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Named after South American patriot Simon Bolivar, who led the fight against Spain for South American independence, Bolivia is in fact the South American nation that has retained much of the pre-Columbian culture and customs of the various Native American tribes, notably the Incas and the Aymara. This is readily apparent in the food and music throughout the country, but is far less evident in Sucre. In fact, this is what separates Sucre from the other capital city of La Paz.
Sucre was actually the first capital city of Bolivia, and was originally the capital of Spain’s eastern colonies in South America. It was also home to the independence movement led by Bolivar, who remains a heroic figure in the city. Sucre also retains the honor of being the cultural center of the nation with a flavor that is much more Spanish. This is not to say that the Incan influences aren’t here, but they’re far less pronounced than in the rest of Bolivia.The city is filled with traditional markets, shops and restaurants, and in many ways visitors can find similarities to a traditional mid-sized Spanish town. Because the city was founded in 1538, many of the original buildings, many of which are still standing in fact, are older than many towns in Spain!