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Palacio Portales

Av. Potosi 1450, Cochabamba, Bolivia
+591 4 4489666
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Amazing architecture and true luxury.

It’s like walking around a National Trust property, but everything is even better preserved as it... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Ben H
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Beautiful Historic Place

This is my favorite place in Cochabamba; a mansion built by Simon Patiño, a mastermind businessmen... read more

Reviewed 7 April 2018
Alejandra B
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This exquisite mansion, now an arts center, is the most impressive example of the opulence enjoyed by Bolivian elite in the early 20th century.
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  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
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Av. Potosi 1450, Cochabamba, Bolivia
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"games room"
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"small palace"
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"beautiful mansion"
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"great place to visit"
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"alhambra"
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It’s like walking around a National Trust property, but everything is even better preserved as it was never lived in.

Thank Ben H
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Reviewed 7 April 2018 via mobile

This is my favorite place in Cochabamba; a mansion built by Simon Patiño, a mastermind businessmen of the early 20th century. Did the paid tour, which is very inexpensive but instructional. The gardens are amazing!

Thank Alejandra B
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Reviewed 25 January 2018

This is a beautiful mansion or palace! A testament of the money earned by Simon Patin on the mines. The style is European with emphasis on the French in furniture and woodwork designs. The ballroom is very impressive with very tall glass ceiling, painted frescoes,...More

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Reviewed 22 December 2017 via mobile

Beautiful home and garden with lots of history of the area. Request a tour in English if you need to, but call ahead for this.

Thank WWBarbie
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Reviewed 18 December 2017

There are many expensive and fancy houses in the world built with the blood of exploited peoples ... this is one of them. The Patino Institure is a major force for good in Bolivia. One example, the plant research station at their estate in the...More

1  Thank younged
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Reviewed 3 December 2017

This Palacio is probably the most expensive and elegant large house in Bolivia, if we judge by European standards. Indeed the house design and all its contents are European. Although so much is packed into this one house, Morroco, France, Italy etc It starts to...More

Thank inclusion
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Reviewed 24 November 2017

This is a chateau designed by french and Italian architects in the 1920s Nothing symbolizes Bolivia's gilded mineral age like tin baron Simón Patiño's European-style Palacio Portales. Though he never actually inhabited this opulent mansion (completed in 1927) as he died of a heart attack...More

Thank Rod P
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Reviewed 14 October 2017

Probably the only mansion of its kind in the whole Department, it really is out of place, though also beautifully built, with some very fine internal decoration. The gardens are beautiful and peaceful. The art exhibition in the gallery beneath was also excellent (de la...More

Thank djg1
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Reviewed 5 August 2017 via mobile

The palacio is a 1920s building that incorporates a real melange of European styles, from the Alhambra to classical to Ancient Greece and Rome. The tour was excellent, in English and for 20B good value. The gardens are a peaceful spot to rest for an...More

Thank DharmaBum1965
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Reviewed 4 August 2017

This is a palace that Simon I. Patiño built for his wife. At the time (1930s) it was among the most luxurious houses in the hemisphere, equipped with the latest technology. The architecture is beautiful, and the gardens very well kep.

Thank TelmaFregeIssa
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