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.
city is characterized by its Baroque architecture, its
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
your stay in Potosi, you should visit
the following places:
Rico: "Do not take silver out of this hill, it
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.
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' opinion,
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
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
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.
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.
that deserve to be visited are: San
Martin, San Benito,
La Merced and Santa
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
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.
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.
Lomo de Pescado:
is a beautiful cactus and coral island, in which remains of old