Juana Azurduy, revolutionary hero, Casa de la Libertad

Juana Azurduy, revolutionary hero, Casa de la Libertad

Chuquisaca Governorship Palace (formerly Palace of Government of Bolivia)

Chuquisaca Governorship Palace (formerly Palace of Government of Bolivia)

Declaration of Independence, Casa de la Libertad

Declaration of Independence, Casa de la Libertad

Apiaguaiki Tumpa, Casa de la Libertad

Apiaguaiki Tumpa, Casa de la Libertad

Rooftop, El Hotel de Su Merced

Rooftop, El Hotel de Su Merced

Parque Simón Bolívar

Parque Simón Bolívar

Traditional dance

Traditional dance

La Serenata

La Serenata

Bolivia

Sucre

May 2019 • Sucre ("sugar" in French) is a very sweet spot. In bright sunlight, the whitewash on the colonial-era buildings is blindingly on-brand, ensuring the town's status as Bolivia's White City and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Javi and Alex preceded me by several days and sang Sucre's praises via email, with an added heads-up that I'd be there during a festival. But "festival" hardly begins to describe the pop-up parades with students and marching bands honoring Bolivia's independence, the laboratory-themed chocolate fair sponsored by the country's largest purveyor, the thousands of partyers at the late-night La Serenata concert, and the eerie quiet on Sunday when most residents were either sleeping off their patriotism or spending quality time at home with family. 

Juana Azurduy, revolutionary hero, Casa de la Libertad

Chuquisaca Governorship Palace (formerly Palace of Government of Bolivia)

Declaration of Independence, Casa de la Libertad

Apiaguaiki Tumpa, Casa de la Libertad

Rooftop, El Hotel de Su Merced

Parque Simón Bolívar

Traditional dance

La Serenata