When you walk through the glistening white-washed streets of Sucre, Bolivia you will feel like you are strolling back through a the Spanish colonial era of wealth and pristine. Every corner is decorated with ornamental street signs and classic architecture that will serenade you to stop at the next chocolateria and sink your sweet tooth into a delectable mouth-watering truffle. This city truly is a gleaming gem in the heart of South America.
Where to Stay
Sucre offers an array of affordable and charming accommodations. Every esquina, (corner) seemingly houses a quirky little hostel that is tucked into the niches of the city. When I went I stayed at Hostel Recoleta Sur, located just 100 meters from the historical center, this hostel offers wifi, private bathrooms, and a free breakfast that includes juicy fruits and a cup of strong mate tea. Rooms run at about $17 U.S.D. If you are adhering to a shoestring budget, check out Hostelling International Sucre, with rates running at about $7 U.S.D, this hostel offers basic beds, hot showers, and a communal kitchen space where you can run into other traveling backpackers.
Where to Eat
I am not the one to follow the ¨cookie¨ gringo trail, but if you have been on the road for awhile and eating like, to put it bluntly: CRAP, and your stomach needs a break from all the greasy street food and stale bread, then stop try Joy Ride Café. With enormous salads, strong espresso, and an upstairs terrace that turns into a lively bar at night, sure this may be a gringo paradise, but every once in awhile it´s okay to enjoy a scrumptious cup of coffee and a fancy cocktail and relish in the comforts at home.
What to Do
Sucre is a place where you can drop your backpack off, hang your hat and just take a breath. The city is filled with museums, coffee shops and miradors (look out points) that offer an easy-breezy day for travelers looking to relax in this laid-back city. Sucre is officially the nation´s capital; get a lesson in Bolivia´s rich history and visit Casa de Libertad, the official place of signing for the declaration of independence. They open at 9am and close for siesta (break) at noon, so go for a tour in the morning, and then head for up to Plaza Recoleta where you can enjoy a panoramic view the entire city and stop of at Café Mirador for a delicious glass of jugo.
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