Information & Facts
Being the highest city in the world, Potosi is a very chilly
place for most of the time. Temperatures are consistently low all
year round, and bouts of icy rain are common. Snow falls during
Taxis are generally cheap and plentiful around Potosi. It is
recommended to check the fare or negotiate a price before you leave
as some charge per person, which could cause arguments when it
comes to paying.
Spanish is the official language, but only 60 to 70% of
the people actually speak it, and then often only as a second
language. The other main languages are Quechua and
The official currency is the Boliviano (BOB), which is divided
into 100 centavos, and is tied to the US Dollar. Money can be
exchanged at exchange bureaux called
casio de cambiosin the main centres, at banks and hotels.
Banking facilities are good in the main cities and ATMs cater for
Visa, Cirrus and MasterCard. Many hotels and other tourist-oriented
institutions accept US Dollars. Major credit cards, including
MasterCard, Diners, Visa and American Express, are accepted in the
bigger hotels, restaurants and shops. Travellers cheques can be
casio de cambiosin the major cities and are best taken in
US Dollars to avoid additional charges.