Sucre and Potosi Holidays

Sucre is Bolivia’s heart, its judicial capital and showpiece, a beautiful, progressive city that abounds in learning, culture and colonial architecture. It stands to the southeast of La Paz at 2,800 metres and the steady temperate climate adds to its charm and popularity. There is a real fusion of Spanish and traditional building here and the many religious buildings include the Metropolitan Cathedral, which took 250 years to build. Visit the Casa de le Libertad, the House of Liberty Museum, where independence began, making it the most important monument in the country. This is a well-organised museum, steeped in Bolivian history and heroes, and including a massive bust of the legendary revolutionary leader Simon Bolivar.
 
The Plaza 25 de Mayo is a must-see. This is one of Bolivia’s most beautiful places, with lovely gardens, cafes, restaurants, street artists and entertainers. Wander here, chill and watch the Bolivian world go by. Take a walk from the Plaza up to La Recoleta, the high point of this hilly city and one that affords the best view. Try it at night when the city lights come on. For another superb panoramic view, especially at sunset, climb up to the roof and belfry of the lovely, simple Church of San Filipe Neri, with its well preserved interior and white stucco and gold decoration. Enter via the Maria Auxiliadora Convent along the street. The walk through the convent, with its artworks, cloister and central courtyard is a really enjoyable experience in itself.
 
The Museum of Indigenous Art is another must-see if you are interested in the local cultures. This is a superbly presented and informative display of traditional crafts, including clothes, textiles and tapestries and art, with many live demonstrations. The various local indigenous groups exhibit their own work, culture and regional history. There is music and dance too and all the proceeds go to the communities represented here.
 
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For a different kind of institution visit the General Cemetery. This unusual attraction is actually beautiful and peaceful and offers a wonderful opportunity to appreciate how Bolivians honour their dead. There are catacombs and huge tombs, rich graves and poor, with an amazing variety of gifts and loving tokens left for the deceased. Pay your respects and enjoy a tranquil, humbling hour or so away from the busy city.
  
Sucre is also the base for exploring all the local colonial villages such as Tarabuco, where the colourful Pujllay festival is held each March. This is a happy, dancing celebration of harvest fertility and honouring the dead. Many of the villages represent local ethnic groups, which dress traditionally according to their own customs.  
 
Nearby Potosi is the starting point for visits to the Cero Rico, or Rich Mountain. This is the legendary ‘mountain of silver’, once the largest silver deposit in the world and the major supplier to the Spanish empire. The mine has been in operation since the 16th century and has a dark history of labour exploitation. But it still employs thousands of local people and you can tour the now somewhat precarious workings for a disturbing but engrossing and unique experience.
 
Once you have seen the mine return to Sucre and visit the suburb Museo del Tesoro. Here the history of Bolivian mining is beautifully presented with stunning exhibits of gold, silver and precious stones.
 
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