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Introduction

Sucre

Sucre

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Beautiful Sucre is the constitutional capital of Bolivia. The historic city was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991 because of its wonderfully well-preserved colonial centre with many 16th century religious buildings. With a fifth of the number of inhabitants compared to the administrative capital La Paz, Sucre has a very cosy feel to it. Wandering around the cobbled streets at mid-day or reading a newspaper at an abandoned square, you would almost think you're back in the 1920s in this charming city.

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Getting There

By Plane

Sucre has no international airport. The national airport Juana Azurduy de Padilla International Airport (IATA: SRE) offers connections to La Paz, Cochabamba, Tarija, Yacuiba and Santa Cruz de la Sierra.

By Train

Although it used to in the past, Sucre is not connected to the Bolivian railroad network any longer.

By Bus

Various daily buses serve Sucre from La Paz and Cochabamba (via Oruro) and Potosí. Buses also go to Santa Cruz de la Sierra.

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Sleep

Budget

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Amigo HostelColon # 125Hostel79
Backpackers Sucre Hostelcalle Loa #891 entre calle Olañeta y ColonHostel-
Hostal Cruz de PopayanCalle Loa 881 in corner with Calle ColonHOTEL86
Hostal Wasi MasiUrcullo 233GUESTHOUSE80
Hostelling International SucreCalle Guillermo Loayza # 119HOSTEL77
La Dolce Vita BoliviaCalle Urcullo No. 342Guesthouse90
CabildoCalle cabildo #4Hostel-
Hostal de Su MercedAzurduy 16, Between N.Ortiz and Bolivar StreetHOTEL88
Casa Al TroncoTopater 57GUESTHOUSE92
Casa Verde B&BCalle Potosi 374 Entre Grau y DalenceGUESTHOUSE93
Hostal BicentenarioJunin 161 Entre Ballivian y Miguel Angel ValdaHOTEL85
Gringo's Rincon HostelLoa 743HOSTEL89
Hostal Cruz del SurBolivar 549HOTEL83
Quechua Inn1ro de Mayo, Esquina SalgueiroHOSTEL-
Forastero Guest House394 Destacamento 111 St. Between Colon and La PazApartment89
Santa CeciliaCalle Potosi No. 386 - Between Dalence St and Grau St. Next to the green houseHOTEL90
RoomMates SucreDestacamento 111 - 204GUESTHOUSE-
Hostal SucreBustillos # 113HOTEL-
La Escondida HostalJunin 445 (between Av. Hernando Siles and Ravelo)GUESTHOUSE-
Mi Pueblo SamaryDalence # 349HOTEL-
Hostal CasArte TakubambaCalle J.M.Serrano #256GUESTHOUSE90
Forastero Guesthouse394 Destacamento 111 StreetGUESTHOUSE-
CADENACalle/Street Camargo N° 326Guesthouse-
KulturBerlin - Icba WasiAvaroa 326HOSTEL-
La SelenitaCalle José Mostajo 145GUESTHOUSE-
Traveler's GuesthouseKilometro 7, 242HOSTEL-
7 PatasCalle Loa 525 ChuquisacaHostel-
The Beehive SucreCalle Capitan Echeverria 31HOSTEL-
7 Patas HostelLoa 525HOSTEL-

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Keep Connected

Internet

There are internet cafés practically everywhere, they typically cost about 3Bs/hour, or about $0.50 per hour. Wifi is not as common as in many other Latin American countries, but more and more places offer it now, either free (sometimes for a limited amount of time) or at a cost. Avoid using your cellphone (with your home SIM card) when there is no wifi, as that's extremely expensive.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

The country calling code to Bolivia is: 591. To make an international call from Bolivia, the code is: 0010. Emergency numbers include 110 (police), 118 (ambulance) and 119 (fire). Note that 911 forwards to the police (110).

Bolivia has three cellphone companies, Entel, Tigo, and Viva. If you are staying for a while, consider buying SIM cards for your cellphone. They are quite cheap and you get good network coverage in all main cities and towns. Entel sells good-priced international call possibilities for their SIMs. For example, you can buy 10 minutes for Bs20 (to be used in one day, disconnects automatically after expiration). You will need to register the SIM card at a local office of the telecom. You will need a photocopy of your passport and the mobile phone that you will use.

Practically every single town in Bolivia has an Entel office (almost always located in the main plaza). From here, you can make local, long-distance, and international calls. It's actually much more economical to make your international calls from an Entel office than to use an international calling card. To make local calls from a public phone, you need a phone card. You can buy them at any Entel office or any kiosk on the street. The average local call costs about Bs2 for 3 minutes.

Post

Correos Bolivia is the national postal service of the country. It offers a wide range of services at very reasonable prices. Services, speed and reliability are not up to the level it should be though and it can take several weeks for a simple card to arrive in Europe or North America. Most post offices in Bolivia are open Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 8:00pm, Saturday from 8:30am to 6:00pm, and Sunday from 9:00am to noon. It costs Bs5 to mail a letter to the United States, Bs7 to Australia, and Bs6 to Europe. From time to time, you can buy stamps at kiosks and newspaper stands. There are no public mailboxes, so you'll have to mail your letter from the post office. If you want to send packages overseas it's best to use an international courier company like DHL, TNT, FedEx or UPS, as they offer fast and reliable services at competitive prices.

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Quick Facts

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: -19.042139
  • Longitude: -65.255882

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