Sucre “Charcas” – Bolivia

Posted: July 20, 2011 in Bolivia

Proud, genteel Sucre is Bolivia’s most beautiful city, and the symbolic heart of the nation. It was here that independence was proclaimed, and while La Paz is now the seat of government and treasury, Sucre is still Bolivia’s judicial capital. A glorious ensemble of whitewashed buildings sheltering pretty patios, it’s a spruce place that preserves a wealth of colonial architecture.

Getting here was rather a different story as there has been torrential rain for 48 hours, turning the normally already rugged and treacherous mountain pass into an exercise in “vehicluar water ski-ing.”

Our ONE comfort break for stretching legs, toileting and sustenance was at a small town in the middle of nowhere, providing what can only be described as the MOST BASIC TOILET FACILITIES I have ever seen… oooow yes and the stunk! I washed my hands twice with the soap I carry with me at all times. Didn´t fill me with confidence to try their food so plumped for a bottle of coke!

I am pretty sure the bus driver was in complete control of the bus at all times, but I will be honest in saying that the two major skids under breaking, taking us to the edge of a sheer cliff did get my heart racing a bit. After that, the two lorries that lost traction and slid backwards downhill nearly colliding with us meant I barely raised an eye brow! Factor in several rock/mud slides completely blocking the road meant detours down steep goat trails, narrow (just wider than the bus) pot holed chicken lanes, crossing bolders and rivers at great pace (I assume the driver was unsure if we could make it) and it all made for an interesting 17 hours.

Thursday sight seeing/urban hiking, details from my visitors guide to the city:

  1. Cementerio Municipal, the enthusiasm surrounding Sucre’s Cementerio Municipal seems disproportionate to what’s there. There are some arches carved from poplar trees, as well as picturesque palm trees and the mausoleums of wealthy colonial families, but it’s a mystery why it should inspire such local fervor. To enliven the experience, visit on a weekend when it’s jam-packed with families, or hire one of the enthusiastic child guides for a few bolivianos
  2. Cathedral Church, it is the largest religious monument of Charcas. It erected canonically as the Cathedral Church of Charcas or La Plata on June 27, 1552 by “Super Bull speculates Mantis Ecclesiae”, issued by S. Julio III. Its construction concluded completely in 1712. The Renaissance style of the original design was later enriched aggregates mestizo baroque and baroque.
  3. La Recoleta, a historic site where it founded the Villa de Plata. It is currently surrounded by the lookout built in 1979. One of the most important public spaces and urban tourism in the city, its location in the foothills Churuquella allows a full view of the city center and its surroundings, as well as preserve the image features available to it a few centuries ago. There is peace, tranquility and also serves as a study. On one front is the convent of La Recoleta, you can also watch the sundial and the center of the plaza Pedro Anzures, the source called “La Peregrina” makes by Martin de Oviedo in 1630 – I found a REALLY cool cafe here where I had a sandwich and salami/cheese sandwich for lunch before climbing the hills to the south-east.
  4. The Hills Sica-Sica and Churuquella, located southeast of the city at the foot of them founded the Villa de Plata, etymologically derived from two Quechua voices: worm of red hair and snail loose, according to folklores Antonio Paredes Candia. They are the hills that custodians of the city and mountain also known as male and female mountain due to present the same structure- Quite a walk considering the the altitude, a climb from 2,380 to 3292 metres above sea level

Lots of miles covered today!


  1. Katariina says:

    Yep!…sounds about right. 🙂 Recognise the toilets and antibac hand gel..

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