POTOSI
POPULATION240,000
ELEVATION>13,000 FEET
MINING DEATHS IN COLONIAL ERA6 MILLION
A city founded as a silver mining town, Potosi produces more than 60,000 tons of silver per year. As such, the downtown area features some gorgeous and intricate baroque inspired architecture. This was once one of the richest cities in South America. Now, while not quite as wealthy, there is certainly plenty to do and see.
Especially if you are a history buff, this is a great place to visit. From taking tours of working mines whose practices really haven’t changed all that much, to checking out the folkloric dances still performed, in many ways Potosi allows guests to step back in time.
  • CERRO RICO

    A near 16,000-foot mountain that really stands at the center of Potosi’s history, Cerro Rico was one time mined by Indian slaves put to work by invading Spanish conquerors. Today the mine is still in operation and a trip inside is truly eye opening in terms of seeing the working conditions many still contend with today.

  • CASA NACIONAL DE MONEDA

    The National Mint of Bolivia can be found here. Now a 20-gallery museum it really does offer tourists a comprehensive look at the region’s past as well as in in-depth overview of the minting process.

  • A COLONIAL PAST

    This city is very much about its colonial heritage. The Spanish came in in the 1500s and all but demolished the Incan empire and enslaved the native citizens forcing them to work in the mines while the Spaniards grew rich. Religious and Spanish inspired architecture as well as typical Spanish streets are hallmarks of the colonial past.

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