What to see in Potosi
Sightseeing in Potosi is a joy, mainly revolving around the beautiful old colonial churches and convents, which are UNESCO-listed. Highlights on this circuit of religious architecture include the San Francisco of Potosi Convent, the Santa Teresa Convent Museum, the Catedral de la Ciudad de Potosi, and San Lorenzo Church. Wandering around the historic old city, with its narrow winding streets, is a pleasure, and another must-see attraction is the Museo de la Casa de la Moneda. Once the Spanish Royal Mint House, this is one of Bolivia's best museums.
Potosi is a city built on silver and the sweat of miners, and many travellers feel their visit is incomplete without a tour of the cooperative mines where locals continue to try and scratch out a living. Tours of these mines are readily available and very interesting, but travellers should educate themselves on the abysmal conditions before joining a tour group as some will find the experience frightening and distressing.
Travellers can usually get around Potosi on foot as most of the main tourist attractions are clustered together in the compact historic centre; however, the high altitude can make walking a bit strenuous. The main bus terminal is about a 30-minute walk from the city centre. Those wary of too much walking can make use of the plentiful taxis.
Potosi is generally safe for sightseeing travellers, but it is still recommended that tourists avoid walking alone at night outside of the main plaza area.
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