Top 10 Things to do in Potosi, Bolivia

October 16, 2017 Stefan Strunk

Discover the best top things to do in Potosi, Bolivia including Laguna Colorada, Cerro Rico, Casa Nacional de la Moneda, Santa Teresa Convent Museum - Convento Museo Santa Teresa, San Francisco of Potosi Convent and Temple, Catedral de la Ciudad de Potosi, Plaza 10 de Noviembre, Ojo del Inca, Parque Nacional Torotoro, Laguna Negra.
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1. Laguna Colorada

Die Laguna Colorada liegt nicht bei Potosi sondern einige 100 km entfernt, Potosi, Bolivia
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5 based on 269 reviews

Laguna Colorada

Reviewed By Sebastian C - Germany

We visited the Laguna on a 3-day-trip from Uyuni and we liked it most of all the ones on our trip. The intense red in combination with the blue, grey and white along with the flamingos made the perfect scenery for some amazing pictures.

2. Cerro Rico

Aycucho # 19 | Casa De La Moneda Al Frente, Potosi, Bolivia +591 2 6231385
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4.5 based on 625 reviews

Cerro Rico

This silver mining site dates back to the Spanish colonial era.

Reviewed By MariaBlanco78 - Madrid, Spain

Did the mine tour with Sin Fronteras (recommended to us by the owner of Greengo Tours since they were already full) and they did not disappoint! It's a tough tour (seeing the work conditions, going inside the mine itself - pretty safe, but it's still and active/working mine), but definitely worth doing if you're in Potosi. Our guide Marco (ex-miner) was super informative and helpful and made the experience even more interesting! Highly recommend the tour and Sin Fronteras!

3. Casa Nacional de la Moneda

Calle Ayacucho, Potosi, Bolivia +591 2 6222777
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4.5 based on 528 reviews

Casa Nacional de la Moneda

At one time a mint that converted mined silver into coins, this comprehensive museum houses 20 galleries that cover everything in Potosi’s history, from Bolivian weapons to archaeology and, of course, the minting process.

Reviewed By Benjamin B

Read a lot of reviews on TripAdvisor about an unfriendly guide at this museum. Went to see for myself, and true enough - she's really unfriendly!
She's almost comically misanthropic, and clearly reserves a special hatred for tourists. She seems just brisk at first, but if you ask a question, or are too slow, or wander off course, she *will* tell you off.
The museum is great - bit expensive at 40BS but definitely worth checking out. My advice is: go to the museum, wait for the English-language tour, be super polite, ask as many questions as you can think of, and watch as you slowly push the guide towards an inevitable killing spree.

4. Santa Teresa Convent Museum - Convento Museo Santa Teresa

Calle Santa Teresa 15, Potosi, Bolivia +591 2 6223847
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4.5 based on 141 reviews

Santa Teresa Convent Museum - Convento Museo Santa Teresa

A three-hour tour takes you into the daily lives of the nuns who inhabited this convent beginning in 1691 and shows you galleries filled with art, antiques and hand-painted porcelain dishes.

Reviewed By Bozeman-Dublin - Dublin, Ireland

We loved our visit to Santa Teresa. It is a really beautiful Church with the most magnificent rooftop views of Potosi and Cerro Rico. It really is a breathtaking vista, we spent ages on that roof!
Now that's not to say the interior is not worth your while too...because it truly is. Lovely artwork and iconography abound with beautiful arches, columns and alcoves. I remember the interior courtyard as being very peaceful too.
All in all an absolute must-do if you're in Potosi

5. San Francisco of Potosi Convent and Temple

Calle Tarija 47 | Corner of Nogales, Potosi, Bolivia +591 2 6222539
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4.5 based on 75 reviews

San Francisco of Potosi Convent and Temple

Architecture buffs will appreciate these two buildings: the convent for its outstanding example of 16th-century religious architecture and the church for its symbolic cupolas. A walk around the grounds reveals incredible Catacombs and beautiful colonial art.

Reviewed By GreyNomad2014 - Jannali, Australia

It was lovely to tour the convent but my Spanish was not up to the standard for understanding the commentary. Still, I liked what I saw and it was a great view from the rooftop. Unfortunately, the guide did not want to stick around for the 30 minutes it would have taken to get a sunset photo.

6. Catedral de la Ciudad de Potosi

Ayachucho at Plaza 10 de Noviembre, Potosi, Bolivia
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4 based on 116 reviews

Catedral de la Ciudad de Potosi

Reviewed By Bozeman-Dublin - Dublin, Ireland

A lovely, stately old colonial Cathedral right in the heart of Potosi. It was almost deserted on our visit and we found it very tranquil and serene. Lovely ornate interior with some beautiful religious art.
It is well worth a visit though there are no information panels or guides that we noticed.

7. Plaza 10 de Noviembre

Potosi, Bolivia
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4 based on 116 reviews

Plaza 10 de Noviembre

Reviewed By rapha_y_nici - Canton of Zurich, Switzerland

Very nice plaza in the centre with a nice atmosphere. Some good restaurants are aroundthe plaza and the Casa Moneda is not far. Make a stroll around the plaza and enjoy the nice environment.

8. Ojo del Inca

Potosi, Bolivia
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4 based on 109 reviews

Ojo del Inca

Reviewed By Robert937 - Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Really worth while to go there. Easy to reach by local bus. Still not spoiled by commerce. Fantastic setting with Mountains all around. The water is a bit warm to swim a lot, but pleasant enough. Take lots of protection against the sun.

9. Parque Nacional Torotoro

Potosi, Bolivia +591 65344272
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4.5 based on 45 reviews

Parque Nacional Torotoro

Reviewed By malaurie - lyon

This place seems unknown, nevertheless, it is one of my highlight in Bolivia! Incredible landscapes, amazing rock colors (yellow, purple, red, blue...), nerverseen before rock formations! its only 5h drive from Cochabamba and the scenery on the road is worth the journey. There are heaps to do there: hiking, seeing dinosaurs footprints, seeing fossiles, caving (amazing 2h walk in a cave), walking in an impressive canyon. The people in the village are very kind too. To get there, order a tour from Cochabamba (3days recommended but 2days available). I went there with Dorbigny travel agency (pasaje fidelia sanchez) and i was very happy with their work. Its owned by a very nice couple. It will cost you 1500bol for 2 persons for the 3day tour or cheaper if you are more people (only probs is that our driver called Cyrillo Pastor took additional persons on the tour to get extra cash for himself despite we paid high price for private transportation, so we felt a bit screwed. Im quite sure the agency doesnt know about this)
Cheaper option is to get to Torotoro by your own. There are one bus a day at 6pm from the Cochabamba terminal but it takes 6h... On thursday only, there is one bus leaving at 6am which I will recommand to take cause you can enjoy the landscapes.
Once in Torotoro, you will find easly a guide at the office guide at the main plaza. Its cheap 100bol for a tour for a group of 6 people.but you ll have to add transport (most of the time you ll be add to a organised tour). Again, be careful cause our "private" guide who we paid for the 3days made two other couple paid 100bol to be on our group despite the official price is 100bol for 6 people! Make sure you form a small group with other tourists before asking for price. If you managed to hire your own vehicule 4WD from Cocha, it will be perfect for you!

10. Laguna Negra

Potosi, Bolivia
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4.5 based on 30 reviews

Laguna Negra

Reviewed By kateschlitt

This was our last stop during our three day uyuni tour. Absolutely breathtaking. By far my favourite place on the entire tour. Cute little body of water surrounded by huge formations of petrified lava and Rock. Saw tons of the Andean rabbits native to the area as well as llamas. Absolutely gorgeous.

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