Everybody we met loved Sucre, the white colonial era buildings, museums and churches.
The moment we got out of the cab I knew me and Sucre wouldn’t be doing the slow dance.
I guess it just couldn’t live up to the charm of laid-back, hippy Samaipata.
There was no spark, no feeling of being pulled in.
Being sick yet again and a visit to the hospital might have contributed to the fact :(.
Photos from Sucre were telling a whole different story.
I felt they somehow captured the city’s essence, the simple and mundane.
What a charming and beautiful place! Was this the same Sucre we’ve been to?
Did the camera catch something I missed altogether?
Can you love the photos from a city you didn’t fall in love with?
Scrolling through the gallery over and over again might change my mind about Sucre after all 🙂
What to see in Sucre:
Our first big market in Bolivia and my highlight of the city.
Not the market I would have imagined…think of one big market hall (which was closed when we visited) and a bunch of little shops, street cart vendors and eateries stretching for several blocks around.
I loved the hustle…cholitas yelling prices from the top of their lungs, competing for customers.
My eyes feasted upon the myriad of colors…ladies in traditional clothing proudly walked the streets, their lush black hair, braided and decorated with beads and pom-poms swaying with the movement.
Cholitas finally rewarded me with smiles as I greeted them with “hóla mamita”. It was a joy to walk, explore and haggle.
HOW: we caught a public bus on the corner Batalla de Junín/Avenida H. Siles.
You can get there with many different buses – a sign on the glass will say “Mcdo Campesino”. Use an app to track your progress or tell them to notify you when you need to get off.
COST: 1,5BOB per ticket sp 3BOB return per person.
From the Plaza just walk up Calle Grau.
This walk was very easy and rewarded us with some nice views of the city.
The little plaza up there was so fotogenic – for all I know it could have been a little Mexican village from a hollywood production.
Parque Simón Bolívar
There is more to Sucre than just Plaza de Armas.
A lot of our photos were taken at this huge park and the nearby playground.
It’s a four blocks walk from the main Plaza and features a tiny Eiffel Tower if you haven’t been to Paris yet!
- Tarabuco market outside of town
- Dinosaur footprints (if you’re a fan these are supposed to be better than the ones in Toro Toro)
- Museums and churches
Where to sleep:
We’ve been somewhat unlucky in Sucre…we arrived early and none of the hostels we’ve been to had a free room.
Not wanting to wait for people to check out we ended up at Hostal Pachamama (100BOB for a double with private bath). Unfortunately we can’t really recommend the place, the owners were really unfriendly, the room was never cleaned and warm water was a joke.
Othe places you might want to check out:
- 7 Patas on Calle Río Loa
- Case de Huespedes Isabella (only privates) on Calle Camargo
- The Beehive on Eduardo Avaroa
- Colors Hostel on the corner Nicolás Ortiz/Pantaleón Dalence
Where to eat:
We mostly cooked ourselves as vegetarian food was rare at the Mercado Central.
You can go up the stairs to the Comedor at the market, they mostly all serve the same fare for the same prices.
On weekends there are a bunch of street vendors on the block around the market.
Heli was gorging himself on cake one long lovely weekend :).
Check this post from the SucreLife blog about vegetarian restaurants in Sucre.
Cafe Condor seemed a little overpriced and when we went looking for Salteneria Flores it just wasn’t open – some luck!
Potosí: we shoped around the bus terminal and took a collectivo for 30BOB per person. It took us between 2,5-3hrs.
There are direct overnight buses to La Paz, Santa Cruz, Oruro and Cochabamba.
To get to Tupiza, Tarija and Uyuni you apparently need to change buses in Potosí.
A taxi to/from the bus station should cost around 7-8 BOB depending on your negotiating skills.
Have you been to Sucre, what did you thing about the white city?
Safe travels, H&M