Information about Sucre, Bolivia

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Sucre is located in the department of Chuquisaca

Department of Chuquisaca


The department of Chuquisaca is located in the south part of Bolivia . It covers an area of 51542 km2.


Chuquisaca is divided into 10 provinces. Each province has a state (department) representative called a "Subprefecto".


Chuquisaca sits at lower altitude than the Bolivian Altiplano giving it a more temperate climate all year long. The city of Sucre is known for its dry winters.

Temperatures range from high of 29ºC (86ºF) in the summer to a low of 5ºC (42ºF) in the winter. Chuquisaca's deep valleys tend to be warmer and more humid.

The City of Sucre

The beautiful colonial city of Sucre , located in the heart of Bolivia , is considered by many to be the "Jewel of South America". Its lower altitude (2750 meters) gives the city a warm temperate climate year-round.

Visitors to Sucre are enchanted by the city's permanently blue sky, a striking backdrop for the brillant white buildings that characterize the city center.

Sucre is also called "The City of Four Names". Each of the well known names represent a specific era of the city's history.

CHARCAS, was the indigenous name for the place upon which the Spaniards built the colonial city.

LA PLATA , was the name given to the emerging hispanic city of priviledge and honor.

The name CHUQUISACA was bestowed upon the city during the independence era.

SUCRE , honors the Great Marshal of Ayacucho, Don Antonio Jose de Sucre.

In 1991, Sucre was declarated a "WORLD CULTURAL AND NATURAL HERITAGE SITE" by the UNESCO. Its many well – preserved 16 th century churches, such as San Lazaro, San Francisco and Santo Domingo are unique examples of local architectural styles blended with styles imported from Europe .

Sucre has 250,000 inhabitants. Its universities attract large numbers of students from around Bolivia and South America, giving it the reputacion of a "university city".

Sucre is a charming city where you can enjoy long walks along colonial streets or biking and hiking in the sorrounding countryside. It's sunny, warm weather invites you to explore the landscape, relax and of course, to learn Spanish.!

The city is tranquil and safe. It's an easy walk to cafes, bars and live music venues in the city center. Locals are friendly and happy to answer questions or offer information. The food in Sucre is inexpensive and diverse. The city has a good transportation system and many cultural museums including some of the most important museums in Bolivia .

Nearby, one can also visit the largest wall of dinosaur prints in teh world, Kal'a Orcko.

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