I just arrived in Sucre a few months ago, but I knew that if I was going to be here for a year I would have to figure out a routine. Not just where to live and work, but where to buy groceries, the best restaurants to eat, the cafes with great internet, and a gym to stay in shape and clear my head. Thankfully, after only about 2 weeks of asking around, I managed to find a gym with yoga classes – score!
If you’re in Sucre and interested in getting/staying in shape – read below to find out more about the gym!
The class schedule is displayed at the reception desk, and the room they use for most classes is quite spacious (with a great view of the city).
When I first got here and talked to other people, nobody really knew of any good yoga studios. Apparently there had been some but they closed, and when you look it up online it’s hard to find anything. The German institute also has classes, but they’re always full since their room only holds about 8 people. Thankfully, this gym has lots of classes! They range from cycling/spin classes to yoga, from Zumba to body combat. They have both morning and evening classes. I’m sure they change from time to time, but I have posted a picture of the existing schedule above.
There are many different spin classes, plus yoga and other classes (which I haven’t tried, but look interesting).
Membership + Prices
Now there are definitely cheaper gyms in Sucre. I call them “guy gyms” but I guess that’s not very gender equal of me. What I mean is it’s a small room like a garage, with lots of free weights and that’s about it. However, they’re really cheap – like $1 per visit (5 Bolivianos). If you just want weights – that’s perfect for you (though their hours are a bit less than ideal, and you’ll often find them closed randomly). If you want nice showers, WiFi, classes, and lots of cardio machines (open at pretty much all hours), then you’ll want a western style gym.
Left: Break down of the different price options. Right: Great outdoor area (with punching bags for certain classes).
It’s definitely not cheap. It’s probably the same price as an average gym in Canada. They have monthly and annual costs. The year-long membership is the cheapest. Therefore, it’s about 3,120Bs.($450US)/year and 260Bs.($38US)/month, but I think it’s reasonable if you’re really going like 3 times a week and making use of the facilities. If you go 3x/week then the price per visit is only like 3 bucks (which is what you would pay for a coffee if you needed to go to a cafe for internet anyway). If you’re only here for a few days/weeks then you can pay a drop-in rate, or get a monthly pass for about 380Bs.
There’s tons of cardio machines, and the view over the city is amazing.
I know the most important part about a gym is the fitness machines and classes. Everything else is just extra. But sometimes those extras can help to explain the price… Here are some of the great features they offer at Vista:
- Manager speaks English (well)
- Hot showers with lots of water pressure
- Small towels and locks provided at each visit (plus large towels if you want to shower)
- Open long hours (I think about 6am to 11pm on weekdays – less on weekends)
- Pretty decent WiFi (for checking emails, uploading pics, or downloading movies)
- Cute cafe area (serves snacks, electrolytes, shakes, coffee, etc.) or you can chill there to get some work done on your computer.
- No ID card needed (so you can’t forget it), just scan in with your thumb print
- Lots of variety in classes/times
- Great view!
The facilities are quite modern. Including lots of lockers (they provide a lock for free at each visit) and a cool entry system that uses your thumbprint (so you don’t have to worry about forgetting your ID card)!
Step 1 – Start at the central plaza in Sucre (Plaza 25 de Mayo). Head towards the corner where the cathedral is – the street is called Calle Nicolas Ortiz (and later turns into Calle Juan Jose Perez).
Step 2 – Walk about 3 blocks down until you’re in front of BNB bank, and SAS supermarket. There’s some ATMs, benches, some cars for sale, and an escalator.
Step 3 – Take the stairs or escalator up to the second floor, where the food court is. Then takes the stairs up again. You can also take the elevator up to the gym (Floor 3), it’s located on the right side of SAS.
Step 4 – You’re here. Once you see the sign, head up a few more stairs and you’re at the gym (on the top floor).
The bathrooms/change rooms are not huge but they are clean and modern.
Vista used to be a high-end dance club a few years ago before it was shut down and turned into a gym. You can tell by all the open space, the bar (now cafe) area, and the great sound-system that’s installed throughout the space.
There are lots of different types of machines to use, plus a free-weight area.