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One of the highest cities in the world, Potosí rises up from a cold and barren plateau at an altitude of 4050m. Founded in 1545 after the discovery of silver in Cerro Rico, Potosí quickly became legendary for its wealth and within three decades it was the largest city in the New World. Potosí´s seesawing history continues to be tied wholly to the silver of Cerro Rico, a mountain now honeycombed with deep mines.
Although floods and earthquakes have left their marks, Potosí retains its colonial charm. Narrow streets wind steeply around churches, cathedrals, museums, markets and plazas. In 1987 UNESCO declared the city of Potosí a ´World Heritage Site´ in recognition of its rich history and wealth of colonial architecture.
Buses arrive daily from all major cities in Bolivia inlcuding La paz (approx. 11 hours) via Oruru (approx. 8 hours). Potosi is the most common launch pad to Uyuni (approx. 6 hours).
Trains travel a scenic route to Sucre (approx. 6 hours)
Potosí also has the world´s highest commercial airport with flights to and from La Paz.
Because of its altitude Potosí is cold year round. The summer months between December and March average around 13º Celsius while the winter months between June and August regularly dip below freezing.