It’s worth a Potosi! This was a well- known expression in colonial times to show the great value something could have.
That was Potosi, a city of great value, with so much wealth that it attracted people from all over the world in search of fortune.
HOW TO GET THERE
The passing of the time in the city of Potosí has left testimonies to each one of the periods that it has seen; these testimonies to her past are jealously guarded to show the world of today and the world of the future, the glory that was Potosí.
At 4050 meters above sea level, with a cold and dry weather, Potosi was witness of incredible wealth.
Visiting Potosi is a bit like travelling to the past. Visiting its mines, still active and using procedures that were used since colonial times; to see the systems used for minting coins in the magnificent National Mint (Casa de la Moneda); to understand the importance of religious life through the cloisters and convents, are memorable experiences that one cannot 4miss.
There are about 167.500 inhabitants in the city of Potosi
The height of the city of Potosí is 4.050 meters over sea level.
Cold, with an annual average temperature of 10° C. Rain from December to March
WHAT TO EAT
There are a variety of international and national foods available.
The ‘Kalapurka’, an Andean soup with a volcanic rock to keep it warm is one of the main dishes in Potosi.
The Salteña Potosina, Fritanga, Chacchu and Laguas (flour soup) are also some of the local specialties.
The confectionery of Potosí is traditional. Sweets such as Chambergos, Sopaipillas and Tawa Tawas are all well worth trying.
WHERE TO STAY
There are a variety of Hotels and Hostels, with a wide range in both price and quality
WHAT TO BUY
As much as silver is one of the main products in Potosí, there are more Andean Textiles from the North of Potosí and Calcha, that silver handcrafts. Dolls in traditional costumes also make good souvenirs.