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Lagunas del Kari Kari - Trekking Potosí - Bolivia

Eight kilometers southeast of Potosí rest artificial lakes that were constructed in the late 16th and early 17th centuries by indigenous slaves. The purpose was to provide water for the city’s residents, as well as to produce hydroelectric power to run the smelters. Twenty-two lakes were built in total to retain the water needed by the silver refineries. Such lakes included Kari Kari, Lake Ray and Lake Challviri.

Trekking and camping are possible around the lakes. The views of the Andean scenery is stunning, topped off by the high mountains and impressive backdrops. A short walk around the lakes and Cerro Mesono is popular for those looking for something quite easy with good views.

Get there by walking or hitching a lift. Various tour operators in Potosí also offer trips to Lagunas del Kari Kari. Most have 4x4 tours for one- or two-day treks. Those opting for two or more days will often get the chance to stay overnight at a local’s house.

Potosí, Bolivia


Getting There

Eight kilometers south east of the city, the lagunas are best reached by car or in a tour group.

Travel Skills: beginner/easy.

You Need to Bring:

Take a camera.


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