Everlasting Silver City 

Founded back in 1546, Potosi became one of the wealthiest cities in South America due to the discovery of silver in the surrounding hills (Cerro Rico). This discovery was highly significant as it funded the Spanish Empire on their mission to colonize the New World. 

Today one of the most exciting and enlightening activities here is a visit to one of the cooperative mines, where working methods have developed very little since the colonial era. On these tours, miners eagerly accept gifts of alcohol and dynamite before allowing tourists in to see the dreadful conditions of their workplace.

But there's a lot more to Potosi. - From museums that will make you travel back in time to beautiful churches, exciting markets, or inviting restaurants - excitement will be endless, as long as you're there.

The Area

Potosi is a city in the southern highlands of Bolivia with a vast mining history. It is also one of the highest cities in the world at a nominal 4,090 meters (13,420 ft). Its history is also very rich as for centuries it was the location of the Spanish colonial mint.

Best Time To Go

Because of its altitude, Potosi is cold throughout most of the year. Summer temperatures will not be higher than 55ºF (13ºC). Best months to visit - February, March, April, May, August, September, October and November.


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