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Potosi
This cultural tour includes a visit to South America’s best examples of republican colonial architecture: Sucre and Potosí, declared by UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage Sites, where one can find colonial and religious monuments and a number of relics of the past. The city is set amid charming surroundings dotted with artificial lakes and towns where handicraft markets are held and one can enjoy the dances and Sunday fairs handed down from past centuries.
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Potosí
Declared World Cultural and Natural Heritage Site, Potosí was one of the most important cities during the colonial era, a wealthy mining center settled by thousands. It is the site of a number of constructions that today are considered to be exquisite examples of colonial architecture. These include the church-museums of San Francisco and Santa Teresa, the churches of Santo Domingo, San Lorenzo and Jerusalén and the Antonio López de Quiroga mansion once owned by Mestre de Campo, the wealthiest miner in the area.

Cerro Rico
The fame of what was for several centuries the most important silver deposit in the Americas dates back to the time of the Inca Huayna Capac. Desirous of working the Sumac Orcko (Cerro Rico or Mountain of Wealth), he was stopped by a voice thundering from the mountain that forbade the Indians from mining the silver. In 1545 it was rediscovered by the Indian Diego Huallpa and when the Spaniards learned about its mineral content, they started mining activities. Today one can visit the mountain only 700m south of Potosí and walk with a trained guide through some of the shafts of the colonial mines.

Casa Real de la Moneda
(The Royal Mint)
The building of this architectural example of the city’s splendor was started in the mid eighteenth century and completed in 1773. The draftsman responsible for the project, Salvador Villa, also built the mints in Lima and Mexico City. Today it is a Mint Museum and one can see from the high stone and brick walls, the spacious rooms with their colonial décor and precious objects, and the central patio with its ornamental fountain surrounded by high arches why it is considered a national monument.
Betanzos
This village standing 40 km from Potosí on the road to Sucre is known for its traditional local fairs where products are bartered and one can find fabrics and ceramics, as well. Only 3km away, there are paleontology sites containing Quaternary fossil deposits of antediluvian animals that roamed the area and the cave paintings of Lajas Mayu and Inca Cueva.

Sucre
Bolivia’s capital, this city was witness to the first proclamation of freedom of the Americas on May 25, 1809. It was also the site of the creation of the Republic of Bolivia with the signing on August 6, 1825 of the Act of Independence, ushering in the birth of a new nation. Today its buildings, its churches, monuments and palaces house museums and private collections and are places of civic reverence. Nearby, one can visit the largest wall of dinosaur prints, Kal’ a Orcko. Only 15 minutes away from Sucre lies the colonial town of Yotala, with its resort.


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