If you want to see a place that is really authentic, not affected by the effects of globalization, and very unique. Sucre, constitutional capital of Bolivia… Let’s go to the city together…
The fact that the colorful Bolivian women with their bowler hats, fluffy skirts and bundles containing all kinds of things have not lost anything of their originality, their cheerful laughter and slight shyness is one of the things that make the city of Sucre special.
The city center of Sucre, which is on the UNESCO Historical Heritage List, is full of white buildings. On your inner city trip, first go to Plaza 25 de Mayo. This is where the heart of the city beats. Important buildings and fine restaurants are also lined up around the square. The most important of these buildings is the Casa de la Libertad, the Independence House. Bolivia’s independence was declared on May 25, 1825, in this building, which is actually a small chapel. Currently, it serves as a museum where you can learn about the history of Bolivia and the struggle for independence.
Places to Must Visit in Sucre, Bolivia
The must-see museum of the city is the Ethnography and Folklore Museum. This place is actually within the Museo de Charcas, which consists of three separate museums. You can get detailed information about the local culture in this museum. Among the interesting parts of the museum are mummies. Another must-see is the place where about 50 masks belonging to different ethnic groups in Bolivia are exhibited.
Let’s go to Mercado Central, the most fun place in Sucre city. Let me warn you in advance, you may need to lower your hygiene expectations a bit to enjoy this place. Mercado Central is a place where all kinds of fruits and vegetables are sold. The variety of vegetables and fruits is enormous, as Bolivia has both rainforest-filled lands and high-altitude places. The real fun part is the juice stalls lined up side by side. You can choose the fruit you want and drink delicious giant fruit juices for very funny money. Giggling with the sales aunts is also a bonus. There are also places to sell food on the upper floor. This is where the problem of hygiene comes into play, because the dishes are served partly with spoons and forks, partly by hand, in oil-sealed pans, but they are very tasty. After all, hygiene kills taste, never mind, savor delicious Sucre and Bolivian dishes.
Another touristic market place of Sucre is in Tarabuco, about 2 hours outside the city. Every Sunday, people from different ethnic groups come here to exhibit their handicraft products. You can buy wonderful textile products from this market. If you prefer local buses rather than tourist buses, you can have an extremely fun and interesting journey between Sucre and Tarabuco.. Buses full of people, sometimes chickens…
One of the things that makes Sucre special is the dinosaurs. At Parque Cretácico. In this park, where you can go with Dino Trucks departing from Plaza 25 de Mayo, a wall with real dinosaur footprints is exhibited. To go to this part of the park, you need to get a guide service. In the remaining part, sculptures of all kinds of dinosaurs are exhibited. It’s almost like a Jurrasic Park.
Another of the different parts of Sucre is the Maragua Crater. It is possible to trek on different routes in this crater area located outside the city. One of the routes leads to a cave covered with paintings, another leads to dinosaur footprints. You can get support from tour companies or you can walk on these routes yourself.
If you have time, I suggest you go to the city’s cemetery, the Cementerio General. It is quite different from the cemeteries we are used to. The tombs are located in niches on the walls. Lovers of people here can leave flowers, pictures and interesting objects on their graves. There is also a section where the magnificent tombs of rich families are located. It is also worth seeing.