Proud, genteel Sucre is Bolivia’s most beautiful city and the symbolic heart of the nation. It was here that independence was proclaimed and while La Paz is now the seat of government and treasury, Sucre is recognized in the constitution as the nation’s capital. A glorious ensemble of whitewashed buildings sheltering pretty patios, it’s a spruce place that preserves a wealth of colonial architecture. Sensibly, there are strict controls on development, which have ensured Sucre remains a real showpiece of Bolivia. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991.
Set in a valley surrounded by low mountains, Sucre enjoys a mild and comfortable climate. It’s still a center of learning and both the city and its university enjoy reputations as focal points of progressive thought within the country.