Attractions

Top Choice Museum in Potosí

Casa Nacional de la Moneda

The National Mint is Potosí’s star attraction and one of South America’s finest museums. Potosí’s first mint was constructed on the present site of the Casa de Justicia in 1572 under orders from the Viceroy of Toled…
Top Choice Museum in Potosí

Museo & Convento de Santa Teresa

The fascinating Santa Teresa Convent was founded in 1685 and is still home to a small community of Carmelite nuns who have restored the sizable building and converted part of it into a museum. The excellent guided t…
Lagoon in Potosí

Lagunas de Kari Kari

The Lagunas de Kari Kari are artificial lakes (ranging from an elevation of 4500m to 5025m) constructed in the late 16th and early 17th centuries by 20,000 indigenous slaves to provide water for Potosí and for hydro…
Hot Springs in Potosí

Tarapaya

Belief in the curative powers of Tarapaya (3600m), the most frequently visited hot-springs area around Potosí (21km northwest of the city), dates back to Inca times. It even served as the holiday destination for Inc…
Museum in Potosí

Museo & Convento de San Francisco

This convent, founded in 1547 by Fray Gaspar de Valverde, is the oldest monastery in Bolivia. Owing to its inadequate size, it was demolished in 1707 and reconstructed over the following 19 years. The museum has a f…
Church in Potosí

Iglesia y Museo de San Lorenzo de Carangas

The ornate mestizo baroque portal of this church, probably one of the most photographed in Bolivia, is an explicit expression of the mezcla (mixture) between Aymara and Spanish Catholic beliefs. Check out the bas-re…
Architecture in Potosí

La Catedral

Construction of La Catedral was initiated in 1564 and finally completed around 1600. The original building lasted until the early 19th century, when it mostly collapsed. Most of what is now visible is the neoclassic…
Church in Potosí

La Capilla de Nuestra Señora de Jerusalén

This church is a little-known Potosí gem. Originally built as a humble chapel in honor of the Virgen de Candelaria, it was rebuilt more lavishly in the 18th century. There's a fine gilt baroque retablo (portable box…
Church in Potosí

Torre de la Compañía de Jesús

The ornate and beautiful bell tower, on what remains of the former Jesuit church, was completed in 1707 after the collapse of the original church. Both the tower and the doorway are adorned with examples of mestizo …
Historic Building in Potosí

Casa de las Tres Portadas

An architecturally notable home that once housed lay sisters of the Franciscan order. It has three separate and widely spaced doorways with finely filigreed designs on brick, and is covered in lime to resemble stone…