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There are not reasons to hurry. Potosi has to be known slowly, calmly and even with certain laxity. Only this way, one would be able to avoid the perverse rigors of the height. This simple caution will allow you to know every corner of the Imperial Village, and even, to enter in one of its historical mines, in which you will have the chance of talking with the men that hole obstinately the bowel of the earth in search of silver.

The city is characterized by its Baroque architecture, Bolivia Pictures - City Potosi - Travel to Boliviaits profusion of churches, monasteries and temples, palaces and mansions that adorn the narrow and paved streets.
In the department of Potosi is located the impressive Salar de Uyuni that has become one of the main tourist attractions in Bolivia. With an extension of 12,000 square kilometers, the place is a white sea of salt surrounded by a chain of mountains.

In your stay in Potosi, you should visit the following places:

Cerro Rico: "Do not take silver out of this hill, it will Bolivia Pictures - Mine Potosi - Travel to Boliviabe for another person", was prophesized by the spirit of the majestic mountain to the men of the Inca Huayna Capac, that were looking for the mineral. Years later, the Spaniards arrived to Potosi. The adage was fulfilled. The conquerors began to get rich with the silver and tin of Cerro Rico.

Eternal guardian of the city, Cerro Rico is crossed by 5,000 mine entrances and tunnels, many of which are interconnected, forming intricate labyrinths.

Casa Real De La Moneda: In many specialists' Bolivia Pictures - House Money - Travel to Boliviaopinion, it is the most important building in the colonial architecture of South America. Its construction began in 1750 and concluded in 1773. The works were in charge of the manufacturer and architect Salvador de Vila. This mansion -considered a national monument- occupies a square and stores valuable samples of paintings and sculptures; besides furniture and other objects of historical interest.


The biggest attractions in this house -turn into a museum- are the lamination machineries used to wedge coins, the main oven for silver foundry and the collection of dies for coining money. A picturesque detail is the smiling polychrome mask that is at the entrance and that would have been placed at the beginning of the War of Independence, with the intention of covering a royal plate.


Temple of San Lorenzo: Its cover of two bodies is really attractive. The temple, reformed by the middle of the 18th century, shows in its interior an arch of half point with ornamentation, in which are remarkable two naked feminine figures called indiátides.

Temple of Copacabana: it was built in the 17th century. Known by its Mudejar style and its wooden dome. Its cover of manierista style deserves to be thoroughly seen, as does its major altarpiece worked in stone.

Other churches that deserve to be visited are: San Martin, San Benito, La Merced and Santa Teresa.

Lagunas Artificiales: In 1575, the viceroy Toledo ordered to build several artificial lagoons east of the city that would be useful to accumulate water during the rainy season, with the intention of using them in the dry periods. The main lagoons are: San Sabastián, Chaviri, Ppisco Ccocha, San Idelfonso and Laccka Chaca.

Toro Toro: Caverns with ancient paintings, prints of saurian, fossils, tips of lances and other archaeological vestiges, are in these caverns, located northwest of Potosi.

Salar de Uyuni: With an extension of 12,000 square kilometers, the Salar de Uyuni, also known as the "Alaska of Bolivia ", is located in a deserted region southwest of the country, between the departments of Potosi and Oruro. The color of its deserts, its volcanic lands and fabulous lagoons, are not only attractive but incomparable.

The lagoons are part of the Eduardo Avaroa National Park and have the singular characteristic of changing color according to the time of the day. But the beauty of these mirrors of water go further on. In the Laguna Colorada or Nido de los Andes, there are more than 30,000 flamingos of three varieties; and also, vizcachas, geisers and volcanic wells.

Isla Lomo de Pescado: is a beautiful cactus and coral island, in which remains of old civilizations exist.

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