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Potosi & Oruro Travel Information

View of the city of Potosi

The landscape changes south of the Altiplano. Flamingoes, mountains and volcanoes are common sights in this region. The Department of Potosí holds the largest silver bed within the depths of Rico Mountain, also called Sumaj Urqu (Magnificent Mountain). It has been a silver mine since colonial times. Pailaviri mine is of the most important and ancient and can be explored down to 240 meter on a guided tour.

The blooming mining industry gave way to the settlement of Potosí, at the foot of Rico Mountain over 4.000m of altitude, also making this town the world's highest. Its colonial architectonic legacy earned it the status of World Heritage. Walk its cobbled streets and visit the main square and old buildings: the Old Spanish Mint (Historical Archive and Museum), the Temples of San Lorenzo, Copacabana, San Martín, San Francisco and La Merced.

The nearby Department of Oruro keeps several other attractions that shows-off Bolivia's stunning beauty: Colorada (Reddish) and Verde (Green) Lagoons, Obrajes Thermal Sources, Pampa Ahullagas archeological site, Mount Sajama and its geysers, Coipasa Salt Mine and the cave paintings at Cala Cala.

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