I researched the main attractions of Sucre, the city impressed me for its tranquillity, cleanliness, and people. In fact, the Bolivian people are very affectionate.
The colonial-style of the city, which is very well maintained. Also, for the predominant color: white. Not for nothing, Sucre is known as Bolivia’s “la ciudad blanca”.
Sucre’s main attractions: history
Sucre is perhaps the city that concentrates one of the richest stories in Bolivia. It was in the white city, where Simón Bolívar proclaimed the Bolivian Republic in 1825.
Founded in 1538, Sucre is also known as “the city of the 4 names”. This is because, in addition to the current name, it has also been called Charcas, La Plata, and Chuquisaca.
In 1991, one of Sucre’s main attractions, the historic center, was declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco.
Sucre, the constitutional capital of Bolivia
Soon after independence, Sucre was declared the Bolivian capital. However, after disputes with La Paz, the situation changed. The white city retained Constitutional Power, while La Paz is home to the Executive and Legislative.
Sucre is the fifth most populous city in Bolivia, with about 300,000 residents. Of this total, around 20% are students. Not for nothing, it is said that in Sucre, one breathes a young air.
The white city is among the highest in South America, with an altitude of 2,800 meters.
What are the main attractions of Sucre?
Below, I have prepared a list of the main attractions of Sucre. It should be noted that, as it is not a big city, practically everything can be visited on foot. Take a look.
The historic center
As I highlighted above, the city’s historic center is part of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites list. Obviously, the region, in itself, is one of the main attractions of Sucre.
The center concentrates most of Sucre’s historic buildings, such as government agencies, churches, and universities. In the region, in fact, you can hardly find any building that is not white. It’s too beautiful. Even more so when you see the contrast with the orange roofs.
So, my first tip is that you walk quietly through the historic center and get used to the city. You will see that the region is one of the main attractions of Sucre.
Plaza 25 de Mayo
On May 25, 1809, a large number of Bolivians took to the streets of Sucre to demand the liberation of the country from Spanish rule. The concentration took place in the central square, which today bears the date as its name: Plaza 25 de Mayo.
Obviously, Praça 25 de Maio is one of the great attractions of Sucre. There, residents, tourists, vendors, children, and pigeons are concentrated (many of them).
The square is also the starting point for discovering other attractions in Sucre, which are located nearby.
Casa de la Libertad
For me, Casa de la Libertad is one of the main attractions of Sucre. That’s for history. In the building, Simón Bolívar declared the Republic of Bolivia (August 6, 1825). As you can imagine, it is one of the most important buildings in the country.
There, you will find personal objects of the main Bolivian liberators, as well as paintings and stories of history. The building still houses the official charter of independence, as well as the first Bolivian constitution, written by Bolívar. However, for security reasons, only faithful copies are exposed.
The admission price is only 15 Bolivianos per person, and the visit is guided in 3 languages: Spanish, English, and French. The Casa is in front of Plaza 25 de Mayo.
Metropolitan Cathedral of Sucre
When you are at Praça 25 de Maio, you will notice a tall tower full of details. It belongs to the Metropolitan Cathedral of Sucre. The Church was erected between 1559 and 1712, and currently houses the most important museum of sacred arts in Bolivia. It also features paintings by artists from the colonial and republican periods, as well as gold and silver jewelry.
The entrance fee is 30 Bolivianos, which also includes a climb to the tower. However, the hours are restricted: from Monday to Sunday, from 10 am to 12 pm, and from 3 pm to 5 pm.