When I was in school, my teacher told me that Bolivia has two capitals, La Paz and Sucre. I always thought it was strange, but it helped me remember. And I passed my South American geography test. While the only thing that impressed me about La Paz was the
1. The Nice People
The minute I got off the bus from Potosi, a ticket seller tried to sell me a ticket. I told him I just arrived. He asked me where my hostel was, then proceeded to hail a taxi for me.
In Plaza 25 de Mayo, I sat on a bench with a group of three older women. They chatted for a bit before getting up. All three turned around to me and said hasta
Of all my travels in South America, the people in Sucre have been the nicest. They smile and are willing to help.
2. The Relaxed Atmosphere
The center of Sucre is compact and well-kept. There are plenty of places around town to just chill and relax.
La Recoleta is a section of town that overlooks the city. If you’re lucky, you can find a seat at Café Gourmet Mirador and watch the day go by.
I spent a great deal of time sitting on one of the benches at Plaza 25 de Mayo. There’s plenty of shady spots to hide from the sun, and there’s always something going on.
Ok, it may not look like the Eiffel Tower in Paris. This mini-tower is in Parque Bolivar. This park is a favorite for young locals to hang out and scribble their names as a sign of affection. It’s also not as busy yet bigger. So joggers love coming here for their morning exercise.
3. The Comfortable Weather
I spent the past few months traveling down the Andes. Of course, I picked the rainy season to do so. But when I got to Sucre, it was the first time in a very long time that I didn’t have the need for my rain jacket.
In the daytime, Sucre is full of sunshine and blue skies. In a way, it almost reminds me of being in Los Angeles. At night, the temperatures do come down, but I wasn’t looking for my alpaca sweater to keep warm.
4. The Chocolate
Yes, I love me some good chocolate, and Sucre didn’t disappoint. Since arriving, I have visited Chocolates Para Ti, which makes their chocolate nearby the city, multiple times. Their Copa Helada, a cup of frozen chocolate mousse, is only served in-store and is heavenly. And I know this place is good because I’ve seen so many locals holding bags of Chocolates Para Ti written on it.
I have also tried chocolates from Taboada. They’re OK but a bit more expensive. There’s also Chocolates Sucre next to Mercado Central, but I never see anyone in there.
5. It’s Vegetarian-Friendly
Since arriving in South America, I have slowly become vegetarian without really realizing it. Give me good chorizo (sausage), which Sucre has plenty of, and I’ll eat it. But I also like to have veggie options when possible.
A non-profit organization runs the Condor Cafe and specializes in all things vegetarian. Their menu de
El Germen is another vegetarian establishment in Sucre. Their menu
How to Make Friends in Sucre
Sucre is the constitutional capital of Bolivia. Way back when, because of the city’s proximity to Potosi, the third Bolivia president declared Sucre the capital in 1839. But because of economic decline, in 1898, much of the government moved to La Paz minus the judicial branch.
As recently as the 2010’s, the fight between La Paz and Sucre continues as which city should be the right capital. Since the city was where the Latin American independence movement against Spain began, I agree that Sucre should be the capital. Do the same if you want people to like you here. However, I don’t want it to lose its small-town charm.