Sucre - Potosí
Welcome to the ultimate tour of the history of the colonization of South America. Sucre and Potosi are two cities where abounds a very particular history, original culture that has prevailed throughout the centuries and unique landscapes, transforming the viewer's eyes.
Sucre, the constitutional capital, is also known as "The White City" for being the city that has maintained a uniform colonial architecture in Bolivia. This city, formerly called Choquechaca, maintained its independence of the Inca Empire, so it was the only one that did not paid the ransom for the captive Inca.
Sucre was the first city founded in Bolivia. Its climate, the establishment of the Church and the University and its proximity to the mines of Potosi, played a decisive role in establishing the first capital of Bolivia.
Sucre is full of museums, buildings and traces of historical events such as the Basilica of San Francisco, La Casa de la Libertad (the House of Freedom) -where the independence of Bolivia was signed-, the first Government Palace and even dinosaur tracks a few kilometers of the city.
In our tour you will also have the opportunity to know Tarabuco, a community near Sucre, that maintains an authentic identity prevailing over time.
Potosi is a city that began with the mining of the Spanish colonization, it was one of the largest and richest cities in the world in the mid-seventeenth century, with 160 000 inhabitants (larger than Paris and New York at the time) and being the world's largest silver mine.
Its history and its name started when a thunder prevented the Inca people that the wealth of this mountain was not to be exploited by them, but I had another owner. The hill called "Cerro Rico" (Rich Hill), became its birthplace and its curse. During the exploitation of its mines it is estimated that about 8 million Indians and slaves brought from Africa died. This operation substantially fed the development of Europe.
One of the most famous monuments of colonial South America is the National House of the Coin of Potosi, this magnificent monument, silent witness of a colossal past greatness, and that has led to so many fables and fantastic versions more or less directly linked to traditional Chronicles of Potosi.
Today the Cerro Rico is still exploited but on a much smaller scale than in its heyday. An unforgettable and impressive life experience is to visit the mines, which are still worked. Nothing like understanding the reality of the mine: Shudder to the detonation of explosives, the darkness of the tunnels, feel the temperature increase in the descend of the levels, pay respect and honor the "Uncle" or devil, owner of the underworld and figure representing the price for man's greed.
From Potosi you have the option to continue to the unique Uyuni Salt Flat.
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