SUCRE

For colonial charm, quaint Iberian-style architecture, and innumerable pretty churches; Sucre is the best in Bolivia.

Due to its central location and relatively high altitude, this genteel city enjoys a balmy temperate climate all year round which lends itself nicely to wandering the photogenic cobbled streets in search of a quaint local coffee house or historic landmark. One of Bolivia’s capital cities (Sucre shares this honour with La Paz), the Supreme Court is located here, along with the Casa de la Libertad where the Bolivian declaration of Independence was signed in 1825. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991, the whitewashed historic centre of Sucre boasts a wealth of fascinating colonial mansions and monasteries sheltering exquisite courtyards and engaging museums on the history of the region.

Top picks in Sucre include the stunning Baroque cathedral, the Museum of Indigenous Art, the Gold Museum and the pretty main Plaza. For a fabulous day out with the family, hop on a bus from Sucre’s main square and head out of town to the remains of an abandoned quarry where workers unearthed one of the world’s most extensive trails of preserved dinosaur footprints. The complex now houses a fun museum with life-size model dinosaurs, and incredible views of the quarry where the footprints of these prehistoric beasts have been preserved for posterity.

WHERE TO STAY

Our favourite luxury hotels

Hotel Parador de Santa Maria, Sucre, Bolivia

Hotel Parador de Santa Maria

Whilst perhaps considered less luxurious than during its colonial zenith, the Parador de Santa Maria offers comfortable and elegant accommodation in the picturesque Bolivian city of Sucre.

Hostal de su Merced, Sucre, Bolivia

Hostal de Su Merced

Housed within an exquisite, traditional Spanish colonial residence, this welcoming family-run property is a mere 6-minute walk from the Casa de la Libertad where the Bolivian declaration of independence was signed, and Sucre’s many other unmissable tourist sites.