10 Museums Worth Your Time In Sucre

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Home to some of Bolivia’s best museums and galleries, Sucre provides visitors the chance to learn about the country’s cultural, artistic and religious history in some wonderfully inspiring settings. Most of the museums are conveniently located in the city’s center within walking distance from the main plaza

The following are our picks of the best museums to visit in Sucre:

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La Boca Del Sapo Cooking Classes

A welcome addition to Sucre’s growing foodie scene is La Boca Del Sapo, a small business run by local resident Moises Condori Gallardo, where tourists can learn to cook traditional Bolivian dishes using recipes and techniques passed down through generations.

Taking place in Moises’s warm and inviting home, budding chefs are treated to a clean and spacious kitchen equipped with all the necessities for whipping up a delicious, home-cooked meal. In keeping with his passion for cooking with fresh local produce, all ingredients used in the cooking classes are sourced from the local market as well as fruits and vegetables harvested from Moises’s family farm on the outskirts of Sucre.

Using traditional techniques and recipes from his grandparents and great grandparents, Moises aims not only to give his students an authentic Bolivian cooking experience, but to provide them with the opportunity to learn more about the Bolivian culture and way of life. And for those learning Spanish, the cooking class is a great way to practice your speaking skills and learn some new words.

Each cooking class, lasting approximately 2 hours, involves making a traditional main dish (chosen in advance from a menu), a refreshing fruit juice or cocktail, and the traditional spicy Bolivian salsa “llajwa”. Group sizes are kept small to give a hands on, personalized experience, and classes are designed to be interactive with students working as a team to prepare their chosen dish. Along with the main meal and drink, students are also provided with nibbles on arrival, water, dessert, a recipe and all leftovers are yours to take home.

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Open from 9am to 8pm, Moises and his team are flexible and can arrange class times to suit you. For those with food allergies or sensitivities, Moises can also adapt certain recipes with advanced notice to accommodate dietary requirements.

In addition to the cooking classes, La Boca Del Sapo also offer tours of the Pampas, a region located one hour from Sucre on the way to Potosí. It is a beautiful place, dotted with small adobe houses where the local farmers continue to live a traditional lifestyle. Tourists have a unique opportunity to see an old adobe house (where Moises was born), the school, the cemetery, the fertile land with beautiful views that reach as far as the sierra, and meet a family of local farmers.

During the summer months, this agricultural land in the Pampas region becomes lush, green and fertile. Tourists can sample freshly picked fruits and vegetables and prepare a traditional Pampaku meal using the ancient method of burning embers buried in the ground to form an underground furnace.

And for those who would would rather just eat rather than cook, La Boca Del Sapo also offer walking food tours of Sucre. This fun food tour allows first-time visitors to get to know the beautiful white city while sampling local dishes in places little known to tourists.

La Floresta

Located just 12kms from Sucre is an excellent restaurant serving up the spicy delights of the Chuquisaca region.

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Open on Sundays only, La Floresta serves both Bolivian and international dishes as well as a great selection of vegetarian options. Specialities on the menu include Argentinian-style beef as well as salads and juices made using fresh ingredients picked from their orchard.

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Surrounded by trees and greenery, La Floresta has a lovely garden house, perfect for weddings and other special events. Also on site is a pool and playground where children can enjoy fun in the sun.

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For those wanting stretch their legs, there’s an old train track just in front of the restaurant where you can enjoy a peaceful walk to the town of Ñujchu. Alternatively, you can enjoy a game of golf at Sucre’s only golf course, located just 1km away.

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Adhering to a slow food philosophy, La Floresta is a wonderful place to enjoy a long lunch in the company of family and friends.

Note: A taxi fare from Sucre to La Floresta is around Bs. 35 / $5 US.

Museo del Tesoro

Nestled in the heart of Sucre’s historic centre is a family run museum showcasing some of Bolivia’s most treasured gems.

History of Museo del Tesoro

The idea to build Museo del Tesoro was born in 1990 by the Morales-Torricos family who were eager to educate others about Bolivia’s precious metals and stones. After searching high and low for the ideal building, in 2006 the Morales-Torricos finally found what they were looking for; a beautiful house in downtown Sucre.

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One of the oldest homes in the city, the building of Museo del Tesoro has undergone several reconstructions since its erection in the 1560’s. The most important of these repairs occurred in the late 19th century when the owner at the time, mining tycoon and former Bolivian president Aniceto Arce, hired Antonio Camponovo (also the architect of La Glorieta Castle) to restore the house to the neoclassical style that remains today.

Between 2007 and 2008, after one hundred years of ware and tare, the house was completely restored and refurbished, enabling work on the museum to begin.

Installation of the museum’s growing collection began in 2012 and after three years of hard work, Museo del Tesoro was finally inaugurated and opened to the public in 2015.

Exploring Museo del Tesoro

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A result of great passion, Museo del Tesoro is a cultural institution where people from all over the world can go to learn about the origin, technique and art of Bolivia’s metals and stones.

The museum features several specialised areas dedicated to mining, gemology, jewellery and architecture focusing on topics such as the art of working with gold and silver, what life and work is like in Bolivian mines, the most valuable gemstones in Latin America and the evolution of Bolivian jewellery from pre -Columbian times to the present day.

Also on site is an audiovisual room, a store where you can purchase high quality jewellery and a cafe offering a variety of food and drinks.

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Museum Details

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Hours: Museo del Tesoro is open every day, closing only for national holidays. If you’d like to visit during the holidays, you will need to contact the museum via phone or email to make a reservation.

Cost: Entry into the museum is 25 Bs / $4 US per person. Children under 10 are free. Museo del Tesoro is a private institution and does not receive any funding from the Bolivian state or foreign cooperation. All profits are made from the cost of entry into the museum.

Guided Tours: Taking about an hour to visit, the museum offers free guided tours in French, English and Spanish. Please note that the last tour starts 45 minutes before closing time.

O’Finnigan’s Irish Pub

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Located in an old colonial building in the centre of Sucre is a small but cosy establishment where both travelers and locals can go to enjoy a stellar night out on the town.

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More atmospheric than authentic, O’Finnigans Irish Pub gets an A for effort with its enthusiastic use of Irish inspired décor.

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Ranging from home-brewed artesian ales to an impressive selection of international largers, there are over 30 different brands of beer to choose from. The food menu features tourist-friendly dishes such as fish’n’chips and burgers (including a delicious vegetarian version) as well as other wholesome British/German fare.

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The vibe at at O’Flinnigans is warm and inviting thanks to the attentive staff and friendly clientèle. Along with a great happy hour, there are plenty of boardgames to keep guests entertained as well as a large TV perfect for keeping up with the latest in sports. And for those who love cutting it up on the dance floor, a live band plays to the crowds on weekends.

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The first and only Irish-themed bar in Sucre, O’Finnigans is highly recommend for those who enjoy lively conversation and good times in the best of company.

The Red Lion English Pub

The only English-themed bar in town, Red Lion English Pub is where travelers and British loving Bolivians go to watch live sports, drink with their mates and enjoy a good feed.

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Though not open til 6pm, Red Lion serve an all day full breakfast as well as other English delights including steak and chips, fish and chips, burger and chips and the highly recommended home-made sausages. For those who’d prefer to sample the local cuisine, there are also a number of Bolivian dishes on offer. While the menu is a tad limited, the portions are generous and the prices very reasonable.

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A 2×1 happy hour runs from Monday to Wednesday 6pm to 11pm and Thursday to Saturday 8pm to 11pm. Beer lovers can chose from a great selection of draught, imported and craft-beers, while cocktail enthusiasts can enjoy the pubs excellent mojitos and/or fishbowls!

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Patrons can grab a table either inside the bar, up in the mezzanine or in the beautiful courtyard; a great location for an afternoon pint in the sun.

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The staff at the Red Lion are extremely friendly, going out of their way to make sure guests have a good time.

Whether you’re looking for a place to meet new friends, dance to live music, watch the footy or cure a case of home-sickness, Red Lion is a warm, safe and fun place to be.

Prem – El Arte de Vivir

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Vegans traveling to Bolivia will be pleased to learn that a new restaurant serving only plant-derived dishes has set up shop just one block from Sucre’s main plaza.

Opened for lunch and dinner, the food at Prem has a light Asian influence, focusing primarily on fresh and nutritious meals without compromising on taste. Lunch is a daily 3-course menu of the day, which consists of a soup, main course, and dessert. At only 20 Bs ($3 US) the menu del dia is a great option for those on a budget. The dinner menu is also great value serving up tasty dishes such as soya burgers, burritos, stuffed capsicums, quinoa salads, etc.

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On top of the creative menu, diners can also order from the bakery which offers a selection of desserts as well as fresh wholemeal bread, chilli salsas and healthy juices. And for those who want a vegan meal but want to dine elsewhere, there is the option to takeaway.

A cozy spot where one might find themselves sharing a table with strangers, Prem is a popular choice for health-conscious travelers and locals alike.

El Patio Salteñaria

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With so many great places around the city to savor Bolivia’s ubiquitous snack, naming the #1 Salteñaria in Sucre is no mean feat. That being said, El Patio seems to have won over both locals and tourists alike, who consider the local establishment to be the best in town.

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Those new to El Patio are in for a delight with several delicious fillings to choose. Made lovingly with meat (chicken or beef) and vegetables, the pastry around the salteña is semi-sweet and the filling deliciously juicy, so prepare yourself with napkins just in case! Served fresh from the oven with a slightly spicy sauce, the little balls of pastry are best enjoyed with a cold juice, milkshake or soda.

The only down side to El Patio is that they don’t serve a vegetarian salteña, however those looking for a meat-free option can easily pop over to Salteñeria Flores located right next door.

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Diners can enjoy their salteñas from the beautiful courtyard featuring white tables under umbrellas, or in one of the tranquil inside rooms. There is also the option to take-away, just mention your preference as you walk in.

Do note that the service is a little different to your average restaurant in that you have to pay on entrance, stipulating how many and what type of salteñas you’d like. The cashier will then hand you a piece of paper with your order written on it. Once you’ve found a table you will need to give your piece of paper to a waiter or waitress and you’ll be served as soon as possible.

As it’s a very popular place for the mid-morning snack, make sure to get to El Patio around 10am to avoid missing out.

Costing around 9 Bs ($0.15 US) per salteña, El Patio is a great choice for those looking for an affordable bite to eat in the heart of Sucre.

Hostal CasArte Takubamba

A piece of countryside in the city, Hostal CasArte Takubamba is a welcome reprieve for worn out travelers looking to recharge the batteries.

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Located 5 minutes from the city centre in the historical part of Sucre, the art-inspired house has been totally restored and upgraded to modern standards. Rooms, both private and shared, feature clean bathrooms, spacious dwellings and comfortable furnishings as well as hot-gas powered showers, free WiFi, towels and a TV.

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A complimentary breakfast is served during the morning and guests are welcome to use the guest kitchen (equipped with its very own Andean stone oven!) throughout the day. Also on site is an art gallery displaying works by local artists, a 24 hour reception desk, tv room and a tranquil garden great for relaxing in the sun.
CasArte Takubamba also offer many activities for guests to partake in including painting, Latin guitar, and theatre classes.

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Customer service at the hostel is excellent and the friendly staff are always on hand to provide tips and advice on what to do in and around Sucre. An added bonus is that those arriving by bus very early in the morning will be offered a place to rest with staff checking guests in as soon as possible.

Hostal CasArte Takubamba sucre boliviaTucked down a safe and quiet street away from the hustle and bustle of Sucre, CasArte Takubamba is a cosy retreat perfect for those who appreciate beautiful art, meeting new friends and who enjoy getting a sound nights sleep.

Price: 4 bed mixed dorm $14 per person; 8 bed mixed dorm $11 per person; Private room with ensuite from $39 per room

Traveler’s Guesthouse

Situated in prime position across from the beautiful Parque Boliviar is a friendly hostel offering cheap and cheerful accommodation in Sucre. 

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Guests staying at Traveler’s Guesthouse can choose between basic dorm or private rooms, all of which are clean and comfortable.  There is a bathroom in the dorm, and two more for shared use by guests featuring clean showers and hot water. The room price includes linen and towels. 

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Guests are welcome to make use of the fully equipped kitchen, 24 hour front desk, free Wi-Fi, sunlit patio, TV common area, bike rental, luggage storage and laundry service. They are also encouraged to take part in a number of activities run by the guest house including local Wally Ball outings, cooking classes, BBQs, “family dinners” and salsa dancing. 

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The owner of Traveler’s Guesthouse along with his staff, are extremely friendly, offering top tips on what to see and do around the city.

With its warm environment, spacious communal areas and affordable rooms, Traveler’s Guesthouse is highly recommended for those looking for a home away from home.

Sucre Life Quick Tip:

As voted the best way to travel around Bolivia and Peru, we highly recommend choosing Bolivia Hop as your means of transport. Their safe, flexible and trustworthy service have proven to be the best way of getting the most out of your time in South America!

Price: 4 bed mixed dorm $7 per person; 8 bed mixed dorm $6 per person; Private room $16 per room