The city of Sucre (UNESCO World Heritage 1991) has always being the center of important political and cultural events and well known for its architecture.
Since the colonial times the city was because here is located the famous Universidad Mayor Real y Pontificia de San Francisco Xavier de Chuquisaca, the second university to be founded in the new world. Some of the students that made this university a legend took part in the revolution during the independency wars back in 1800. Sucre was the capital city of Bolivia during the early years of the young republic until the civil war, when La Paz city became the new capital city.
Old churches, temples and its well-preserved downtown with buildings from the 18th and 19th century are just some of the features of the city. Sucre has some beautiful and narrow alleys, cobbled streets and white houses where you can experience the feeling of being traveling back in time to the ancient Real Audiencia de Charcas. After the civil war (north against south) La Paz became the capital city,
ASUR (indigenous southern art) is one of the best museums of Sucre. Here you can learn a little bit of the customs and traditions of the native people of the area. Jalq’a, Yampara and Tinguipaya cultures. The museum has one of the best textiles’ expositions and besides you can find a complete souvenirs store: handicrafts in silver and leather and textiles made by native people. You also have the chance to meet a weaver that works inside the souvenirs store.
La Casa de la Libertad is one of the most important buildings of Bolivia. Declaration of Independence was signed inside this building in 1825. During your visit you have the chance to learn more about the history of Bolivia. The building itself is a beautiful example of the ancient glory of the colonial buildings. Your educational adventure is waiting for you!
“Parque Cretácico” The Dinosaur thematic Park & the biggest dinosaur footprints “wall” of the world (Cretaceous park); The dinosaur tracks of the Cal Orck’o paleontological bed date from 68 million years ago and belong to the upper cretaceous period, a time in which the majority of dinosaurs lived; soon before their extinction from the face of the earth, which was registered around 65 million years ago. 5000 footprints of 294 different species were discovered at Cal Orck´o in the early 90s’. A thematic park with real size dinosaurs’ models was created in the area in order to preserve the dinosaur’s footprints and to give the visitors an idea about the size and aspect of the animals of that time. (Highly recommended for kids).
The museum of “La Recoleta” is located in the place where the city was founded in 1538 by Pedro Anzures de Campo Redondo. The museum is part of the convent of the Franciscan brotherhood (actually there are a few monks living inside). One of the biggest attractions of the museum is the 1000 years old cedar tree. The museum also has a vast art gallery of religious art.