Lying in the shadow of Cerro de Potosí (other wise known as Cerro Rico) the town of Potosi owes it’s existence to this ‘Rich mountain’ which has provided the towns wealth since its foundation in 1546 as a mining town. In its heyday when it was mined for primarily for silver, Potosi was one of the largest cities in the Americas and the world, with a population exceeding 200,000 people. During your stay here, make sure to visit the mine, meet the miners who still work here and learn about the town’s fascinating history.
UNESCO World Heritage Site Casa De La Moneda
Cerro Rico Mines
Activities in Potosi
12h Potosi to Sucre
Journey from Potosi with private driver and guide to visit one of the highest cities in the world, Potosí, which is literally translated as fortune. A natural treasure chest that once funded the Spanish colonists, Potosí holds Cerro Rico (the rich mountain) formerly brimming with extensive silver mines. The city is a living witness of South American history and contains colonial relics as well as numerous churches. Explore the UNESCO World Heritage ‘Casa de la Moneda’ where the national mint was once made and learn the stories of Potosí with your private guide before returning to Sucre in the evening.
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