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Potosi Tourist Destinations

Bolivia

Uyuni Salt Flats
Uyuni Salt Flats

The Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia was formed by the disappearance of an inland ocean that covered most of the Altiplano and extended all the way to the Titicaca lake. It is an extraordinary experience to cross this lake of salt by car.

Silver Mines
Silver Mines

One of the main tourist attractions of Potosi in Bolivia is the Cerro Rico. From the depths of this amazing mountain, huge amounts of silver have been extracted since 1545.

National Park Toro Toro
National Park 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.

Town of Uyuni
Town of Uyuni

Uyuni in Bolivia is a small town situated in the middle of nowhere. Tourism is its main source of prosperityt hanks to the the world's biggest Salt Flats.

Casa Nacional de la Moneda
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

Cementerio de Trenes - Train Graveyard
Cementerio de Trenes - Train Graveyard

The Train Graveyard opens a door to Uyuni past when the mining industry collapsed, partly due to the mineral depletion. Many trains were abandoned thereby producing the train cemetery a peculiar tourist attraction very different from the beautiful landscapes of the area.

Colchani Town
Colchani Town

Colchani also named as Puerto Seco (Dry Port) represents the main access to the Salt Flat due to its location just on the border of the Majestic Salt Flat. Also in Colchani is located a Salt Factory where visitors can appreciate a rudimentary way to extract salt.

Town of San Pedro de Atacama in Chile
Town of San Pedro de Atacama in Chile

The town of San Pedro the Atacama is set in an oasis inside the San Pedro de Atacama desert at 2440 m.a.s.l. and 1.670 kilometers away from Santiago de Chile. It is the gateway to the biggest salt flat in the world: the Uyuni Salt Flat in Bolivia.

Andean Fauna
Andean Fauna

The Andean fauna populating the surroundings of the Uyuni Salt Flat and the amazing lagoons is diverse and rich.

Incahuasi Island
Incahuasi Island

Set on the remains of a volcano, Incahuasi Island, was used as a resting place for the Incas who used to cross the salt flat with llamas.

Vergel Waterfall, Toro Toro
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.

Wayllas Mountain and the Dinosaur footprints
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.

Umajalanta Cavern
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.

Itas City
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.

Eyes of the Salt Flat (Ojos de Sal)
Eyes of the Salt Flat (Ojos de Sal)

The eyes of the salt flat are the outlets for subterranean rivers flowing under the Uyuni Salt Flat.

Amazing Lagoons
Amazing Lagoons

Near the Salt Flats of Uyuni, Bolivia several spectacular lagoons amaze the visitors - Laguna Verde (Green Lagoon), Laguna Colorada (Red Lagoon), Laguna Blanca (White Lagoon), Laguna Hedionda (Stinking Lagoon), Laguna Canapa.

Canapa Lagoon
Canapa Lagoon

Canapa is a salt water lagoon situated in Sud Liez province of the Potosi department, close to the Hedionda (smelly) Lagoon.

Ramaditas Lagoon
Ramaditas Lagoon

The Ramaditas Lagoon is a sweet water lagoon in Sud Lipez Province of Potosi.

Shiarkhota Lagoon
Shiarkhota Lagoon

The Shiarkhota Lagoon is located in Sud Lipez province, Potosi, Bolivia.

Honda Lagoon
Honda Lagoon

The Honda lagoon is the deepest lagoon, its light blue waters contrast with the highland's earthy colors.

Siloli Desert
Siloli Desert

The Siloli Desert is located at the southeast of Potosi city. It's famous mainly for its rock formations like the Arbol de Piedra. It's part of the Atacama desert the driest in the world.

Eduardo Avaroa Reserve
Eduardo Avaroa Reserve

The Eduardo Avaroa Reserve is one of the most visited natural places in Bolivia. Eduardo Avaroa Natural Reserva is characterized by mountains, colorful lagoons, volcanoe, geisers, and peculiar flora and fauna, is a place to be explored and remembered.

Thermal waters and geysers
Thermal waters and geysers

At about an hour from the Red Lagoon in Bolivia there are several geysers. This endless supply of water is spitted out of the ground at a temperature of 90 C, through fumaroles and cracks through which sometimes even volcanic lava erupts.

Casa de las Tres Portadas
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

San Cristobal town
San Cristobal town

Community located 900 km far from Uyuni. The town is near by the San Cristobal silver mine, one of the biggest in the world.

Polques Hot Springs
Polques Hot Springs

The Polques Termal waters are well-known because of its intense volcanic activity. Early in the morning tourists enjoy to have a bath in these healing waters.

Licancahur Volcano
Licancahur Volcano

Guardian of the Verde Lagoon the Licancahur Volvano is very popular among tourist due to its similarity to Mars. The NASA has been making studies about the volcano reason why it captures more attention and interest.

Tunupa Volcano
Tunupa Volcano

The Tunupa Volcano (Volcan Tunupa) is located at the Daniel Campos province in the Oruro department. The volcano has a height of 5432 meters and can be seen from the entire Uyuni Salt Flat. The Tunupa's Volcano area is home of different fauna species like flamencos, ostriches and foxes.

Ollague Volcano
Ollague Volcano

Ollague let to enjoy a panoramic view of Ascotan and Carcote Salt Flats. The volcano has a crater of 1250 square meters from where displays fumarolic activity, particularly to the south of its summit area but no historical eruptions have been confirmed from Ollague. The volcano also contains a deictic summit lava dome.

Plaza 10 de Noviembre
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

Kari Kari Lagoon
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.

Arcos de Cobija
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.

Calle Quijarro
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.

Betanzos
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.

Supay Molino Qaqa
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.

Jatun cave
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.

Manquiri
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.

La Puerta del Diablo
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

Tarapaya Lagoon
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.

Thermal water fountains
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.

Churches and Convents in Potosi
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

Portal of the Rampant Lions
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

Casa de Francisco de la Rocha
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.

San Marcos Mill
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.

El Cabildo
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.

Sara Cancha
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.

Qaqa Cancha
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.

Road to Betanzos
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).

Tecoya Sector
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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