Potosí is a city defined by Cerro Rico, the silver mine which tells of the glory and tragedy of the colonial era.

Today, the relatively calm and humble streets of high altitude Potosí belie a glorious, hedonistic and controversial past, in which it rose from nowhere in the 16th century to become the largest and most richly decorated city in all of the Americas. The source of such sudden fortune was the discovery of silver deposits in what was to become known as Cerro Rico, the richest mine in history, but when the silver ran out, the city fell into an equally sharp decline. Nearly 500 years on, ornate colonial buildings, the towering presence of the Rich Mountain and the scars of the lives lost in the silver extraction all serve to keep alive the memory of the silver boom. To visit to Potosí is to visit a living museum to one of the most extraordinary periods of time in Latin American history.

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  1. Days 1-2 - Travel to Santiago

  2. Day 3-4 - Moon Valley & Pucara de Quitor sunset

  3. Day 5 - Laguna Colorada and Desert of Siloli

    Day 6 - San Pedro de Quemez

  4. Day 7 - Uyuni Salt Flats

  5. Day 8 - Potosí

    Day 9 - Casa de la Moneda

    Day 10-11 - Tarabuco Market

  6. Days 12-13 - La Paz city

  7. Day 14 - La Paz

    Day 15 - Sun Island, Lake Titicaca

  8. Day 16 - Andean altiplano

    Day 17 - Sacred Valley of the Incas

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    Days 20 - 21 - Cusco

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  1. Day 1 - Departure

    Day 2 - Lima City Tour

  2. Day 3 - Flight to La Paz

    Day 4 - La Paz City Tour

    Day 5 - Tiahuanaco

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    Day 7 - Sucre city tour

    Day 8 - Potosí

    Day 9 - Tarabuco Sunday Market

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    Day 11 - Taquile & Uros Islands

  5. Day 12 - Andean Explorer Train

    Day 13 - Sacred Valley of the Incas Tour

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Moneda Tour

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  1. Day 1 - Flight to Santa Cruz, Bolivia

    Day 2 - Join Group in Santa Cruz

    Day 3 - City Tour of Santa Cruz

  2. Day 4 - City Tour of Sucre

    Day 5 - Excursion to Potosi & Cerro Rico

    Day 6 - Visit to the Tarabuco Market

  3. Day 7 - Travel to La Paz

    Day 8 - City Tour of La Paz

    Day 9 - Day at Leisure in La Paz

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    Day 11 - Boat Tour of Lake Titicaca

  5. Day 12 - Train Journey to Cusco

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  6. Day 14 - Train to Machu Picchu & guided tour

    Day 15 - Explore Machu Picchu & train to Cusco

  7. Day 16 - City Tour of Cusco

    Day 17 - Day at Leisure in Cusco

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    Day 19 - Return flight

    Day 20 - Arrive home

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