At almost 13,450 feet above sea level, Potosí is often said to be the highest city in the world. For many, the city’s name conjures up an image of the great riches enjoyed by the wealthy Spanish colonizers who extracted an estimated two billion ounces of silver from the nearby Cerro Rico (Rich Hill). The city’s name became a byword for wealth and a common saying was even coined around it; something of great value is said to be “vale un Potosí,” literally “to be worth a Potosi.” Despite these connotations, Potosí’s story is, sadly, as much about poverty as it is about wealth, with the colonial powers using the indigenous people for cheap labor.
In the UNESCO-listed city, the lavish building projects funded by the silver mining industry still stand. Wander around the streets and marvel at the showy mansions, town houses and exuberant churches, as well as the lavish Casa de la Moneda (Royal Mint) where much of the silver would have passed through.
If your private tour of Bolivia takes you to Potosí, consider visiting the traditional communities nearby too, where locals still don traditional, handmade outfits.
Things to see & do in Potosi
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