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Potosí Things to See and Do

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Potosí offers an array of things to see and do. The main attractions are tours to the cooperative mines, although visitors have a wealth of other options for things to do in the town. The famous Casa de la Moneda is located in the heart of the city, as are many beautiful, ornate churches and fine buildings. Many tour operators offer city tours, which are well worth the money for the informative and helpful information that is given. Excursions further afield are a great way to explore Potosí’s surroundings. A trip to the Lagunas del Kari Kari is a great option for those who would like to do some trekking in the area.

By Catherine Ellis
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23 Feb 2010

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Mine Tours

Mine Tours

Potosí’s star attraction is the Cerro Rico Mountain, which is the town’s lifeblood and has been mined for more than 500 years. There are...

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Potosí, Bolivia

La Capilla de Nuestra Señora de Jerusalén

This chapel was originally constructed in honor of the Virgen de Candelaria and was rebuilt during the 18th Century. There are some impressive...

Historical Building
Potosí, Bolivia

Lagunas del Kari Kari

Eight kilometers southeast of Potosí rest artificial lakes that were constructed in the late 16th and early 17th centuries by indigenous slaves. The...

Potosí, Bolivia

Museo y Convento de San Francisco

San Francisco is the oldest church�in Potosí. The convent was founded in 1547 by Fray Gaspar de Valverde, was later demolished, and�then...

Historical Building
Potosí, Bolivia

Museo y Convento de Santa Teresa

The construction of the impressive Santa Teresa convent began in 1685 and construction took six years. The woman who was responsible for...

Historical Building
Potosí, Bolivia

La Torre de la Compañía de Jesús

The bell tower is all that remains of the former Jesuit church. The tower was completed in 1707, before original bulding collapsed. The sight...

Historical Building
Potosí, Bolivia


Work began on the Cathedral in 1564, but reconstruction took place during the 18th Century, after the center aisle collapsed. Most of what is now...

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Potosí, Bolivia

Calle Quijarro

This quaint street has many colonial buildings, and is thought to have once been home to many of the city's potters. Family crests can...

City Walk
Potosí, Bolivia

Temple of San Lorenzo

San Lorenzo is an attractive church next to the central market. Construction started in 1548, but by the middle of the 18th Century it was still...

Historical Building
Potosí, Bolivia

Iglesia San Bernardo

This former church and convent was built in the late 16th Century, further restoration took place in the late 1720s through to the 19th Century. It...

Historical Building
Potosí, Bolivia

Los Ingenios

Some fine examples of former ingenios (smelters) that were an important infrastructure used to extract silver from the ore in Cerro Rico....

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Potosí, Bolivia

Iglesia de San Agustín

This is a fascinating church with fine architecture and a grand Renaissance entryway. San Augustín has underground catacombs tha create a spooky...

Historical Building
Potosí, Bolivia

Iglesia de la Merced

This restored church was originally built in 1555 and completed in 1580, and further renovation took place in the following century. The...

Historical Building
Potosí, Bolivia

Casa Nacional de Moneda

While in Potosí it is unlikely you will miss the Casa Nacional de Moneda. The building itself is massive, taking up a whole city block, and the...

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