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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.
Sucre has a subtropical highland climate (Köppen: Cwb), with mild temperatures year round.
The highest record temperature was 34.7 °C while the lowest record temperature was -6 °C.
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.
Although it used to in the past, Sucre is not connected to the Bolivian railroad network any longer.
Sucre is a small town with regular hop-on buses and plentiful taxis. A tourist bus or private transport is needed to visit some of the attractions outside of Sucre, such as Tarabuco market and the dinosaur footprints. Mostly you will not move more than five blocks from Plaza 25 de Mayo, the main square.
Sucre offers a wide range of eateries from street vendors and stalls in the markets to elegant restaurants. The large numbers of students mean there are many interesting but inexpensive places to get a filling meal. Probably the cheapest lunches are had upstairs in the market (from 8 BOL).
Most places on the main square, and down the first block of Calle Nicolas Ortiz, are heavily gringofied, for better or worse. Sunday is by far the slowest night.
|Amigo Hostel||Colon # 125||Hostel||-|
|Backpackers Sucre Hostel||calle Loa #891 entre calle Olañeta y Colon||Hostel||-|
|Hostal Cruz de Popayan||Calle Loa 881 in corner with Calle Colon||HOTEL||-|
|Hostal Wasi Masi||Urcullo 233||GUESTHOUSE||86|
|Hostelling International Sucre||Calle Guillermo Loayza # 119||HOSTEL||82|
|La Dolce Vita Bolivia||Calle Urcullo No. 342||Guesthouse||91|
|Cabildo||Calle cabildo #4||Hostel||-|
|Hostal de Su Merced||Azurduy 16, Between N.Ortiz and Bolivar Street||HOTEL||-|
|Casa Al Tronco||Topater 57||GUESTHOUSE||90|
|Casa Verde B&B||Calle Potosi 374 Entre Grau y Dalence||GUESTHOUSE||90|
|Hostal Bicentenario||Junin 161 Entre Ballivian y Miguel Angel Valda||HOTEL||-|
|Gringo's Rincon Hostel||Loa 743||HOSTEL||-|
|Hostal Cruz del Sur||Bolivar 549||HOTEL||84|
|Quechua Inn||1ro de Mayo, Esquina Salgueiro||HOSTEL||-|
|Forastero Guest House||394 Destacamento 111 St. Between Colon and La Paz||Apartment||-|
|Santa Cecilia||Calle Potosi No. 386 - Between Dalence St and Grau St. Next to the green house||HOTEL||82|
|RoomMates Sucre||Destacamento 111 - 204||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Hostal Sucre||Bustillos # 113||HOTEL||-|
|La Escondida Hostal||Junin 445 (between Av. Hernando Siles and Ravelo)||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Mi Pueblo Samary||Dalence # 349||HOTEL||-|
|Hostal CasArte Takubamba||Calle J.M.Serrano #256||GUESTHOUSE||88|
|Forastero Guesthouse||394 Destacamento 111 Street||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|CADENA||Calle/Street Camargo N° 326||Guesthouse||-|
|KulturBerlin - Icba Wasi||Avaroa 326||HOSTEL||-|
|La Selenita||Calle José Mostajo 145||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Traveler's Guesthouse||Kilometro 7, 242||HOSTEL||-|
|7 Patas||Calle Loa 525 Chuquisaca||Hostel||-|
|The Beehive Sucre||Calle Capitan Echeverria 31||HOSTEL||-|
|7 Patas Hostel||Loa 525||HOSTEL||-|
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.
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.
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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