I decided to visit potosi because I wanted to visit Cerro Rico a mine that has a historic and huge economic influence on potosi and the region. I learned about this particular location through the UNESCO interactive map. I use it sometimes to find things that I otherwise might not encounter. Some of their sites are well known and visited, and others less so.
The altitude of Potosi is 13,420 feet so hiking around with my full backpack was a challenging endeavor. It took me a long time to find accommodations that I felt were reasonably priced. As I discovered, the prices in Potosi were around double of what I was paying in La Paz. I wound up choosing a place that was priced more than my room back in La Paz and had no internet. 🙁 I figured, compared to the prices of the other places I had found, it was the better option. I could always go to a cafe for internet. I stayed in Potosi a few days but other than the colonial buildings, and a visit to Cerro Rico, there is really nothing else that captivated me. The food and wifi were equally bad. Plus it was cold at the time I visited. Brrrrr.
Colonial Buildings of Potosi
The last thing I did in Potosi was hike up to a Mirador below. I did so with all my stuff on me as I was then going to go to the bus terminal and head to Uyuni. My “stuff” constituted two backpacks full of everything I have been traveling with the last several months. The weight of which is between 50-60lbs. I was more than a little sweaty when I “arrived”. Arrived is in quotes because as I approached, a woman yelled down saying the tower was closed. She also warned me that her dogs could bite. I told her I would go up a little more and then turn around. The dogs just barked. No pieces were taken from my leg. Below are the stunning views from that perch.