Tourism in Sucre

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Sucre is the constitutional capital of Bolivia,with several sightseeing.  The city attracts thousands of tourists every year due to its well-preserved downtown with buildings 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 each March. In 1991 Sucre became a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Best Time to Visit

If you are planning a Travel to Bolivia then you must know that Sucre is beautiful to visit at any time of year, the ideal time to visit the city is in the dry season. Despite the cooler weather, this is the time when there are bluer skies and less downpours.

Top Places to Visit in Sucre

1. Cal Orcko Parque Cretacico

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 in front of the cathedral (won’t leave with less than 4 people). Note that you can only go down to see the footprints with a tour guide. If you don’t do the tour there’s a viewing platform with binoculars approximately 300 metres from the wall and some “full size” fibreglass models of dinosaurs.

2. Casa de la Libertad

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.

3. Castillo de la Glorieta

The castle looks pretty from outside but sadly most of the rooms inside are closed. Additionally, the ones which are open are completely empty / unfurnished and it’s possible to visit only one tower out of three here. Just take some photos from outside if you must go there.

4. Museo de Charcas

This museum, which is housed in a 17th-century mansion, consists of three different mini-museums: colonial art, an ethnography and folk collection, and modern art. In the Colonial Museum, most of the art dates from the 16th and 17th centuries. The museum houses paintings by the half-indigenous Melchor Perez Holguin, including his most famous work, San Juan de Dios, which has an almost perfect depiction of human hands. You’ll also find a collection of beautiful antique furniture on display.

5. Military Historical Museum of the Nation

This museum has a big collection of Bolivian and international weaponry. It is really interesting if you know a thing or two about weapens and if you can understand some Spanish. They do not offer guided tours. In their collection they have a jet engine, airplanes, miniatures, typewriters, a parachute, engines, all sorts of artillery. They also have a room dedicated to their combat history. During the Pacific war, Bolivia lost its access to the see. In the last room, you will find a roll with thousands of letters from children asking their sea back.

With a selection of excellent accommodation, a wealth of churches and museums, and plenty to see and do in the surrounding area, it’s no surprise that visitors end up spending much longer in Sucre.

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