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Delightful rural accommodation on a dairy farm with a museum and chapel close to Potosí.

More than just a hotel, this unique property is a rural hacienda in a fertile valley (at 3600m the altitude is 400m lower than Potosí, 30 minutes’ drive away, and therefore attractive to anyone wary of staying at high altitudes). It’s a dairy farm but also a museum housed in buildings which can trace their history back to 1557.

It has 8 small, comfortable, but certainly not luxurious guest rooms and serves simple home-cooked meals. The original owner was the Controller of the Royal Mint, and since then it has been passed down to various aristocratic families, the heirlooms of whom now adorn the walls of the main house. The library’s catalogued collection includes a wide range of volumes, some very old, in several languages.  Much of the furniture dates from the colonial period, and there’s an arms and artefact collection displayed its own gallery. There’s a separate chapel. So isolated is this spot that there is no public transport and electricity has to be provided by the farm’s own ancient generator.  

Bartolome, Galápagos

What our clients say

  • Overall a fantastic itinerary.  Bolivia was an unknown for us but it exceeded our expectations in every respect thanks to a wonderful guide in Noel.

    SM, Wokingham
  • Bolivia was a revelation. I knew little about the country before the tour, but I fell in love with it. We visited beautiful towns and cities, the Bolivians were charming,…

    DK, Coventry
  • Bolivia - just stunning.

    PG, Northwood
  • Across the Bolivian border was the long route which involved a four hour journey over a makeshift road with many potholes. However, the scenery was spectacular and I looked on…

    SG, Chigwell
  • Highlight: Views over Lake Titicaca from Isla del Sol

    BC, London
  • Highlight: “Seeing the physical geography of Bolivia and visits especially the silver mine and the mint.” 

    KS
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Our Expert's Opinion

When you arrive, you may find that the receptionist is up a ladder whitewashing a wall – for all that it's an enchanting place, not least for the 20km drive down from Potosí through a gorge that rivals Cheddar.

Mary
Mary Anne Nelson Travel Expert Born in the Atacama Desert in northern Chile, Mary’s insider knowledge and dry sense of humour make her a highly valued member of the Tailor-made Holidays and Group Tour sales team.

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    Sophie lived in Chile before joining us and has travelled extensively across Latin America, from Mexico to the furthest tip of Patagonia and beyond to Antarctica.

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    Heloise started her Latin American journey as an exchange student in Santiago, Chile. With extended summer holidays this was the perfect opportunity to backpack through Bolivia, Peru, Argentina and Brazil.

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