What to see in Potosi
Sightseeing in Potosi is a joy that mainly revolves around its beautiful, UNESCO-approved colonial churches and convents. Highlights include San Lorenzo Church, the San Francisco of Potosi Convent, the Santa Teresa Convent Museum, and the Catedral de la Ciudad de Potosi. The Museo de la Casa de la Moneda is another must-see attraction. It was once the Spanish Royale Mint House.
Historically and economically speaking, Potosi is built on silver and the sweat of miners. Many travellers feel their visit is incomplete without a tour of the cooperative mines, where locals continue to work. Tours of these mines are readily available and very interesting. That said, travellers should educate themselves on the abysmal conditions before joining a tour group, as some will find the experience distressing.
Visitors can usually get around Potosi on foot, given that the main tourist attractions are clustered together in the compact historic centre. However, the high altitude can make walking a bit strenuous. Visitors who wary of too much walking can rely on the city's many taxis. Otherwise, the main bus terminal is about a 30-minute walk from the city centre.
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