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Sucre, the country's judicial capital, is now well and truly on the visitor radar. And understandably so. Set in a green valley, this refined and dazzling white colonial city is small enough to provide a genuine taste of Bolivia, yet large enough to keep you happy for days, and in style. It boasts numerous churches, wonderful cultural museums and regular festivals and parades. Accommodations can be found in renovated colonial mansions. The city's eateries include an intoxicating blend of authentic comedores (food stalls), trendy open-air cafes and night clubs. The flower-filled central plaza is one of the most pretty in Bolivia, and a ...

Sucre, the country's judicial capital, is now well and truly on the visitor radar. And understandably so. Set in a green valley, this refined and dazzling white colonial city is small enough to provide a genuine taste of Bolivia, yet large enough to keep you happy for days, and in style. It boasts numerous churches, wonderful cultural museums and regular festivals and parades. Accommodations can be found in renovated colonial mansions. The city's eateries include an intoxicating blend of authentic comedores (food stalls), trendy open-air cafes and night clubs. The flower-filled central plaza is one of the most pretty in Bolivia, and a great place to people-watch. Although touristy, the Sunday textile market at nearby Tarabuco is fascinating. More recently, Sucre has become the jumping off point for many cultural and outdoor adventures in the surrounding Cordillera de los Frailes. Here, visit indigenous villages, or go hiking, white-water tubing or mountain biking.

Kate Armstrong
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Kate Armstrong is coauthor of Lonely Planet's Bolivia, South America on a Shoestring, Mexico, Greece, and South Africa.

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Climate

  • Best Time to Visit:

    Any time — the most rain falls in January and February.