Lugares Turísticos en Potosi, Bolivia


Minas de Plata

Una de las principales atracciones turísticas de Potosí en Bolivia es el Cerro Rico. Desde las profundidades de esta increíble montaña, se han extraído grandes cantidades de plata desde 1545.

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Casa Nacional de la Moneda

The Casa de la Moneda is a vast, elegant, and strikingly beautiful building that takes up a whole city block. In many specialists' opinion, it is the most important building among 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

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Parque Nacional Toro Toro

The National Park Toro Toro is located to the north of Potosi, Bolivia. Among the attractions are the cavern of Huma Jalanta, Huaca Senka. There are tracks of dinosaurs, the Inca ruins of Flame Chaqui and cave paintings.

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Vergel Waterfall, Toro Toro

The Vergel waterfall is located just three kilometers to the north from Toro Toro Town and offers to its visitors a contrasting landscape after rocky canyon formations.

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Wayllas Mountain and the Dinosaur footprints

Wallyas Mountain treasures 80 million year old dinosaur footprints and fossils just five minutes away from Toro Toro town by car.

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Umajalanta Cavern

The Umajalanta Cavern is located just 10 kilometers away from Toro Toro town. It is 4600 meters long and offers to its visitors impressive subterranean views of stalagmites and stalactites.

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Itas City

Itas city is a unique place 21 kilometers to the west of Toro Toro town with huge rocky formations whose particular shape resembles a real city.

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Casa de las Tres Portadas

This construction is also known as 'Las Recogidas' (The Cloistered Ones). It used to be a community house for lay sisters, most of whom were Natives. This religious construction belongs to the Franciscan Order

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Plaza 10 de Noviembre

The Main Square, also known as 'Plaza del Regocijo' mostly because twice a year, since 1890, this is the site where the Carnival is celebrated, as well as other national holidays. In the past it was the place for bull fights

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Kari Kari Lagoon

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 artificial lagoons of Potosi are considered to be one of the main elements of the mining infrastructure.

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Arcos de Cobija

Potosi's elaborate colonial architecture merits a stroll around the narrow streets to take in the ornate doorways and facades, as well as the covered wooden balconies that overhang the streets. Architecturally notable are the Arcos de Cobija on the street of the same name.

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Calle Quijarro

Unesco World Heritage North of the Iglesia de San Agustin, Calle Quijarro narrows as it winds between a wealth of colonial buildings, many with doorways graced by old family crests. It's thought that the bends in Calle Quijarro were an intentional attempt to inhibit the cold winds that would otherwise whistle through and chill everything in their path.

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Betanzos

Lajasmayu I and II, these are considered to be the most important sites of rupestrian art within this zone, exhibiting a variety of magnificent samples.

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Supay Molino Qaqa

At Supay Molino Qaqa, (The devil's Mill) the rupestrian paintings are painted over an oblique wall. The surface of this wall seems to be covered by an arenaceous-ferrous type of stone. We can also appreciate very clearly certain geometric figures , zoomorphic representations (Ruminants and Camelidae) and anthropomorphic figures.

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Jatun cave

At the Jatun cave we can see petroglyphs and pictographs spread all across the place. Some of these designs have a basaltic formation. About 40 of these designs painted with red have zoomorphic and anthropomorphic motives.

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Manquiri

At 14 kilometers of Potosi is the Sanctuary of Manquiri, an architectural sample from the XVIII century. In the past, this place used to be worshipped due to its emanations of steam from the thermal waters that flow underground.

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La Puerta del Diablo

La Puerta del Diablo (Devil's Door) is located six kilometers from Potosi and presents an interesting geological structure made of red sand-stone, a construction that extends all the way to the entrance of the cave

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Tarapaya Lagoon

Known also as 'the Inca's Bath', the Tarapaya Lagoon is an extremely famous and constantly visited natural attraction. The lagoon is filled with thermal waters, which give origin to other spring water sites.

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Thermal water fountains

The Thermal-Water Bathing Resort is in Tarapaya, located on the road to the city of Potosi. Ideal for spending the entire day enjoying warm and healthy waters loaded with zinc sulfide which come from the natural lagoon.

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Churches and Convents in Potosi

Iglesia de San Lorenzo de Carangas, Temple of Copacabana, Cathedral, San Cristobal, Santa Teresa, San Francisco, Iglesia de San Martin, Church of San Pedro, Torre de la Compania, Iglesia de La Merced, Iglesia de San Agustin, Iglesia de San Benito, Iglesia de San Bernardo, Iglesia de San Juan de Dios, Iglesia de Santo Domingo

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Portal of the Rampant Lions

The construction of this landmark dates back to the end of the XVIII century. In accordance with the typology of the portal this piece belonged to a Cacique (Indian Chieftain) a captain of the mines. The building was almost entirely remodeled in 1970

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Casa de Francisco de la Rocha

The Casa de Francisco de la Rocha in Potosi presents a front with beautiful-symmetric designs. The portal itself may be the most interesting portion of the entire construction. The construction as a whole retains a certain mestizo style design.

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San Marcos Mill

This mill used to belong to the Countess of the 'Real Casa de Moneda' (Royal Mint House). It is equipped with a large, 6-meter wide wheel, which was reconstructed together with the entire grinding system of the mill.

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El Cabildo

Potosi's elaborate colonial architecture merits a stroll around the narrow streets to take in the ornate doorways and fades, as well as the covered wooden balconies that overhang the streets. Architecturally notable is El Cabildo on Plaza 10 de Noviembre.

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Sara Cancha

Sara Cancha, at about 250 meters from Lajasmayu, has beautiful paintings scattered all along one of the walls. Around the border there are depictions of various Camelidae species lined-up in rows and also anthropomorphic images.

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Qaqa Cancha

n order to reach Qaqa Cancha, it is necessary to pass through the community of Supay Molino. Here we can find about twenty different paintings with geometric figures, representations of various types of fabrics, etc. All of these are painted with reddish-purple painting.

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Road to Betanzos

The road to Betanzos is an ancient Inca road presenting a varied array of views. In Pignasi we can find additional remains of rupestrian paintings, especially in the place known as El Rincon (The Corner).

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Tecoya Sector

Arriving at Tecoya (3,300 meters above the sea level), there is a 40 meter high statue made of stone, called the Tecoya Christ. This piece clearly depicts the face of Christ, his hair and his robe. At his feet, there is a beautiful water spring, also known as the Spring of Pajcha.

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