The official capital of Bolivia is Sucre, which is located at a high elevation in the Andes mountains of the Chuquisaca Department. This department lies in the south-central region of Bolivia. The independence movement against the Spanish began in this city in 1809. Because of its economic importance and involvement with the independence movement, Sucre was chosen to be the provisional capital of Bolivia in 1826. Its status as capital was made official in 1839. Despite being the official capital of Bolivia, all governmental activity is carried out in La Paz, which is considered the seat of government. La Paz was chosen as the seat of government in 1898 after the economy near Sucre lost its stability. Today, Sucre is home to the Supreme Court.

As of 2011, Sucre had a population size of approximately 300,000 individuals, making it the 6th most populated city in Bolivia. It is recognized for its well-preserved colonial architecture, including buildings like the National Library, the Archbishop’s Palace, and the Supreme Court of Justice. In contrast, La Paz has a population size of 877,363. Its entire metropolitan area is much larger, home to over 2.36 million individuals. This number makes La Paz the most populated city in the country. Additionally, this city is recognized for its improving economy and modern financial district.

Of the 2 capital cities of Bolivia, La Paz is the most popular with tourists. Sucre, however, offers a number of activities. Tourists in Sucre have fun visiting the city center, where several municipal and regional government buildings can be found, in addition to the Cathedral and the Casa de la Libertad. Outside of the city, hiking is the most popular activity. Hikers often visit the 7 Waterfalls, dinosaur footprints, and the Marawa crater. In La Paz, tourists can observe the Presidential Palace, Central Park, traditional markets, and several museums.

The climate of Sucre is considered a subtropical highland, due to its extreme elevation at 9,153 feet above sea level. This altitude ensures that Sucre experiences mild temperatures year-round. In fact, the hottest temperature ever recorded for this city was only 94.5° fahrenheit. The coldest month of the year is in July, when the average temperature is around 46.9° fahrenheit. La Paz has a similar climate and is located at a much higher elevation, over 13,000 feet above sea level. In this city, the average temperature in July reaches around 44.2° fahrenheit. La Paz also receives slightly less precipitation every year than Sucre.

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