Bolivia: Settling in Sucre


view of Sucre from Recoleta

Having reached Sucre, the Bolivian Capital (yes even I thought La Paz was the capital, however even though La Paz has all the official stuff, Sucre remains the capital city) it is time for me to put down some roots for a while.

I became more and more overwhelmed with travel weariness as I traveled through Peru and on into Bolivia. It happens from time to time and it’s ok; I’ll work through it.

People who say they never get this either have never travelled for longer than a couple of weeks or do everything in 5* luxury so that it’s just like being at home.

Sucre is an easy place to stop and catch up for a while; the altitude is at a more comfortable 2,700 metres. It has a very agreeable climate, with blue skies and warm sunny days (around 20-25 degrees) and cool-but-not-too-cold (as yet anyway) nights. It is also a relatively inexpensive place to stay.

The downside is slow internet connectivity. The wifi in my apartment is so-so. Before I moved here I stayed three nights in a hostel where the wifi was pretty much useless. It’s a problem in Bolivia generally, although I think a lot of landlords use this as an excuse. If you complain you get told ‘well this is how it is in Bolivia’.

Sucre is also known as the white city. I’ll leave you to figure out why.

You can see all the main sights of the city in one day:


The main square is Plaza 25 de Mayo


Parque Simon Bolivar, with its little mini Eiffel tower


The cemetery.  I’m not sure why every city in South America includes the cemetery as a place to visit; they do tend to all look the same.  However it is a nice place to sit in the sun if you have an hour or so to spare.


The central market.  Chaotic.


Looking out at Recoleta square.  An uphill walk of around seven blocks from the main square will get you here (or you can get bus 7; the walk back down is a lot easier)

For someone who said I was coming to Sucre to relax, I have been pretty busy. I have rented a small flat close to the centre.

I have also started Spanish class, three hours a day in the afternoons. The classes leave me completely drained.

But slowly I am recharging and getting ready for the next leg.

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  1. Hello Sarah. I love the architecture it looks lovely. I’m pleased you are putting down roots for a bit. It will give you time to recharge and focus and Sucre looks a pretty cool place. I like a cemetery lol and always try to find one …. Sad but true. I could do with you and your Spanish skills with me on my trip to Barcelona. I only know how to say two Bacardi and cokes thank you! Mind you, that may come in handy. Much love and hugs xxxx

    • Well they speak Catalan in Barca, which is like a combination of French and Spanish, so maybe you’ll have more luck with that.
      Good that you can ask for 2 drinks though, save you buying just one and wasting valuable drinking time walking to and from the bar. 🙂

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