This itinerary is a journey into the lavish past of the Spanish Crown, when silver was send by the boatload from the New World.
Originally named La Plata, then renamed Chuquisaca under Spanish rule until the independence of Bolivia, the city of Sucre is by itself a résumé of the colonial history of the country. “The White City” today resembles a quiet provincial town. Its architectural wealth is relatively untouched, and bears witness to a time when the mine owners of Potosi enjoyed its pleasant climate.
Let’s not forget that the wealth of the Empire was provided by Potosi. Millions of Indians, working as slaves, extracted the mineral from the famous Cerro Rico. It is estimated that 8 million Indians died there in horrifying conditions!
At its peak, Potosi was more populated than London or Paris. The city counted thirty-six churches of inestimable wealth, theatres and numerous bourgeois palaces. Potosi, an industrial mining town with harsh climate, boasts therefore an incredibly rich patrimony.
Finally, we finish our trip by passing through Uyuni or Tupiza, both gateways to the desolated areas of Lipez.