La Casa Nacional de la Moneda
In the 17th century, Potosí became one of the largest and most prosperous cities in the world thanks to the silver deposit from the nearby Cerro Rico Mountain. Although little of the wealth of the past remains, the city still depends on the mountain’s silver, tin and zinc deposits today.
We do not miss visiting the Casa Nacional de la Moneda, one of the most famous and comprehensive museums in Bolivia and South America. For 400 years, the National Mint minted silver coins, until it was finally closed in 1953.
Another popular tourist attraction in Potosí is a visit to the mines, where you can observe the work of the miners in the galleries. Even today, the conditions are extremely precarious, and the work is still done exclusively by hand, almost as in the 17th century. Such a visit seems to us to be voyeuristic and to be at the expense of the workers. In this context, we decide not to visit the mines and skip this inappropriate and disrespectful activity.