Sucre, Bolivia is a city of immense beauty, is replete with historic edifices that serve as a scenic backdrop to its rich legacy. This place has so many stunning monuments and such a wealth of colonial history, that in 1991, UNESCO declared it a world heritage site. This town of roughly 150,000 is easily navigable on foot. During your Bolivia travel, allow yourself a day for the opportunity to wander into the numerous museums after reflect on their role in the diverse and fascinating past of this old world city.
This city is often referred to the city of four names - Sucre, Charcas, La Plata (The Silver), Ciudad Blanca (White City), after the numerous white colonial era houses with red tile roofs of this vintage town in Bolivia. Sucre has an interesting history as well, evident in the high number of impressive buildings there are to be found here. Bolivia tourism is thriving here, as many of the visitors like to have a guide to the reveal at an enjoyable pace vast amount information of times past concentrated in this one city. While La Paz is the seat of government in Bolivia, Sucre is the constitutional capital and a fascinating destination for anyone interested in the country's history.
In 1559, when Spain's reach had extended to present-day Argentina, Peru, and northern Chile, and Paraguay, aside from its four current names, the provincial town used to be known as La Plata, in Spanish, The Silver. This title only hints at the greatness of this city to the Spanish empire' westerly strongholds. Audiencia de Charcas was the name of the assembly that held sway over these bastions of the Spanish empire.
Founded in 1538, Sucre, Bolivia was part of a larger mining operation that was being overseen by Gonzalo Pizzaro. This was part of a bold expedition to explore the area to the east of the Andean Cordillera Real.
Beside all this, Sucre is well known for being the setting of other significant aspects of this towns' legacy. After serving as the east's administrative, relicapito, this was the place, where, on August 6th, 1825, Simon Bolivar made the declaration of Bolivia's independence. Five days later, on August 11, La Plata's name was changed to Sucre in honor of another leader in the struggle against Spanish rule, Mariscal Antonio Jose de Sucre.
Whether you take a guided city tour of Sucre, Bolivia or you choose to wander the scenic plazas, silent monasteries and expansive administrative building on your own, this city is a must on the to do list for any Bolivia Tours. The cobblestone streets and beautifully preserved homes are waiting for you to explore, and Bolivia tourism thrives here thanks to the pleasant atmosphere of this most lovely town of Sucre.