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Sucre, Bolivia - The White City With Palace, Cathedral & Dinosaur Park

Bolivia travel blog by a backpacker - October 2011   » View Photoset (42 Photos)

Mark Berman, South America backpacker for nearly 10yrs!
Sucre is the official capital of Bolivia, it's a lovely city full of white colonial arquitecture. For this reason it also known as the white city
Bolivia Photo - Aniceto Arce (1824-1906) monument in Sucre, ex-president.
Aniceto Arce (1824-1906) monument in Sucre, ex-president.
and is a photographers dream. If you are a photographer the most important decision you need to make is whether to wait until a fine day to visit the city, do you want blue sky or cloudy white sky in the background of your photos? It was mainly cloudy when I was here and the whiteness of the buildings and clouds actually give for a nice effect.

Bus from Potosi

I came here from Potosi, 3hrs 30mins by bus. I looked forward to exploring the streets, parks, colonial arquitecture and monuments for which there are plenty. I found a cheap room in the center of Sucre's historical area, $5USD per person and set out on foot from there.

White City Tour

I came to firstly the church / convent El Convento y Basilica de San Francisco de Asis which was built in 1538, it is one of the most well-attended churches in the city and its interior has great artistic value. (All churches and buildings talked about in this blog are white unless otherwise stated). Across the road is a plaza with tall trees and gardens, Plazuela Santa Cruz. A monument to the founder of the university Juan de Frias-Herran (1624-1969) stands in the middle. Just a few minutes walk I came to the central plaza / park, Plaza 25 de Mayo. It has lovely gardens, flowers, trees and monuments and is surrounded by interesting structures like the cathedral and municipal buildings. The monument in the middle is that of Jaime de Zudanez de la Torre (1772-1832), a politician and hero of the independence. The other monument
Bolivia Photo - Casiano Tejeda Molina (1916-1975), favorite son of Sucre, monument.
Casiano Tejeda Molina (1916-1975), favorite son of Sucre, monument.
is of Jose Bernardo Monteagudo (1786-1825), an Argentinian lawyer, politician, journalist and revolutionary. One side of the park is dominated by 2 buildings, the Capilla Virgen de Guadalupe (cathedral) and the Palacio de Gobierno (Government Palace). The great clock tower with its many bells and statues that stands on the corner was reconstructed in 1972. A short walk from Plaza 25 de Mayo is Plaza Cochabamba, it has some nice flower
Bolivia Photo - North/west end of Parque Simon Bolivar in Sucre.
North/west end of Parque Simon Bolivar in Sucre.
gardens and is on the opposite side of the road to the church Templo de la Merced. 2 blocks north / west of here I found Plaza Zudanez with its tall palm trees on the opposite side of the road to the church Santuario de Maria Auxiliadora, which was constructed in 1592. It's a beautiful building and is not stark white in color, more like an off-white.

Walking to Parque Simon Bolivar (Park)

I walked in the direction of Sucre's big park Parque Simon Bolivar 4 blocks away. I passed a church, Capilla de Santa Barbara which seems to have turned into a hospital now, but the building is that of a church. Next to this is the Plaza Libertad with its bright colored flower beds and monument to Joaquin Gantier Valda (1900-1994), a playwright, biographer and poet. A tall white column stands in the gardens as a gift in May 1968 from the people of Buenos Aires (Argentina) to the people of Sucre. The cities theatre Teatro Gran Mariscal is on one side of the plaza and the supreme court, Corte Suprema de Justicia also nearby. Across the road from all this is park Bolivar
Bolivia Photo - Santuario de Maria Auxiliadora, beautiful church in Sucre.
Santuario de Maria Auxiliadora, beautiful church in Sucre.
with its big arched entranceway. Just through the arches a woman sold pieces of yummy cake of several types which were going fast. The park is fantastic, lots of space, lots of monuments including one of the Eiffel Tower of Paris that you can climb up. The park has many little areas that are all different from each other including a water fountain at the north / western end across the road from the old train station, Estacion Presidente Arce. A monument to Aniceto Arce (1824-1906) stands nearby, he was an ex-president of Bolivia and the founder of the city Uyuni.

Back in the Center

Heading back towards the
Bolivia Photo - Looking at Sucre through the archway, Arcos de Surapata.
Looking at Sucre through the archway, Arcos de Surapata.
center now for a 3 course lunch at a restaurant for around $4USD. Afterwards I found a stairway named after Casiano Tejeda Molina (1916-1975), he was the favorite son of the city. This stairway and monument stands at the arches, Arcos de Surapata. In the center I visited the markets Mercado Central, fruit, veg, baked sweet cakes and breads and flowers.

The Dinosaur Park

The last thing I did in Sucre was visit Parque Cretacico, this is a park that used to be a quarry. The tracks of dinosaurs were discovered in 1994, tracks of many species. You pay $30 Bolivianos ($4.30USD) to go in (locals pay $10). Inside there are a whole bunch of models of dinosaurs looking scary, the dinosaur tracks are on the opposite side of the quarry on the limestone wall
Bolivia Photo - Stone church entrance-way in Sucre.
Stone church entrance-way in Sucre.
Cal Orck'o and can be viewed from the park. I appreciate the dinosaur tracks but really this place was terrible, it's for kids. I felt really stupid walking around the gardens looking at plastic dinosaurs. I can't recommend it, don't bother unless you have children. Parque Cretacico is a 5-10mins drive from the center of Sucre, there is a small museum there also.

There are More Churches

Sucre has much more, there are many more churches - San Pablo, San Pedro, Santa Rita, Taracajoncito, San Lazaro, San Miguel, San Roque, San Sebastian, Santa Monica and San Felipe de Neri. I look forward to visiting again another time.

Bus to Potosi, then Tupiza

From Sucre I travelled 3hrs 30mins back to Potosi bus terminal and a further 6hrs through the night to Tupiza.

     

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Distances & times (if available) from Sucre (Bolivia) to:


Map location: Sucre, Bolivia. The White City because of the color of the buildings, a pleasant place, has a dinosaur park.
 A : Potosi - Bolivia 77 kms 77 kms straight distance | 3hrs 8mins 3hrs 8mins by car (166 kms) | 3hrs 45mins 3hrs 45mins by bus (166 kms) (166 kms)
 B : Uyuni to Potosi - Bolivia 144 kms 144 kms straight distance | 4hrs 32mins 4hrs 32mins by car (258 kms) | 5hrs 26mins 5hrs 26mins by bus (258 kms) (258 kms)
 C : Cochabamba - Bolivia 204 kms 204 kms straight distance | 7hrs 16mins 7hrs 16mins by car (350 kms) | 8hrs 43mins 8hrs 43mins by bus (350 kms) (350 kms)
 D : Uyuni & the Salar de Uyuni (Salt Flats) - Bolivia 225 kms 225 kms straight distance | 6hrs 11mins 6hrs 11mins by car (365 kms) | 7hrs 25mins 7hrs 25mins by bus (365 kms) (365 kms)
 E : Tupiza - Bolivia 272 kms 272 kms straight distance | 6hrs 43mins 6hrs 43mins by car (412 kms) | 8hrs 3mins 8hrs 3mins by bus (412 kms) (412 kms)
 F : Tupiza via Atocha to Uyuni - Bolivia 232 kms 232 kms straight distance | 8hrs 26mins 8hrs 26mins by car (464 kms) | 10hrs 7mins 10hrs 7mins by bus (464 kms) (464 kms)
 G : Tarija - Bolivia 283 kms 283 kms straight distance | 8hrs 8mins 8hrs 8mins by car (475 kms) | 9hrs 45mins 9hrs 45mins by bus (475 kms) (475 kms)
 H : Oruro - Bolivia 225 kms 225 kms straight distance | 7hrs 39mins 7hrs 39mins by car (484 kms) | 9hrs 10mins 9hrs 10mins by bus (484 kms) (484 kms)
 I : Santa Cruz - Bolivia 256 kms 256 kms straight distance | 11hrs 25mins 11hrs 25mins by car (502 kms) | 13hrs 42mins 13hrs 42mins by bus (502 kms) (502 kms)
 J : Villazon & Argentinian Border - Bolivia 341 kms 341 kms straight distance | 8hrs 8hrs by car (502 kms) | 9hrs 36mins 9hrs 36mins by bus (502 kms) (502 kms)
 K : La Quiaca & Bolivian Border - Argentina 344 kms 344 kms straight distance | 8hrs 7mins 8hrs 7mins by car (504 kms) | 9hrs 44mins 9hrs 44mins by bus (504 kms) (504 kms)
 L : Gran Chaco to Santa Cruz - Bolivia 352 kms 352 kms straight distance | 15hrs 6mins 15hrs 6mins by car (625 kms) | 18hrs 7mins 18hrs 7mins by bus (625 kms) (625 kms)
 M : Bermejo & Aguas Blancas Border - Bolivia 425 kms 425 kms straight distance | 10hrs 55mins 10hrs 55mins by car (665 kms) | 13hrs 6mins 13hrs 6mins by bus (665 kms) (665 kms)
 N : La Paz - Bolivia 408 kms 408 kms straight distance | 10hrs 3mins 10hrs 3mins by car (688 kms) | 12hrs 3mins 12hrs 3mins by bus (688 kms) (688 kms)
 O : La Paz to Copacabana - Bolivia 455 kms 455 kms straight distance | 11hrs 25mins 11hrs 25mins by car (737 kms) | 13hrs 42mins 13hrs 42mins by bus (737 kms) (737 kms)
Driving times are accurate but approximate and are listed in the order of driving distance! Drive times are always affected by weather conditions, the terrain, time of day, altitude, dinner and bathroom stops, animals on the road, protests, a fast or slow bus driver, police checkpoints, border and river crossings, dropping off and picking up passengers etc. These drive times are obtained from Google Maps and are meant as a guide. Note however, times quoted in the main text of this page are exactly as the author experienced it.


My Hostel & Hotel Reviews for Sucre, Bolivia:

Alojamiento Plata, Sucre, Bolivia - Large Photo
Alojamiento Plata, Sucre, Bolivia (Oct 2011 - 1 night) - Large room with 2 beds in the center of Sucre, shared bathroom, good cheap price, about $5USD per night. Good for a night or 2. Recommended budget hostel.
Alojamiento Central, Sucre, Bolivia - Large Photo
Alojamiento Central, Sucre, Bolivia (Nov 2011 - 1 night) - Located opposite the Sucre bus terminal. I stayed here because I wanted to catch a bus early morning. It really is quite a horrible place, I want to vomit thinking about. Stay here only if you need to. It's cheap but it's quite nasty.

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