Welcome to Mizque
This pretty colonial village enjoys a lovely pastoral setting on the Río Mizque. Founded as the Villa de Salinas del Río Pisuerga in 1549, it soon came to be known as the Ciudad de las 500 Quitasoles (City of 500 Parasols), after the sun shields used by the locals. It makes a nice escape from the cities and main tourist sights, and the few visitors who pass through on trips between Sucre and Cochabamba are impressed by the beauty of the Mizque and Tucuna Valleys, where flocks of macaws squawk in the early morning. There's a small archaeological and historical museum, and the Iglesia Matríz, lovingly restored after a 1998 earthquake, once served as the seat of the Santa Cruz Bishopric (until the seat was shifted to Arani in 1767).
There's an indigenous Rankay Pampa community in the surrounding hills; Monday is the day many come to town for supplies.