Tourist information - Sucre
Sucre is the constitutional capital city of Bolivia. It is one of the oldest and most important cities of the country. Sucre is an important city because the liberty process of Latin America started here. Sucre is also knowns as Ciudad Blanca of America (America’s White City) due to the color of its buildings that are kept until now.
This is the oldest city of Bolivia. It was also known as the first site for the main intellectuals and scientists that attended one of the first and most prestigious universities in Latin America: Major University of San Francisco Xavier of Chuquisaca.
The city’s main attractions are the Glorieta Palace, the Cathedral Square, the Basilic of San Francisco Xavier, the Casa de la Libertad as well as other architectonic jewels of the colony that made Sucre be designated as Cultural Patrimony of Humanity (1991 by UNESCO).
Asur Textile Museum in Sucre which shows the dazzling beauty of the textiles from Jalq’a and Tarabuco, the complexity and depth of its ethnic-cultural creative thought, and the high-quality technique of the products.
In the surroundings of the city, there is one of the most important touristy and archaeological sites: the Cretaceous Park. It is located a few kilometers from the city. This park displays the findings of dinosaur footprints in the quarry called Cal Ork'o. Perfectly preserved footprints of dinosaurs and other pre-historical animals pre-historical were found here. This is considered as the largest site of pre-historic prints found in the world.
Another important touristy attraction of Sucre, because of its cultural value, is the Sunday Market in Tarabuco where you can see the oldest method of exchange of a culture that still maintains its traditions since the Inca times: the Pujllay; they proudly wear their costumes manufactured with ancestral processes of weaving and coloring.
- Location: South of Bolivia in the department of Chuquisaca, Oropeza province. Region of valleys in Bolivia.
- Altitude: 2790 masl
- Average temperature: 19 °C.
There are public buses that depart in the evening only (from 6:30 pm) from the La Paz bus terminal. It takes around 12 hours to get to Sucre. The second option is to take a 45-minute flight. There are daily flights with Amaszonas, BOA, TAM Militar.
The public buses depart at 7:30 and 8:30 pm from Cochabamba bus terminal. It is a 5-hour trip. You can also take a 20-minute flight with BOA and TAM Militar.
The public buses leave in the afternoon from 3 to 4:30 pm from Santa Cruz bus terminal. It takes around 12 hours to get to Sucre. You can also take a flight to Sucre with Amaszonas, BOA and TAM Militar.
The transport flows between Potosi and Sucre is permanent due to their proximity. Sucre is 3 hour away from Potosi (paved road). There is public transportation and also private tourist vehicles.
Tourist information - Potosí
Potosí is also know as “Villa Imperial de Potosí”, the richness of its colonial history starts at the hill of the magnificent and legendary mountain of “Cerro Rico” or “Sumaj Orcko” which contained the richest silver mine in the world..
In the middle of the XVI century Potosí becomes quickly a center of silver production and the most important city in all of the Spaniard colony, the fame of the “Cerro Rico” was a huge piece. This is why the city was emblazoned by emperors and kings.
During 1625 the city had a population of 160.000 inhabitants due to the immense richness of the “Cerro Rico” and its intense exploitation during the colony, its population was 3 times upon Sevilla´s, in Miguel de Cervantes´s Don Quijote of La Mancha he mentions the mines of Potosí. On the other hand the indigenous population suffered human exploitation, they were subjected to the “mita”, a slavery system which also was practiced during the Inca time.
UNESCO declared the city of Potosí as World Heritage of Humanity, this is the first official recognition that this institution made in Bolivia, the architectural patrimony is represented by many constructions of the colony: the Cathedral with a gothic style, the “Casa de la Moneda” Mint House built between 1757 and 1773, it conserves important colonial archives and it is one of the most important civil building in whole Latin América, also the Tomás Frías University. Another jewel of the city is the “Monastery of the Discalced Carmelites”, founded in 1685, since 1976 it has the Santa Teresa Museum, which is recognized as one of the best sacred museums in Latin America.
Location: South of Bolivia, the capital of the department is also Potosí in the Tomas Frias province.
Altitude: 4070 masl
Average temperature: summer 22ºC, winter 10ºC
Public buses early in the morning and at night. 9 hours trip approximately.
Public buses depart every hour. 3 hours trip approximately.
Public buses early in the morning and at night. 4 hours trip approximately.