infoslogo
-Potosi-
infoslogo
Home
 
Country

 

What you need to know about Potosi

Potosí is a capital city and a municipality of the department of Potosí in Bolivia. It is one of the highest cities in the world at a nominal 4,090 metres (13,420 ft). For centuries, it was the location of the Spanish colonial mint.
Potosí lies at the foot of the Cerro de Potosí sometimes referred to as the Cerro Rico (“rich mountain”) — a mountain popularly conceived of as being “made of” silver ore that dominates the city. The Cerro Rico is the reason for Potosí’s historical importance, since it was the major supply of silver for Spain during the period of the New World Spanish Empire.
Potosí is a city in the southern highlands of Bolivia. Its long mining history is on view at Cerro Rico, a mountain and working silver mine south of the city. Potosí’s former mint, the central Casa Nacional de la Moneda, is now a museum dedicated to Bolivian art and history. Next to the mint, Plaza 10 de Noviembre is a square lined with ornate colonial buildings, including the cathedral.

Currency

The Bolivian Bolíviano is the currency of Bolivia. The currency code for Bolivianos is BOB, and the currency symbol is $b.
Climate
Potosí features a rare climate for a city of its size, due to its extreme elevation at over 4000m. Semiarid and with average temperatures in its warmest month sitting right on the 10 °C threshold, the city’s climate straddles that of the subtropical highland climate (Cwc, according to the Köppen climate classification), with subpolar oceanic characteristics and an alpine climate (E). Summers are cool and wet with daily highs rarely rising above 20 °C, while winters feature cooler days with much colder nights averaging −4 °C. These low temperatures are a result of the extreme precipitation deficit during the winter months with the resulting aridity leading to an increased diurnal temperature variation.

Languages
The languages spoken in the department are mainly Quechua, Spanish and Aymara

Health
If you need an English-speaking doctor, visit the Hospital Daniel Bracamonte.

Getting Around
Micros and minibuses (B$1.50) shuttle between the center and the Cerro Rico mines, as well as to the bus terminal. Taxis charge B$4 per person around the center, slightly more at night, and B$10 to the bus terminal.