Nestled in the southern highlands of Bolivia, Sucre is a pretty town with sunny plazas and white-washed colonial buildings, including the Casa de la Libertad, where Bolivia’s Declaration of Independence was signed. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991, the official capital of Bolivia exudes colonial charm with winding cobblestone streets, vibrant, bustling markets, quaint garden patios, and spectacular rooftop terraces. Nicknamed the ‘White City of the Americas,’ the enchanting city has several architectural gems such as the ornate Catedral Metropolitana, the Convento de San Felipe Neri, and the spectacular El Castillo de La Glorieta just outside the city. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
1.Convento de San Felipe Neri
Taking center stage in the city, the former monastery of Convento de San Felipe Neri is an impressive white-washed colonial building, boasting breathtaking architecture, a sunny courtyard, a bell tower, and a rooftop terrace with spectacular views. Once a convent and now a parochial school, San Felipe de Neri can be explored on guided tours and visitors can look out over the city from the rooftop terrace and see why the city is known as the ‘White City of the Americas.'
San Felipe Neri, 165 Nicolas Ortiz, Sucre, Bolivia, Phone: +591-46-45-43-33
The Parque Cretácico is a family-friendly dinosaur park that features a selection of 5,000 well-preserved prehistoric footprints set in a massive wall called the Cal Orck’o. The center has a small museum that displays information about the wall and the prints, as well as an extensive selection of life-size fiberglass dinosaur models. Visitors can hop on the ‘Dino-Bus’ at the Plaza 25 de Mayo and catch a free ride to the center where they get close to the footprints on a guided tour, which are offered every day except Mondays.
Parque Cretácico, Sucre, Bolivia, Phone: +591-46-43-52-40
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The city of Sucre draws students from around the globe to learn Spanish due to its relaxed, laid-back atmosphere and inexpensive classes. There are several Spanish schools around the city, and plenty of locals with which to practice and a variety of classes are available for every need from conversation to business Spanish. The Sucre Spanish School is a short walk from the Plaza 25 de Mayo, the historical city center of Sucre, and specializes in private Spanish language instruction with one-on-one and group instruction.
Sucre Spanish School: Calvo Street # 350, between Padilla and Potosí, Sucre – Bolivia, Phone: +591-46-43-67-27
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4.Casa de Libertad
Set on the central plaza of the city, the Plaza 25 de Mayo, Casa de Libertad is a museum dedicated to documenting Bolivia’s rich colonial history. The designated national memorial is famous for being the site of where Bolivia’s Declaration of Independence was signed in 1825 with the original document on display in the museum. The museum is considered the birthplace of the nation, and there are several other exhibits in the center that document the struggle for independence. Visitors can soak up Bolivian history on guided tours with friendly, knowledgeable, and entertaining English and Spanish-speaking guides.
Casa de la Libertad, Plaza 25 de Mayo, Sucre, Bolivia, Phone: +591-46-45-42-00
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5.El Castillo de La Glorieta (The Castle of La Glorieta)
El Castillo de La Glorieta (The Castle of La Glorieta) is a beautiful pink fairytale-like castle which was once the home of a wealthy mining couple and today is owned by the Prefecture of the Department of Chuquisaca. Designed by an Italian and British architect in 1893 and completed it 1897, the castle fuses Byzantine, Italian and Dutch Renaissance styles and features several interesting architectural elements such as three towers, including the octagonal, Chinese Pagoda-topped Princess tower, a Gothic chapel tower, and the Russian-inspired Prince’s tower. Other interesting features include elaborately decorated ceilings with angels, marble fireplaces, and monogrammed windows. The castle is open Tuesday through Sunday, and a free guided tour is offered daily.
Castillo de la Glorieta, Sucre, Bolivia
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6.Parque Bolívar (Park of Bolívar)
The Parque Bolívar is a European-style park nestled between two tree-lined avenues and a short walk north of Plaza Libertad that features a miniature replica of the Eiffel Tower that was built in 1906. Surrounded by beautiful colonial buildings, including the impressive Supreme Court building, the park has a large fountain that puts on an impressive aquatic display to lights and music every evening, a sizeable playground for children, a tennis club, and a small outdoor food court.
Parque Bolívar, Pastor Sainz, Sucre, Bolivia
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Cementerio General is the city’s main cemetery, which features the mausoleums of wealthy colonial families and their descendants in a maze of horizontal graves that are stacked on top of each other as is customary in South America. The immaculately maintained cemetery features elaborately designed and ornately decorated graves interspersed with arches carved from poplar trees, tall palm trees, and pristine gardens. Glass-plated shrines filled with flowers, objects, photographs, and pictures hide the countless graves, and families are usually separated with a special section for children. Beautiful stone buildings house tombs for the city’s elite and wealthy, including disgraced ex-president Hilarión Daza, who started the War of the Pacific.
Cementerio General, Sucre, Bolivia, Phone: +591-46-43-52-40
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Tarabuco Market is a lively market held every Sunday in the village of Tarabuco in Chuquisaca. Located about a two hour’s drive from Sucre, the market offers a fascinating insight into the Yampara culture, with vendors dressed in traditional garb selling beautifully made handcrafted goods. The market features an impressive array of arts and crafts, handmade clothing, jewelry, artisan textiles, and souvenirs for tourists, as well as many stalls selling everyday supplies for locals. The market is a great place to see and experience the different cultures of Bolivia as displayed by the many outfits, poncho-shirts, and hats worn by the vendors.
Avaroa, Tarabuco, Bolivia
© La Taverne
La Taverne is a charming French restaurant just around the corner from Plaza 25 de Mayo that served delectable French and European fare and fine wines in an elegant setting. Guests enter the restaurant through a small courtyard with walls painted to look like a French street and can dine in soft candlelight inside or alfresco style in the pretty courtyard. Signature dishes on the menu include perfectly grilled steaks with creative garnishings and homemade sauces, paired with an array of fine wines from around the world and handcrafted cocktails made with top-shelf spirits. La Taverne is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Monday through Saturday and dinner only on Sundays.
Aniceto Arce# 35, Sucre, Bolivia, Phone: +591-68-62-21-30
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© Condor Café
Located on the corner of Calvo and Bolivar, near the Plaza 25 de Mayo, Condor Café is a casual vegetarian restaurant that serves breakfast and lunch in a relaxed setting. The brightly decorated café shares a space with the Condor Trekkers tour agency and is a great spot to grab some lunch or sip a beer and plan an adventure. The restaurant serves an array of traditional Bolivian and international cuisine made with fresh, locally sourced and seasonal ingredients, and offers a set lunch menu featuring tucumanas and fresh salad. The café serves a selection of craft beers and great coffee and has complimentary wireless Internet.
Calvo, Sucre, Departamento de Chuquisaca, Bolivia, Phone: +591-63-74-21-33
Based next to the Plaza Recoleta on a small hill above the city, Café Mirador is a bright and airy with spectacular panoramic views over the white-washed buildings and terracotta roofs of the town. The inviting eatery serves a menu of casual fare such as beautifully presented salads, gourmet sandwiches, hearty pasta, and wood-fired pizzas, along with a selection of local and imported beers, casual wines, signature cocktails and spirits, and freshly brewed coffee.
1 Dalence, Sucre, Bolivia, Phone: +591-46-43-30-38
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© Café Monterosso
Café Monterosso is a cozy Italian restaurant that brings the rich tastes and flavors of the Mediterranean to the heart of Sucre. Tucked away in a simple residential home, the little hidden gem provides delectable Italian cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients, casual wines from around the world, and genuine Italian hospitality. The friendly Italian owner and chef serve a menu of Italian favorites like lasagna, spaghetti Bolognese, fresh seafood, prime beef and veal dishes, fresh salads, wood-fired pizza, and mouthwatering desserts. The food is paired with a selection of local and imported beers, casual wines, signature cocktails and spirits, and freshly brewed espresso and other coffee, and the restaurant is open for dinner only, Tuesday through Saturday.
Calle Padilla 70, Sucre, Bolivia
Set on the central square in the heart of Sucre, Abis Café is a popular spot for excellent coffee, freshly baked cakes, and light fare. The café is spacious and light with ample seating, complimentary wireless Internet and friendly staff, and offers a combination of international and Bolivian food ranging from fresh salads, spareribs, hamburgers, meatballs, and chicken wings. The food is paired with a selection of local and imported beers, casual wines, signature cocktails and spirits, and freshly brewed espresso and other coffee, and the restaurant is open daily.
Plaza 25 de Mayo, Sucre, Bolivia, Phone: +591-46-46-02-22
© Joyride Café
Joyride Café is a bustling tourist spot in the center of Sucre that is home to the town’s largest bar, offering a friendly, welcoming locale for hanging out and meeting people. The café and bar serve an extensive menu of international favorites such as tacos, burgers, fresh salads, pasta, and steaks, as well as a few classic Bolivian dishes, and the full-service bar offers a range of local and imported beers, casual wines, signature cocktails, and spirits. The buzzing bar offers free salsa and bachata lessons, Happy Hour, and weekly specials such as The Garage Sale when everything on the menu is offered at half price. Joyride Café is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, daily.
14 Nicolas Ortiz, Sucre, Departamento de Chuquisaca, Bolivia, Phone: +591-46-42-55-44
© Cosmo Café
Nestled on the corner of the central plaza, Cosmo Café is a great breakfast spot that serves a full English breakfast and an excellent selection of local coffee. Boasting lovely views over the busy central plaza through expansive windows that flood interiors with natural light, the café also serves a variety of international dishes with local Bolivian favorites, including fresh salads, entrées of chicken and meat, pasta dishes and desserts. A selection of wines, local beers, and coffee is served from the bar and has complimentary wireless Internet. Cosmo Café is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, daily.
25 de mayo, Sucre, Bolivia, Phone: +591-46-45-17-35
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16.El Hostal de Su Merced
© El Hostal de Su Merced
Set in a traditional, 18th-century Spanish Colonial house just a short walk from Convento de San Felipe Neri El Hostal de Su Merced is a charming family-run hotel with a lovely garden and comfortable accommodations. The hotel has well-appointed guest rooms and suites with antique furniture and crystal chandeliers, en-suite bathrooms and minibars, and elegant restaurant serves a complimentary hot breakfast buffet every morning. The hotel has a rooftop terrace where guests can relax against a backdrop of beautiful city views, and hotel amenities include a 24-hour front desk and room service and a tour desk offering sightseeing and ticketing services. El Hostal de Su Merced is a short walk away from Casa de la Libertad.
Azurduy 16, Sucre, Bolivia, Phone: +591-46-45-13-55
17.Mi Pueblo Samary Boutique Hotel
© Mi Pueblo Samary Boutique Hotel
Housed in a charming colonial mansion with an interior courtyard, Mi Pueblo Samary Boutique Hotel is a quaint hotel with simple guest accommodations, a relaxed restaurant, and a bar with a terrace overlooking the courtyard. Guest rooms and suites have dark wood furnishings, local artworks, en-suite bathrooms, flat-screen cable televisions, minibars, and private balconies with city views. A complimentary breakfast is served every morning, and hotel amenities include free wireless Internet and a tour desk offering tourist services. Mi Pueblo Samary Boutique Hotel is a short walk away from the Sucre Cathedral, Plaza 25 De Mayo, and Parque Bolivar.
Dalence 349, Sucre, Bolivia, Phone: +591-46-42-50-88
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© Hotel Monasterio
Hotel Monasterio is an elegant hotel housed in a 16th-century colonial building in the heart of Sucre and within easy reach of several of Sucre’s top attractions such as Plaza 25 De Mayo, Convento de San Felipe Neri, and Liberty House. The hotel offers beautifully appointed guest rooms and suites with period décor, en-suite bathrooms, and modern amenities such as cable television, minibars, central heating, and complimentary wireless Internet. The hotel serves a delicious buffet breakfast, and services include rooms service and a 24-hour front desk, a whirlpool, laundry and shoe-polishing services, a business center and secretarial services, and a tour desk.
Calvo Nº 140, Sucre, Bolivia, Phone: +591-46-41-52-22
19.Hotel Boutique La Posada
© Hotel Boutique La Posada
Hotel Boutique La Posada is a laid-back downtown hotel close to the beautiful Baroque Catedral Metropolitana de Sucre, and a short walk from the bustling Mercado Central. The hotel features comfortable guest rooms with spacious sitting areas, en-suite bathrooms, and modern amenities such as flat-screen televisions, minibars, and complimentary wireless Internet. A casual restaurant with a terrace serves local and global cuisine, and a lobby lounge is an ideal spot for enjoying a drink from the full-service bar. Other hotel amenities include a business center with meeting spaces, laundry, dry cleaning and ironing services, and 24-hour front desk.
Audiencia 92, Sucre, Bolivia, Phone: +591-46-46-01-01
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20.Hotel Parador Santa Maria La Real
© Hotel Parador Santa Maria La Real
Housed in a beautifully preserved colonial-style building dating back to the 18th Century, Hotel Parador Santa Maria La Real is a stylish retreat overlooking Plaza 25 De Mayo with deluxe spa facilities and a fully-equipped fitness center. Warmly decorated guest rooms and suites have period décor, and en-suite bathrooms and modern amenities include whirlpool tubs, flat-screen televisions, minibars, and private balconies with lovely views. A rustic restaurant serves local and global cuisine, a chic bar, and lounge with vaulted brick ceilings offer a wide range of libations, and a full-service spa has a hot tub, a sauna, and massage services. A complimentary buffet breakfast is served every morning in the restaurant or via room service.
Bolivar, Sucre, Bolivia, Phone: +591-46-43-95-92
20 Best Things to Do in Sucre, Bolivia
- Convento de San Felipe Neri, Photo: streetflash/stock.adobe.com
- Parque Cretacico, Photo: dvrcan/stock.adobe.com
- Learn Spanish, Photo: nito/stock.adobe.com
- Casa de Libertad, Photo: saiko3p/stock.adobe.com
- El Castillo de La Glorieta (The Castle of La Glorieta), Photo: Mark/stock.adobe.com
- Parque Bolívar (Park of Bolívar), Photo: hanohiki/stock.adobe.com
- Cementerio General, Photo: Matias/stock.adobe.com
- Tarabuco Market, Photo: tan4ikk/stock.adobe.com
- La Taverne, Photo: La Taverne
- Condor Cafe, Photo: Condor Café
- Cafe Mirador, Photo: seiler/stock.adobe.com
- Cafe Monterosso, Photo: Café Monterosso
- Abis Cafe, Photo: monster_code/stock.adobe.com
- Joyride Cafe, Photo: Joyride Café
- Cosmo Cafe, Photo: Cosmo Café
- El Hostal de Su Merced, Photo: El Hostal de Su Merced
- Mi Pueblo Samary Boutique Hotel, Photo: Mi Pueblo Samary Boutique Hotel
- Hotel Monasterio, Photo: Hotel Monasterio
- Hotel Boutique La Posada, Photo: Hotel Boutique La Posada
- Hotel Parador Santa Maria La Real, Photo: Hotel Parador Santa Maria La Real
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