Tourism in Bolivia
POTOSI AND SUCRE
Colonial richness, silver and dinosaurs
MINISTERIO DE CULTURAS
Calle Ayacucho y Potosí
(Palacio Chico)
Tel. 591.2.2200946 – 2200910
SUCRE
Sucre is the capital city of the department of Chuquisaca as well as the constitutional Capital of Bolivia. Located to the south of the country at 2,750 meters above mean sea level, it has a pleasant climate year round.

UNESCO has declared this colonial city “Cultural Heritage of Humanity” because it is a living museum and reflex of what used to be the Spanish colonial aristocracy.

Its surroundings are part of a unique and special region where history and pre-history reveal cultural values and the natural attractions. The presence of the San Francisco Xavier University, one of the eldest in South America, marks this capital city´s character.
  • PLACES OF INTEREST  
    • The city´s Historic Center due to its well preserved colonial style architecture, characterizes the city.

      In Sucre´s surroundings are Glorieta Castle, the small villages of Yotala, Potolo, Tarabuco, Oropeza and Zudañez Provinces, amongst others.

      The paleontological centers are of special interest; Cal Orcko, the most important, is a giant wall that has the longest extension of dinosaur footprints in the world. Following in importance are the centers of Quila Quila and Patatoloyo.
POTOSI
Located at the base of the “Cerro Rico” (Rich Mountain) at over 4,000 meters above mean sea level, its history is closely tied to silver mining. In 1650, Potosí was the most populated city in the world, with approximately 160,000 inhabitants; more than London, Paris or Madrid. A bridge could have been built between Potosí and Madrid made of pure silver extracted from the “Cerro Rico de Potosí”, whose interior veins held the greatest source of coveted silver in the world.

UNESCO declared Potosí “Cultural Heritage of Humanity” in 1987; Potosí remains intact, not only regarding its architecture but also in the meaningful presence of originary cultures. Its impressive landscape.

Shows the “Cerro Rico” combined with typical colonial period buildings, churches and towers.

It´s worth a Potosí! This is a phrase that was widely used in the 16th century Europe and that originated in the Imperial Ville of Potosí. Today, the phrase continues to be used due to the existence of Potosí´s monuments, museum and buildings.
  • PLACES OF INTEREST  
    • Cerro Rico de Potosí, Kari Kari Lagoons, San Marcos Mine, Casa de la Moneda, churches and convents of the colonial period.
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