Sucre is a beautiful city whether you are wandering the cobblestone streets, relaxing in one of the perfectly manicured plazas, or getting a view of the city from above.
Despite all of the bad things I have heard about travel in Bolivia, the same people always follow up their comments with…
But it’s the most beautiful country in South America.
I took a tour with a local agency Joy Ride to get outside of the city and see the surrounding mountains, including the Maragua Crater, the Inca Trail, and the tiny town Potolo.
The beauty of this area is absolutely stunning.
I have met a lot of travelers who stop in the city for a few days (or even weeks) and leave without seeing the incredible landscapes just a day trip away.
If you visit Sucre, plan time in your schedule to take a day tour. I actually wish I had signed up for the 2-day tour to have more time in this area.
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After a 1.5 hour drive, we arrived at the Inca Trail. Most people think of Machu Picchu when you mention the Inca Trail, but there are actually multiple Inca Trails throughout this part of South America. They were an active bunch.
From the Inca Trail, we could see the Maragua Crater.
There are multiple stories about how these shapes were formed, but I prefer the locals story that these are the thumbprints of God. For the two-day tour, you hike all the way there and spend a night in the village.
Once we finished the easy hike, we drove to the tiny town of Potolo. The great views kept coming.
Potolo was completely empty, except for these cows walking across the central plaza.
This is one of the poorest towns in the area. They live off of agriculture, and some of the women make tejidos similar to what I saw at the Tarabuco market.
And more great landscapes on the way back with stops for photos.
Take a Tour!
Joy Ride offers a variety of tours to the areas around Sucre, as well as other travel agency services. In addition to hiking and mountain biking, you can go paragliding, climbing, and motorbiking. They are professional and provide quality guides, lunches, and transportation.