A three hour drive from Sucre through the rolling hills and tiny villages of rural Bolivia brings you to the 200 year old Hacienda La Candelaria, which has been transformed into a simple guest house. The emphasis on a stay at this hacienda is an authentic local experience rather than a luxury stay. It is a rustic adobe-brick hacienda built around an impressive court-yard, with limited electricity and no hot running water, but with plenty of atmosphere.
Visit the Hacienda's grain storage rooms, orchards, private chapel and unique native museum. The region is famous for its hand-made textile production and you can see demonstrations and workshops on local weaving styles, traditional cooking, dance performances as well as walks to neighbouring villages and pre-Inca sites. You will see traditional meals prepared over a simple wood stove and dinner is by candle light. The Hacienda grows its own corn, potatoes, and chili peppers.
The predominant religion throughout Bolivia is Roman Catholic. Although there is a scattering of other Christian faiths, indigenous Bolivians have blended Catholicism and their traditional beliefs. An example is the near synonymous association of Pacha Mama (Mother Earth) and the Virgin Mary.