Sucre, Bolivia, provides a stark contrast to the country’s busy capital city of La Paz. It is much smaller, but has a much more cosy feeling, not to mention a beautiful spring-like climate all year round. Initially we only planned to stay in Sucre for a few weeks to do an intensive Spanish course, but in the end we fell in love with this city so much that we actually stayed for two months. There are so many things to do in Sucre Bolivia. It is a beautifully picturesque city lying 2,790m above sea level and is also surrounded by a stunning mountain range, perfect for some hiking.

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things to do in sucre mountain range

The white city

Sucre is also called the white city because of all of its white colonial buildings. One of my favourite things to do in Sucre was to roam the many little alleyways and get just lost because around every corner there was something else to discover: cute little churches, elaborate government buildings, and of course the beautiful Casa de la Libertad, which hosts a museum where you can learn all about the history of Sucre.

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The Supreme Court

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Casa de la Libertad

Food glorious food

I also loved the diversity of food available. My absolute favourite restaurant was Condor Cafe, which serves three-course menus for a mere 20 Bolivianos (US$3). I got absolutely addicted to their papas rellenas, which are fried whole potatoes stuffed with cheese and eggs, and also their cheese empanadas (pies) sprinkled with icing sugar. I ended up eating in the restaurant 2-3 times per week, that’s how much I loved their food – plus to make matters even better they are a non-profit social enterprise too!

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Papas rellenas

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The most delicious cheese empanada I have ever eaten

Dinosaurs

One of the most fun things to do in Sucre is a visit to the Parque Cretacico, a dinosaur park. 65 Millions years ago dinosaurs roamed the area surrounding Sucre and there is proof of this at the Parque Cretacico in the form of real dinosaur footprints. It is the only location that has footsteps of a wide variety of dinosaurs with around 5,055 individual dinosaur footprints of at least eight different species. The footprints are on a cliff that is 1,500 meters long and 110 meters high. They were only discovered in 1998 by local miners and have been one of the main attractions in Sucre ever since. In the park you can learn all about the origins of dinosaurs, how they became extinct, and it also has some fun real-sized dinosaur replicas.

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Some of the many footprints, on a (now) cliff which has been forced upright by tectonic pressure

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We absolutely loved our stay in Sucre and are already looking forward to returning in early June, before we head to Brazil for the World Cup. There are just so many things to do in Sucre Bolivia.

So what do you think about Sucre? Would you visit it?

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30 Thoughts on “Things to do in Sucre Bolivia

  1. Great photos!!! I was in Bolivia last year but never made it to Sucre, seeing the dinosaurs makes me regret said decision haha 😀
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  2. Sucre was one of my favourite places in all of South America – and I agree, such a contrast from La Paz. I loved La Paz too but it’s so full-on, I found Sucre a nice wind-down after a few days in the capital. And damn I could really go for an empanada after seeing that pic, I love those things!
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    • Tammyonthemove on April 10, 2014 at 3:47 pm said:

      That empanada was divine. Not so good for the hips though. I had far too many and needed to go on a diet once I left Sucre again. 😉

  3. Tammy, thank you for sharing these great photos of Sucre! I absolutely loved the city as well, especially all its beautiful colonial buildings. It was simply fun just to walk around and get lost in the little alleyway, as you mention. Unfortunately I never made to the dinosaur park, but at least that gives me a good reason to go back and visit again. By the way, I believe that Sucre is still the official capital, even if it doesn’t feel like it… 😉
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    • Tammyonthemove on April 10, 2014 at 3:46 pm said:

      Thanks Dennis. Well, if you speak to the locals they definitely want Sucre to be the capital again. The dino park was hilarious. You can even go onto a special dino bus that takes you there.

  4. Love your photos of Sucre! I lived in the “white city” for 5 months. Have just left to do some travel in Argentina, Patagonia and Chile. Being a vego, Condor Cafe was my favourite place to eat…I miss my weekly tucumana so much 🙂 How fun was the dinosaur park…great afternoon for kids and adults alike! I already miss Sucre, such a beautiful city.
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    • Tammyonthemove on April 10, 2014 at 3:41 pm said:

      Oh really, we must have been there at the same time. I only left about a month ago. Did you also try the vegetarian lasagne at Condor? OMG! 🙂

  5. Another place to add to my list, I love colonial architecture which Sucre has plenty of. Thanks Tammy for sharing! 🙂
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  6. Those dinosaurs are incredible and the food looks delicious. We’ve yet to explore South America but I’ve been reading some really inspiring posts recently and I’m so tempted to detour there this year! Thanks for the inspiration!!
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    • Tammyonthemove on April 11, 2014 at 7:52 am said:

      You should definitely make a detour Charli. South America is so beautiful and diverse! You would love it here.

  7. Wonderful photos! I don’t know much about Bolivia, but Sucre looks like a great place to add to my list! I love the architecture! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Wow, that cliff face with all the dinosaur prints is amazing! We’ve not been to South America yet and I haven’t honestly reached anything about it. I’m always amazed when I see photos particularly of the cities at how much like parts of Europe it looks.
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    • Tammyonthemove on April 13, 2014 at 8:56 am said:

      Sucre has got loads of colonial architecture. It is so stunning. The dino footprints were amazing too. I have never seen anything like it before.

  9. Sucre looks beautiful and like a wonderful place to inadvertently base yourself for two months! I mean, look at those dinosaurs! So awesome! I definitely don’t blame you for sticking around longer than intended…

    • Tammyonthemove on April 15, 2014 at 8:11 am said:

      Yes, it was the perfect place to relax a little from travelling and to learn Spanish. Such a beautiful spot!

  10. Of course, I went right to the food. 🙂 That empanada looked totally “lecker” (delicious)! But it’s interesting that the empanadas de queso you had in Sucre have sugar on top. In the years I lived in La Serena, Chile, I had many an empanada frito (fried): empanada de queso, empanada de queso camaron, empanada de queso-with-whatever-fresh-seafood-they-had-on-hand, but I never had one with sugar on top. Of course, a savory seafood empanada with sugar on top might be a little strange. 😉
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    • Tammyonthemove on April 16, 2014 at 8:38 am said:

      I have never seen them with sugar on top either Henry, but they were definitely lecker. Sugar and cheese go surprisingly well. Ever tried cheese with honey?

  11. um, yes…i think you’ve convinced me to visit sucre! i’m currently planning my travels to south america and this city sounds like a must do. it says a lot when you only plan on staying in a city for a few weeks but end up staying two months. that’s when you know there’s something special about a place. thanks for the tip!
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    • Tammyonthemove on April 16, 2014 at 8:40 am said:

      Oh how exciting Justine! I am sure you will like Sucre. A lot of people I met there ended up staying longer too.

  12. I love the dinosaurs! especially that guy still on its egg shell, he’s so cute! But I think it’s the food that I’ll enjoy the most, like always! 🙂

    • Tammyonthemove on April 16, 2014 at 8:41 am said:

      The baby T-Rex was the cutest. Yes, the food in Bolivia is cheap, plentiful and filling. I really liked it.

  13. Beautiful! Gotta love Sucre.
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    • Tammyonthemove on April 20, 2014 at 8:30 pm said:

      Thanks Max. I really fell in love with Sucre and know so many other people who did too. It has got something magical about it.

  14. That empanada made me drool a little bit.

  15. It’s really pretty! I had no idea about the dinosaurs in Bolivia…we went to an excavation in Argentina and were fascinated. Seems to be a SA thing!
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    • Tammyonthemove on May 7, 2014 at 12:58 pm said:

      Yes, I think South America was home to a lot dinosaurs, but just like with this site, a lot of sights often only get discovered by coincidence.

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