Sucre, Bolivia provides a starch contrast to the city of La Paz. The city is quiet, slow paced, and has a much more European feeling to it than the national capital. Although Sucre is no longer the country’s capital it still remains the home to the national judicial head. The city’s downtown is home to some very interesting architecture that has a much more Spanish colonial feel to it than the norm of what you would find in the rest of the country. On top of all the city has to offer, the outlying regions are a natural playground offering opportunities that would make an adventurer jealous.
Time needed: 2-4 days
Budget: 25-35 US$ a day
Things to do in Sucre
- The Plaza: The city’s main plaza is the center of activity in Sucre. This is where you will find the main cathedral, the museums and the judicial plaza. The buildings of the plaza all have very interesting stonework and are quite photogenic.
- Paragliding: Paragliding can be organized in Sucre, however you generally need to book 3 days in advance since the guides have to bus in from either La Paz or Cochabamba. The price is resonable (about 40US$) and the views are spectacular.
- Mountain Biking: There are a number of different routes to mountain bike in the area and they are all very good. You can organize a guided tour via a place called Joyride, which is on one of the corners of the plaza.
- HIking: Most people think that the Inca trail relates to the section that runs from Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu. However, the truth is that there are Inca trails that run all the way from Colombia to Northern Argentina and Chile. There is a very beautiful section near Sucre that will offer great views and some interesting ancient rock paintings. If you’re up for a guided hike, Joy ride can organize this as well. There is also a signup list in the Joyride for people looking for hiking partners.
- Horseback riding: This is one of the great options in Sucre. You will take either a taxi or public bus just out of town to one of the local ranches where you will be led on a nice wander through the hills of the surrounding area. This is not a follow the leader type ride and you will have no problem feeling like a true Bolivian Cowboy or girl. Inquire at Joyride.
Where to Eat in Sucre
In the plaza there are a number of good places to eat. On sit down restaurant right on the plaza is called Los Balcones and is very good. There are also pizza places nearby. The hot spot in town is the bar/restaurant owned by the same company that runs all the tours. The Joyride Cafe, which sits just down the road from their tour office has great food, cheap drinks and turns into a fun bar later on. They also play movies every night, you get a ticket included if you book a tour with them. Just down from Joyride you will also find a great sushi place that doesn’t have many options but for about 7US$ you can get a great meal. If you are looking for a quick bit there are plenty of places that offer cheap empenadas.
Where to Stay in Sucre
On a little less of a budget the Hostal Sucre is a beautiful old colonial building just off the plaza that has very comfortable rooms, televisions and hot water for about 25US$ including breakfast for a single room. If you are on a budget check out the Hosteling International Sucre on Calle Guillermo Loayza which offers dorms for about 6us$ or private rooms for about 10US$ a person.
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