A picture-postcard city and UNESCO World Heritage site, Sucre is Bolivia’s colonial gem and a world away from the bustle of La Paz!

A short flight from La Paz, the beautiful “white city” of Sucre is Bolivia’s legal capital and a colonial treasure perched at the foot of the Churuquella and Sika Sika hills. Founded in 1538 by the conquistador Pedro Anzures, the city’s historic architecture comes straight from the picture-postcard towns of Andalucia in southern Spain. From above, the city’s terracotta tiles glow red in the afternoon son while at street level white-washed colonial mansions and palaces stand amongst historic churches, bell-towers and ornately carved facades. Recognised a UNESCO world heritage site in 1991, Sucre is the seat of the Roman Catholic Church in Bolivia as well as a thriving university city. Best of all, at 2800m above sea-level, it is a good 500m lower than the surrounding highlands and ideal spot to relax, acclimatise and explore the museums, local markets and restaurants.

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