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Standing proudly at 4,070 metres above sea level, Potosí is the highest city in the world. It was declared a Unesco world heritage site for its rich history and beautiful colonial architecture, and deservedly so.
The main plaza's dominant feature is the impressive cathedral, whose bell towers pierce the clear blue sky. Once you huff and puff your way to the top, the view from the top takes your breath away, quite literally!
The city is surrounded by majestic red hills rich in minerals, which are in fact the reason most people visit Potosí. The mines of Cerro Rico are fully functional and you can venture underground and into the claustrophobic tunnels to catch a glimpse of the miners and their cramped working conditions, which sadly, have changed little over hundreds of years.
The significant lack of tourists and preservation of the natural resources have allowed Potosí to remain a charming, peaceful and traditional city which is well worth a visit. It was the most distinctly 'Bolivian' city I visited and it remains the most memorable for this reason.