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  • Potosi was founded in 1545 as a mining town
  • Potosi is one of the world's highest cities

When on a Bolivia vacation, you can visit one of the highest cities in the world, Potosí, located in southern Bolivia, beneath Cerro de Potosí, a mountain that was once rich in silver helping cement the city’s importance during the New World Spanish Empire.

 Potosí was founded in 1545 as a mining town quickly becoming one of the largest and wealthiest cities in the Americas and the world. Many indigenous people as well as African slaves were used to working the mines facing poor conditions and in many cases, death. By 1672 a mint was built to coin the silver and for many Europeans, Potosí became a mythical city of riches. Early in the 19th century, output began to slow down and tin, then eventually zinc and lead replaced silver preventing Potosí from slipping into obscurity. 

 In 1987, the city was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site serving as a reminder of its rich and tragic history as well as a celebration of its colonial architecture. It is therefore true that a trip to Potosí on a Bolivia vacation is not complete without visiting one of the mines which shows the hardship of life in the mines that exists to this day. The Pailaviri mine is the oldest in the city and has been in continuous production since 1545. Along with the mines are stunning churches, old colonial architecture and a friendly population that makes Potosí a unique place to visit.on Bolivia tours


Bolivia Travel Information

At Goway we believe that a well-informed traveller is a safer traveller. With this in mind, we have compiled an easy-to-navigate travel information section dedicated to a Bolivia vacation.

Learn about the history and culture of Bolivia, the must-try food and drink, and what to pack in your suitcase. Read about Bolivia's nature and wildlife, weather and geography, along with 'Country Quickfacts' compiled by our travel experts. Our globetrotting tips, as well as our visa and health information, will help ensure you're properly prepared for a safe and enjoyable trip. The only way you could possibly learn more is by embarking on your journey and discovering Bolivia for yourself. Start exploring… book one of our Bolivia tours today!


Extend Your Trip

After your Bolivia tours, why not consider another of Goway's Latin America tours? These include a large selection of other exciting countries in Central and South America. We offer Chile vacation packages and Easter Island toursEcuador vacation packages which include Galapagos cruisesPeru vacation packages which include Machu Picchu tours and Brazil tours including Iguassu Falls tours among many others. 


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