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Bolivia: Sucre and Potosi

Bolivia’s big four cities - La Paz, Sucre, Potosí and Santa Cruz - are so contrasting that they could be in different countries. La Paz teems and bustles, semi-tropical Santa Cruz is warm and laid-back, while Sucre, at 2,800m, is the sunny second city and legislative capital in the south. It is the epitome of an elegant, whitewashed, red-tile-roofed colonial city with baroque churches and shady plazas. Just two to three hours’ drive away on the chilly altiplano at 4,090m is the mining city Potosí, where grandiose architecture harks back to a history of prosperity when it hosted the Imperial Mint.

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The cities of Sucre and Potosí couldn't be more different. On my last visit, having spent time in the sunlit plazas of the colonial legislative capital, with its ice cream parlours and whitewashed baroque churches, I really enjoyed the drive up past broom-fringed fields to the frost-bitten altiplano. Upon arrival at Potosi, where the grandiose architecture recalls the prosperous past of silver mining but which is now a poor backwater, I fortified myself with a hot mate de cocoa before heading off to check out the mines which welcome visitors.    


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