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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

  • It felt like the most authentic South American experience.

    CC, Carnforth
  • The flight with Amazonas felt v safe. The plane is brand new CRJ200 Bombardier, the staff is helpful and v efficient and the pilots seemed v highly skilled and trained.…

    JO, Borough
  • 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
  • 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
  • For both of us though the highlight of our trip was the journey through Bolivia, the crossing of Lake Titicaca and the visit to the Sun Island and then the…

    RA, Croydon
  • Highlight: Oh PLEASE !?? How can we do that.  I think  the early Hito Cajon border of Bolivia to Sucre had to be the highlights - the Salar, etc. the…

    RH, Carshalton
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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.

Paul Winrow Giffin
Paul Winrow-Giffin Travel Expert After graduating in Computer Science, Paul spent seven months travelling from Colombia to Argentina and came home hooked on Latin America.

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