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Bolivia Sucre and Potosi

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When's the best time to visit Sucre and Potosi?

Most rain falls Dec-Mar in both cities: there is a little less sunshine in this period in what are otherwise sunny cities. Potosí is at a higher altitude and can be very cold at night, especially in Jun-Jul.

For more detailed information visit our When To Go section.

What's the official language of Sucre and Potosi?

Spanish.

What's the time difference between Sucre, Potosi and UK?

GMT -4 hours.

What places combine well with Sucre and Potosi?

La Paz, (416km) Bolivia’s capital city accessible by air in 1hr; the salt lakes of Uyuni, close to the Chilean border; Santa Cruz in the eastern lowlands (260km), close to interesting Jesuit missions and bio-diverse Ambor National Park, 30 mins by air.

How do I get to Sucre and Potosi?

Fly to Sucre from La Paz (1hr) or Santa Cruz 30mins), Potosí is accessible by road from La Paz (11hrs), Uyuni (7hrs) and Sucre (2-3hrs).

What are the festivals and cultural events in Sucre and Potosi?

Carnival Minero (Potosí): Feb or Mar, 2 weeks before the Oruro Carnival. Miners dance down from the Cerro Rico, mineral-rich hill dominating the town, carrying the effigy of their god El Tio who normally resides underground.

End May: An exciting car rally begins and ends in Sucre.

Virgin de Guadalupe: 7-8 Sept in Sucre, fiesta singing and poetry, with traditional (is not an English word) dancing in costumes from all over the country.

Festival International de la Cultura: Oct-Nov, Sucre and Potosí: a fortnight of events.

How do I get local currency in Sucre and Potosi?

Peso boliviano. Notes in local currency can be withdrawn from several ATMs in central Sucre and Potosí. There are also money exchanges (casas de cambio), shops and banks which exchange US dollars. (a few may accept euros or sterling but the rate may be poor).

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