Potosí Travel Guide

  • Potosí
    by lotharlerch
  • Things to Do
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  • Things to Do
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Potosí Things to Do

  • Some streets in Potosí

    Many of the streets in Potosí are quite steep. When you are strolling along them be aware that you are at more than 4000 meters above sea level. If you are not sufficiently adapted to the high altitude you may experience interesting effects or even a collapse.

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  • Markets in Potosí

    Wherever I am traveling I try to see the one or other market. The markets here cover - as everywhere - the needs for food of the locals but here exist some specific needs. To chew coca is very common here and has traditions reading back millennia into the past. On the second pic you see a scene from the small miners market just below the mines of...

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  • Co-Operative Mines

    First choose your tour company. There are many companies and many mines.I can tell you about the one I chose, based on what i had been told.Koala Tours right by the cathedral charged $10 for the tour. Tours leave at 8.30am and 2.30pm and last about 4-5 hours.The group are collected by minibus and taken to a house up the hill to get changed into the...

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  • Convento de - Santa Teresa - Convent

    Construido en 1761, guarda una bella colección de cuadros y objetos religiosos procedentes de las dotes de las 21 monjas de clausura , de la nobleza de Potosí , que vivían en el conventoBuilt on 1761 , it has a very beautiful collection of paintings and religious objects from the dowries of the 21 nuns , of the Potosí nobility that lived in the...

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  • Iglesia de San Francisco

    Es la primera iglesia que se edificó en Potosí En su interior muestra una exposición de cuadros de la colonia , entre ellos uno de Melchor Perez HolguínDesde sus terrazas hay una buena vista del Cerro RicoThe first church built in Potosí .Inside is an important paintings exposition , between them is one of Melchor Perez HolguínFrom his terraces...

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  • Templo de - San Lorenzo - Temple

    La Iglesia de San Lorenzo tiene una portada labrada con las más representativas imágenes del arte mestizo y es el ejemplo más significativo de la arquitectura americana .Incluye deidades indígenas , como el sol, la luna y las estrellas, junto a los símbolos del cristianismo. San Lorenzo Church has a facade carved with the most representatives...

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  • La Casa de la Moneda Mascarón/ Mask

    Siempre hubo discusiones sobre cuál era el significado del Mascarón que hay en la Casa de la Moneda. Hoy en día se sigue sin tener una respuesta clara y se manejan las siguientes opciones : Dios Baco , Dios de los Indígenas , Caricatura de Presidente , Caricatura del Director , Rostro de Diego Huallpa ( El primer indígena que extrajo plata del...

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  • La Casa de la Moneda

    Debido a la gran extracción de plata del Cerro Rico , el crecimiento de la población y la expansión del comercio el virrey Francisco de Toledo decide construir la Primera Casa de la Moneda La visita es muy interesante , pues se puede ver una gran exposición de cuadros , de esculturas , de minerales , de monedas y las antiguas máquinas con las que...

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  • The great museum in the center

    When you come to Potosi do not miss very interesting museum where you learn a lot about Potosi history. It is worth its price.

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Potosí Hotels

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  • Colonial Hotel

    C.Hoyos 8 Potosi Bolivia South America, Potosi,

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 2 out of 5 stars

  • Libertador Hotel

    C. Millares 58 Potosi Bolivia South America, Pot

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 2.5 out of 5 stars

  • Hostal La Casona Potosi

    Chuquisaca # 460 and Tarija, Potosi, 02, Bolivia

    Satisfaction: Terrible

    Good for: Solo

Potosí Restaurants

  • Try to eat Llamaýs meat

    You know when you are outside of your country you always want to try different food or something. so this restaurant offers you that. their especiality is llama?s meat. so i really recommend you to try it. Recently after doing some studies, the doctor tell that is better to it llama`s meat than cow`s meat because it has less colestherol.Ustedes...

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  • Outside of Dona Eugenia

    It is a long walk to Dona Eugenia from downtown Potosi. It is located out by the cemetery. I tried to walk from the Hotel Claudia the first evening I was in Potosi but gave up after 10 min. because I was not sure I was going the right way. I even asked several people, including a policeman. Most had not heard of it and my Spanish was not good...

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  • Traditional Soup with a Hot Rock

    I had read about this Potosi restaurant in the Rough Guide and wanted to try it (I had forgotten that it was Richiecdisc's favorite restaurant in Bolivia). I tried to walk to it the first evening (see below) but did not make it, so I asked to have lunch there on the tour the next day. The guide was surprised when I knew about it. BTW, Roberto...

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  • Vegetarian ! Vegetarien !

    Eat local vegetarian food in a nice place, in the center of Potosi...Mangez vegetarien dans un endroit sympa, en plein centre de Potosi... The ones with vegetables and soja steak !Ceux ou y a des legumes et des steacks de soja !!

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  • Nice place to eat and surf - Manger et...

    A nice place to eat good meals and go on the internet after...Un endroit sympa pour bien manger et surfer sur le web apres... Pastas are greaaaaaaaat (but not on the menu, ask for them !)Les pates sont super (mais pas sur la carte, faut demander).

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  • Good, though... Bon, mais...

    The breakfast, as proposed on the menu, ssems to be very good : it may be, but it depends on who is cooking : if it is not the owner, you won't probably get what yuo expected...Le petit-dej, tel que propose sur la carte, a l'air bon : il peut l'etre, mais ca depend de qui cuisine : et si ce n'est pas la proprio, vous n'aurez certainement pas ce que...

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Potosí Nightlife

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    by richiecdisc Updated Mar 2, 2003

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    We did look for a place to have a drink, our group was in the mood for it, but really we could not find one place. Cuzco it was not! But there was a lively street scene and we had a lot of fun walking around and sampling various snacks and beverages.

    setting up early morning but busy at night

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Potosí Transportation

  • Potosí - Uyuni Viaje duro/Hard trip

    El viaje a Uyuni se hace en autobús por una carretera de tierra , con una parada para comer , y se tardan 7 horas . Hay dos compañías de autobuses , nosotros fuimos con una que se llama Diana y tampoco hay muchas más alternativas para hacer este viajeEl precio son 5$The travel to Uyuni is made by bus in a dirty road , with one stop for lunch , and...

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  • Buses to many important cities in...

    Most buses go from the bus terminal which is on the way to the railway station. Bus transport in Bolivia is cheap but do not expect as nice buses as in Chile or Argentina.I can not say whether there are still trains operating from Potosí.In the bus terminal beware of pickpockets!

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  • Blue bus to Potosi

    There are two ways to get to Potosi, the first one is by bus. And the second one is getting by airplane. I really recommend the first one, because is cheaper and you`ll be able to see the countryside.There are so many buses to get there. Also from anywhere. from La Paz it takes around ten hours. from Oruro six hours. And the departures are...

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Potosí Shopping

  • nice place to shop

    I found potos? market quite good for quality(reality)/price: digging into the market you can find some real fabric for a reasonable price. what I cannot understand is how they can sell all (you can count more than a hudred cakes) that creamy cakes in a day ... maybe they're just relying in the freezing climate up there. fabric, wool, and...

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  • local market

    The main market was an interesting one, selling lots of great produce and other assorted food items. It was open well into the evening, which was a pleasant diversion after dark too. Potosi has some of the better chocolate in Bolivia, especially their dark bitter one.

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  • Potosí Hotels

    4 Hotels in Potosí

Potosí Local Customs

  • Visita a las minas/Mines visit...

    Antes de entrar a la parte de la mina donde está el Tío , pasas por una especie de altares donde guardan a sus "dioses menores" y los recuerdos de la minaefore going to the mine area where is the "Tío" , you pass an area where are some kind of altars to keep their "minor gods" and the memories of the mine

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  • Visita a las minas/Mines visit...

    Antes de entrar a la parte de la mina donde está el Tío , pasas por una especie de altares donde guardan a sus "dioses menores" y los recuerdos de la minaefore going to the mine area where is the "Tío" , you pass an area where are some kind of altars to keep their "minor gods" and the memories of the mine

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  • Visita a las minas/Mines visit El...

    Dentro de la mina los mineros tienen un lugar muy especial para el Tío , que es una representación del demonio o deidad poseedora de las minas a quien se reza para sacar el metal de sus entrañas , a la que respetan y los viernes por la tarde a parte de hacerle ofrendas de tabaco , coca ... se toman con él unos buenos lingotazos de alcoholInside the...

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Potosí Warnings and Dangers

  • The Mines

    You have take take note of the danger that exists.Cave in..... Not common, but cave in can happen and will kill you.Air......The air is thick with dust and poison. Wear a mask and stay calmRails......Carts full of minerals whizz around the mine. Stay alert and move aside quicklyWhen I was there, one guy had a panic attack in the mine, another girl...

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  • Soroche

    When visiting the mines be aware that the normal acclimatization to the thin air at more than 4000 meters above sea level does not mean that it is also good for a visit of the interior of Cerro Rico. As a normally tall tourist you can seldom walk or stand upright in the mountain and the atmosphere contains even less of oxygen than outside but quite...

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  • bad road, be ready to the worst

    right pray and forget your existing problems, have fun if possible!!, I saw cliff, waterways, dust, and noise all the time, but it´s the real world, i see no old tourist!!

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Potosí Off The Beaten Path

  • Highways and buses

    Unless you are an experienced traveller... think twice before taking buses along the southern highways. They are all very old buses, most of the time without service on-board and the distances seem to be endless though extremely crappy unpaved routes!But... if you like adventures and the simple joy of taking the risk, by all means... just go ahead!...

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  • Not Sure the Mine Is Worse Than This

    These women were working in an unbelievably polluted river. I was not able to figure out just what they were doing. The river was like a thick gray soup. Whatever was in that water could not be good, even to just touch your skin.

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  • Future Cobblestone Street

    Many of the streets in Bolivian cities are paved with stones. Here is one before it is finished. Cerro Rico looms in the background.

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Potosí Favorites

  • Altitude...

    Potosi is one of the highest cities in the World... it's about 4.200 meters above the sea level, which is a lot! Even though I didn't have major problems because of the lack of oxygen... walking around is tough. Don't even try to play soccer with the locals!If you've never been to such a high place before... take the proper pills. In my case, I...

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  • Dress right

    Going down the mines isn't to be taken lightly, it is dangerous, hot and dusty, Every silver Peso coin minted in Potosi has cost the lives of 10 Indians who have died in the depths of these mines...

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  • COLONIAL CHURCHES...

    As the colonial streets, the churches are very beautiful. You know when the Spanish arrive in America they also bring the Religion.So, they built plenty of good churches around the city.Como las calles coloniales, las iglesias son tambien muy bonitas. Ustedes saben cuando los Españoles llegaron a America, tambien trajeron la relgion catòlica a esta...

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Cerro Rico - the leftovers from the mining
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Silver mines
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The silver mines
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Replica of the Statue of Liberty
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The Colonial Royal Mint
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Monument to All Miners
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Plaza 6 de Agosto
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Where She Lives and Works
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Centuries of Mining
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Once Important, Now Abandoned
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Excellent Guide in Potosi
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