Potosí, declared a Cultural Heritage site by UNESCO, remains intact, not only in its architecture, but also in the presence original cultures and in its landscape. At more than 4,000 meters above sea level, this city is one of the highest in the world; however the imposing Cerro Rico still stands out from the set of the colonial epoch buildings, churches and towers.
This region was inhabited by the Charcas and Chullpas aborigines, as well as by smaller groups of Quechuas and Aymaras. These people were skillful artisans in ceramics and silverware, who suffered the Inca colonization.
In 1650, Potosí was the most populated city in the world with some 160,000 inhabitants; more than London, Paris or Madrid, given the wealth buried deep in Cerro Rico.
Potosí is culturally rich and possesses antiques of great historical value. It preserves much of its colonial architecture, narrow streets, temples and museums. Located at the foot of a mountain and, you can sense the Silver City’s history is closely linked to mining.
Calor de hogar con Altura: quaint homestay like hostel with welcoming owners.
Apart Hotel Turquesa: comfortable apart hotel located near the bus station.
Hostal Colonial: charming renovated colonial building dating from 1550, located in the centre.
Due to its elevation , the summers in Potosí are short and mostly cloudy; whereas the winters are dry, cold but mostly clear.
We advise you to visit Potosí from mid- September to mid -December for warm-weather activities
Hike up the emblematic Cerro Rico or descend in its depth as you tour the famous mines that built the glory of Potosí. Stroll down the city’s narrow street and stop by the myriad of sights that reveal its rich cultural heritage. One of the symbols of the city is the Torre de la Compañia, a religious convent of the XVIII century, which reflects the splendour of Potosí. Other emblematic monuments of this great city are the Cathedral of Potosí and the Casa Nacional de la Moneda.
Keteka grants access to authentic activities run by local tour operators and guides. You can book and secure your place in advance, and we will take care of everything else. We’ll let you know where to go or where you will be picked up and at what time.
There are two bus terminals in Potosí:
The price of tickets depends on the distance you will travel, however they vary between 17 to 100 Bs.
By road, Potosí can be reached through the RN1 and RN5 (we advise you to ride an SUV as most roads aren’t paved).
The city only holds one airport; Capitán Nicolas Rojas Airport which holds very few flights.
This airport offers flights between Cochabamba, Santa Cruz and La Paz through Boliviana de Aviación comapny.
For international arrivals, we advise you to arrive at Sucre (closest city nearby).