Warning: Steep & narrow streets @ >4,000m | Warning

Bolivia

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4133.6 masl
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frieder.hack

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Take into account that Potosi is built directly into the mountain at around 4,000m altitude. If you have a bigger rig or/and weaker motor you might face trouble driving through the winding and narrow streets of Potosi.
Also be prepared to stop at traffic light uphill with lots of inclination. This might be known and obvious for some of you, but if you aren’t knowledgeable about this fact, as we were, take it into consideration. We had to turn around at one point (in a narrow uphill road) as our engine refused to further climb the city center streets. The highways (RN1 and RN 5) helped us to manage the city.

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we tried but couldn't enter Potossi in our underpowered camper van...

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The warning is correct. Don't listen to Google when it leads you through small city streets.

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Yes just avoid this city. Its not van welcome

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It's true. Stay on the main orange roads (1 and 5) if you can. We were going to Avogados parking in the centre and Google got lost and it wasn't funny 🤣 - super narrow streets, super steep and heavy traffic.

So my recommendation is - check before on street view all the turns you're gonna make and make sure you stick to those wider roads :)

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if you stick the orange roads on the map then you will be fine. buuuuut there is a road near here that we took coming from uyuni to get to the camping area near the city center that was at least 45 degrees that we barely made it up! if you don't see a bus going down it then you shouldn't either.

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Totally agree! Unfortunately I read this warning too late. It was hell to drive through the city center with my weak diesel engine (Land Cruiser HJ 60), horrible traffic too. Try to avoid it…

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The previous advice is right ! With a motorhome take only Road 1 and 5. If not you may be block in a very tiny and very leaning road with locals who honking you...

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Agree with the previous comment regarding big rigs and weaker engines. As much as possible, stay on RN1 and RN5 and any other major highway. Don't always listen to Google Maps: it told us to take streets that were too steep for the van to continue, at all. We felt a lot of relief once we made it to our parking for the next few days in Residencial Tarija.

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Take into account that Potosi is built directly into the mountain at around 4,000m altitude. If you have a bigger rig or/and weaker motor you might face trouble driving through the winding and narrow streets of Potosi.
Also be prepared to stop at traffic light uphill with lots of inclination. This might be known and obvious for some of you, but if you aren’t knowledgeable about this fact, as we were, take it into consideration. We had to turn around at one point (in a narrow uphill road) as our engine refused to further climb the city center streets. The highways (RN1 and RN 5) helped us to manage the city.

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