL A LA MUJER. JUANA AZURDUY, A center for helping women and rape victims, Casilla #799
*HOSPITAL PSIQUIATRICO, Psichiatric Hospital
, They organize treks around Sucre, in which tourists are accompanied by a local guide and a volunteer, Loa #457, http://condortrekkers.org/*REVISTA INTI, The Inti magazine
*REALIDADES: small NGO working with indigenous minorities, human and children rights, located in Barrio Petrolero (Estados Unidos #600), http://www.realidadesbolivia.org/
Locally knitted sweaters, scarves and related items are a good bargain, especially those made from alpaca wool.
Sucre is also famous for its chocolates
, and those sold by Chocolates Para Ti [http://chocolatesparati.com] are probably the best . Chocolates Para Ti chocolates are a tasty souvenir available at several shops near the central plaza and at the airport.
* <eat name="Bohemo´s" alt="" address="Junin 433" directions="Adjacent to central market on the former Peatonal" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="4 course lunch 15 Bs"></eat>
*<eat name="El Germen" alt="" address="San Alberto 231" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Serves a fusion of delicious Bolivian and German cooking. All lunch specials (18Bs) are vegetarian, but you can order meat dishes from the menu (menu dishes take a lot longer to come). Also has great desserts. The restaurant fills up quickly for lunch, so arrive early.</eat> *<eat name="Freya" alt="" address="Loa 751" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Located within a gym, Freya serves up
healthy, tasty vegetarian lunch specials (12Bs). The staff are very friendly and lunch is served until later than other vegetarian options. Food hit-or-miss sometimes and generally not as great as El Germen, but it is a lot cheaper. </eat>
*<eat name="Florin" alt="" address="Bolivar 567" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Serves a mix of Bolivian and international dishes, including shwarma, Thai and an Indonesian feast for two (or more). Great coffee, fantastic krocetten and good fast WiFi. Also doubles as a bar with live music. Cosy and great atmosphere, though it's reputed by some locals as the source of a few food poisoning cases.</eat>
*<eat name="Pizzeria Napoli" alt="" adress="Calle Argentina" directions="" phone="46452707">Great pizza. Prices range for 25 a (rather small) medium to 55 a big one. Open in the evenings only. Take-away and home delivery.</eat>
* '''Hotel Parador Santa Maria la Real''' [http://www.parador.com.bo], This singular hotel with past, history and art in every room
so different and original ,
occupies a house since the
century. It was renovated but
conserves its structure and constructive details intact with meticulous restoration. Bolivar street # 625, email [email protected]
Aniceto Arce 599
Clean hostel built around a garden
. Electric warm water
. Free wifi available in the
most of the rooms
/Matrimonial 90 Bs. Recommended by condortrekkers.org
'''Hostal Cruz de Popayan''' ( also ''Backpackers Sucre Hostel'') [http://www. hotelsucre.com ], Calle Loa 881 esq Colón, email firstname.lastname@example.org , Phone (4) 6440889, www.hotelsucre.com. Located in a 17th century colonial house. Comfortable beds. Laundry service ( 8Bs kilo, but dried by the sun so could take a while), bookswap, breakfast included in the price (tea/coffee and some bread) but staff not overly friendly. Don't expect the hostal to provide cooking oil, matches or salt in the kitchen, which you have to have yourself (because everyone travels with vegetable oil right?) or hope someone else has left some behind. Dormbed 40Bs / Single 80Bs / Double 140Bs
<sleep name="Amigo Hostel" alt="" address="Calle Colon 125" directions="two blocks from main plaza" phone="
4) 6461706" url="http://www.hostelsucre.com/" checkin="11AM" checkout="10:30AM" price="Single, shared bath 45 Bs, double shared bath 70 Bs, dormbed shared bath 30 Bs, breakfast included" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]" fax="591 (4
fast internet (no wifi just one computer in lobby), Spanish lessons one by one basis, no lockers only security box at lobby, gas powered hot showers. The bathrooms could do with more frequent cleaning, there seems to be
problem with drainage causing the sink to block
take a shower expect
stand in inches of water
Great hostel, just really grumpy non helpful staff
Theft from the rooms have been reported
* '''Hostal Austria''' (opposite the busterminal), is a good and comfortable place if you're looking for something close to the busterminal. Single with shared bathroom Bs.35 / with private bathroom Bs60.
* <sleep name="Hostal Charcas" alt="" address="Calle Ravelo 62" directions="One block from the square" phone="645 3972" email="" fax="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="Single, shared bath 40 Bs, with bath 70 Bs, Breakfast 7 Bs">Low pressure on hot water.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Alojamiento San Jose" alt="" address="Calle Ravelo (next to Hostal Charcas" directions="One block from the square, opposite the market" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="Single, shared bath 25/30Bs">Basic, but friendly .</sleep>
*<sleep name="Santa Cecilia" alt="" address="Calle Potosi 386" directions="" phone="4-644-1304" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">Really private 5 room house hosteria with cable and wifi in each rooms (Double or Twin), communal kitchen, TV room and courtyard. The family live next door so its as if you have the place to yourself and its just 3 streets from the plaza (5 min) 50 Boliviano per person. There is no sign outside so just ring the bell.</sleep>
*<sleep name="Hostal Libertad" alt="1 block from Main Plaza" address="Aniceto Arce & San Alberto" directions="on the corner opposite Iglesia San Francisco" phone="64-53101" url="http://www.hostallibertad.web.bo" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">Good-value hotel despite the faded rooms in need of renovation. The hotel has WiFi, cable TV, minibar, breakfast, friendly and helpful staff, and every room has a view with lots of light. Singles for 120 Bs.</sleep>
*<sleep name="Honorary French Consulate" alt="" address="Calle Dalence 383" directions="" phone="591- 643 3140" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">Well-kept secret, they notably don't advertise or list themselves in any guide books. In fact, this place isn't really a hotel, but the honorary french consulate, which also offers beautiful rooms in French style for rent. Prices can be expensive--90B for a day, but if you stay for a week, it'll be 50B/day and for a month is 45B/day (prices are for single room with shared bath). Wifi in certain area and room options range from single with shared bathroom (b/w two rooms) and common kitchen or suite with kitchen. </sleep>
*<sleep name="Hotel Villa Antigua" alt="" address="Calle Calvo 237" directions="2 blocks from Main Square" phone="4-6443437" url="http://www.villaantiguahotel.com" checkin="10.00" checkout="13.00" price="from 50 US$" lat="-19.05" long="-65.26" email="[email protected]">For really recovering from harsh trips in Bolivian Andes: New beautiful restored mansion from 1860. Spacious rooms, largest garden in Sucre, courtyard with green and fountain surrounded by pillars, several terraces with views over old city and surrounding mountains. Hotel has all facilities, restaurant, gym, WiFi all-over. Stylish and comfortable.</sleep>
*<sleep name="Casa Verde B&B" alt="" address="Calle Potosi 374, Sucre 00000 Bolivia" directions="3 blocks from the main square" phone="+591 70314611" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="27 USD" lat="" long="">A very clean, spacious, and bright hostel with a friendliest and most helpful owner named Rene. This hostel is located only 3 blocks from the main square. It has gas heated hot showers with good pressure, Wi-Fi, nice common area, cozy courtyard with a swimming pool, and fantastic breakfast! </sleep>
*<sleep name="Gringos Rincon" alt="" address="Calle Loa #743" directions="2.5 Blocks from the plaza" phone="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="35-40Bs" lat="" long="">Potentially the best hostel in Bolivia. Mike, the exceedingly friendly owner, runs a tight ship; spotless dorms, comfortable beds, hot showers, wifi, a well equipped kitchen and he will even do the laundry for a small fee. The hostel is set in a converted 3 story home complete with roof terrace looking out over Sucre and surrounding ranges.</sleep>
* There are several small book exchanges around town; try ''Bolivia Specialist'', ''Joyride Cafe'' or ''Backpackers Sucre''.
* Internet is mostly plow. Places on the central plaza are generally over-priced; you should be paying about 2Bs per hour. One of the best places for internet, and one of the few to have serviceable Skype, is on the corner of calle Calvo and calle Padilla.
* An incomplete list of places with wifi: Joy Ride Cafe, Florin, Kulturcafe Berlin, Hotel Kolping, Amsterdam, La Posada. There is also free wifi in the central plaza and in the food court
about supermarket SAS.
*There are new reports of women travelers—alone or in pairs—are being targeted for robberies in the center of town. Typically, a young man will try to start up a conversation about hotels or hostels, and claim to be staying at the same one as the target. Then a "undercover police officer" will arrive on the scene because of "passport difficulties." Never show your passport to anyone. Never get into a cab that somebody else has called for you (sometimes a "cab" is part of the setup). If you are near the central plaza and this happens to you, walk there, as there are usually uniformed police there. If you feel secure enough doing so, scream "Policía!" as loud as you can. Most people in Sucre would be more than happy to help a stranger. There are also restaurants catering to tourists where help can be found, such as Joy Ride or Florin. Some people have had all of there possessions stolen this way—including rings off of fingers.