Rooftops, Sucre, Bolivia


Unofficially referred to as ‘the city of four names,’ following numerous titles bestowed upon its rich legacy, Sucre or Ciudad Blanca, was originally founded during the 16th century by Spaniard Pedro de Anzures as Bolivia’s judicial capital city.

Sucre’s well preserved colonial buildings earned the city UNESCO World Heritage Site status in 1992. The charming Plaza 25 de Mayo dominated by its 17th-century cathedral is an excellent base from which to explore this thriving city.

Dinosaur Tracks on the Wall of Cal Orko, Sucre, Bolivia
Sucre, Bolivia

A little more about Sucre

The excellent ethnographic textile museum displays an array of colourful weavings and textiles from the surrounding villages, including Tarabuco, where a bustling indigenous market is held every Sunday. One of Sucre’s leading attractions was discovered as recently as 1994 by quarrymen who uncovered an almost vertical limestone cliff on Cal Orcko pitted with an enormous collection of dinosaur footprints. Aside from its many historical marvels, Sucre is also a prestigious university city attracting hoards of eager students from throughout Bolivia.

A stroll through its warren of cobblestone streets reveals a showcase of fine architectural styles ranging from Renaissance to Baroque periods, all whitewashed and many festooned with flowers.

Where to stay

Some of the wonderful places to stay that we frequently recommended.

Parador Santa Maria La Real £££££

  • Bolivia
  • Boutique

This delightful hotel is ideally located in the colonial city of Sucre and is set in a traditional 18th-century mansion that has been beautifully restored to its former glory. Its 40 rooms and suites are spacious and tastefully furnished with antiques, and breakfast can be taken in one of the courtyards or in the grand dining room. There is a spa with gym equipment, treatment rooms and both indoor and outdoor jacuzzis with wonderful views over the surrounding rooftops and churches. The roof terrace overlooks the city and is a beautiful spot to relax after a day of exploring the attractive city on foot.

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Hostal de su Merced £££££

  • Bolivia
  • B&B, Motel and Guesthouse

The Hostal de su Merced is located in a colonial 18th-century house full of history and offers a wealth of culture. Family run and conveniently situated in the centre of Sucre, from the terraces you can have a breathtaking view of the city.

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