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Palacio Portales

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Worth a visit with great English speaking guide

Worth a visit when you are in Cochabamba. We had a great English speaking guide. You need to put... read more

Reviewed 8 October 2018
Carlijn A
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Best place to go in Cochabamba

Take a look inside the mansion of one of the biggest mining barons in Bolivia. An entrepreneur of... read more

Reviewed 29 July 2018
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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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Av. Potosi 1450, Cochabamba, Bolivia
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 15 February 2017

This mansion was built by the Andean Rockefeller, Simon Patino, but he never lived in it. The house and gardens are very well maintained by Sth American standards and the preservation of the house is very good.

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Reviewed 21 July 2018 via mobile

House isn’t very impressive although it shows you what slave labour will pay for. Only the gardens are available for free, to enter the house you have to go on a tour, which costs 20BOB and is extra for foreigners (that’s the same as a...More

1  Thank Salem890
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Reviewed 8 October 2018 via mobile

Worth a visit when you are in Cochabamba. We had a great English speaking guide. You need to put bag in a locker. Unfortunately pictures are not allawed inside the building. The palice is a mixture of Greek, French, Spanish (Moors) and Italian influences. It...More

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Reviewed 29 July 2018

Take a look inside the mansion of one of the biggest mining barons in Bolivia. An entrepreneur of his time, never got to live in the mansion he made for himself and his family. Beautiful architecture and history behind this place. Gardens are also amazing.

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Reviewed 21 July 2018 via mobile

House isn’t very impressive although it shows you what slave labour will pay for. Only the gardens are available for free, to enter the house you have to go on a tour, which costs 20BOB and is extra for foreigners (that’s the same as a...More

1  Thank Salem890
Reviewed 15 May 2018 via mobile

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

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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
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

1  Thank MaliaLina
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.

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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
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

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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

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