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Bolivia: Sucre and Potosi

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Bolivia’s big four cities - La Paz, Sucre, Potosí and Santa Cruz - are so contrasting that they could be in different countries. La Paz teems and bustles, semi-tropical Santa Cruz is warm and laid-back, while Sucre, at 2,800m, is the sunny second city and legislative capital in the south. It is the epitome of an elegant, whitewashed, red-tile-roofed colonial city with baroque churches and shady plazas. Just two to three hours’ drive away on the chilly altiplano at 4,090m is the mining city Potosí, where grandiose architecture harks back to a history of prosperity when it hosted the Imperial Mint.

Our holidays to Sucre and Potosi

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Laguna Colorada

Zampullin: Vistas of Bolivia

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Market life in Bolivia

Signature Bolivia: The final frontier

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14 days from £3,892pp

Long shadows over the Uyuni salt flats, Boliva

Discover Bolivia and northwest Argentina

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15 days from £3,663pp

Hummingbird

Hummingbird: Ocean to ocean

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21 days from £4,877pp

Things to do in Sucre and Potosi

Royal mint

Visit the Potosi Royal Mint

Visit Tarabuco indigenous market


Mines

Visit the Potosi tin mines

Our insider tips for Sucre and Potosi

Sophie Barber

Sophie Barber

After exploring Sucre’s compact colonial city centre, settle down in one of the city's little cafés for a crêpe, juice, ice cream or coffee. Bolivians have a seriously sweet tooth and there is plenty of choice of quaint colonial venues in Sucre.

Hannah

Hannah Donaldson

Visit the weekly Sunday market 54km outside of the beautiful colonial city of Sucre in Tarabuco. The atmosphere hovers somewhere between market and fiesta, with the main plaza and side streets acrush with Yampara indians in their beautiful traditional dress selling and buying everything from snake oil to suckling pigs. The high-quality textiles are some of the best in the country and make lovely souvenirs from a memorable day.

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