Sucre – A Backpackers guide

From its charming colonial architecture, laid back atmosphere and Spanish lessons that don’t bleed your wallet dry, you can see why tourist flock to the constitutional capital of Bolivia.

Things to do

Study Spanish. Sucre is one of the best and cheapest places to study Spanish, with an array of schools scattered around the city you can take your pick. We went with sucre Spanish school and they were amazing.

Market. After seeing many markets in South America, I can say that this is one of the most colourful and vast markets for such a small city. From the freshest fruit and vegetables, flowers, baked goods, juices, homemade goods and even a array of lunch options, you can spend hours on end hunting out  a bargain here.  

Cemetery. Though it seems a bit dark to visit a cemetery, but this place it more of a celebration of life than anything else. It's lined with pristine gardens, bench setting and shaded areas, surrounded by rows upon rows of stacked graves. Each plot has flowers, photos and objects hidden behind the glass plaques, showing what the person

Look out. La Recoleta provides a tranquil look-out over the city, though it maybe a slight uphill wonder you can treat yourself to a coffee or drink at cafe gourmet mirador.

Places to eat

Mercado – Juices

Mercado – Juices

Condor cafe – Falafel burger

Condor cafe – Falafel burger

El patio – Saltañas

El patio – Saltañas

Mercado Central. This is where you can get one of the cheapest meals. Head upstairs to find yourselves in amongst the locals, with lady's yelling specials at you left right and centre, find yourself a seat wherever picks your fancy or if in doubt where the most locals are situated. Here you can find the traditional local foods, I can recommend trying picante de pollo, pollo dorado or the milanesa. Or head downstairs to 7 ligaures for a cheapy chorizo sammie.

If you're after sometime fresher go downstairs are grab yourself a fresh juice either made with water, milk or choice a zumo (pure juice), my personal favourite mango and orange zumo. Make sure you hang around and ask for your yapa – which is a top up of the leftover juice that was made.

Condor cafe. Our favourite local, serving up a range of vegetarian dishes that won't put a dent in your budget. Providing a great change to the meat and rice overload of South American cuisine.

Cafe metro. A cafe out looking to the plaza which not only provides a good chance to people watch but also an intriguing international menu from sushi to mexican soup.

El patio. A lovely restaurant serving up saltañas, Bolivia's version of the famous empanada. Served fresh from the oven, the outside is crispy and crumbly, the filling a deliciously juicy of either beef or chicken. A must go in our books.

Where to stay

Kulturberlin. I can 100% recommend this hostel, firstly it's incredible breakfasts with four different types of bread, three cereals, fresh juices changing daily plus the biggest array of fruit, it was honestly one of the best one I have had in South America. Not to mention their comfy King single beds, and their overall homely vibe except for Friday's and Saturdays were the party breaks out! 

A dorm room will cost you from BOB55–70 depending on the room size and a private room for two will cost you around BOB200.

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Sucre – A backpackers guide