Day 52, Bolivia: Sucre
Trip Start May 31, 2010
32Trip End Aug 26, 2010
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Where I stayed
Hostal Cruz Popayan
Very much a Spanish city during the colonial era, the narrow streets of the city centre are organised in a grid, reflecting the Andalusian culture that is embodied in the architecture of the city's great houses and numerous convents and churches.
Sucre's temperate climate was preferred by the Spanish royalty and wealthy families involved in silver trade coming from Potosi.
Sucre's University is one of the oldest universities in the new world.
Many argue Sucre was the epicenter that initiated the independence campaign against Spain in all of Latin America. The first "Grito Libertario" (Shout for Freedom) in any Western Hemisphere Spanish colony of took place in Sucre in 1809. Ironically, Bolivia was the last territory to gain its independence in 1825.
In 1991, Sucre became a UNESCO World Heritage Site.