Palacio Portales

Palacio Portales, Cochabamba: Tickets, Tours, Hours, Address, Palacio Portales Reviews: 4.5/5

Palacio Portales
4.5
Historic Sites • Architectural Buildings
Tuesday
3:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Wednesday
3:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Thursday
3:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Friday
3:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
About
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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Tours and Tickets


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MTLrosales
Montreal, Canada41 contributions
Nice little museum
Oct 2019
Great historic place with a lot great views, the tour guide was just amazing. If you have time to kill, you should go here it’s takes about 1 hour to do the tour.
Written October 10, 2019
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GRP
Alwalton, UK44 contributions
Nice house, but strange opening times
Sep 2019 • Friends
I’ll preface this review by saying my Spanish isn’t great, so we wanted an English speaking tour guide. Tourism isn’t major here and most people who visit speak Spanish so that’s on us, but it would be nice to have the option of a tour in English when the website says they’re available. In fact, when we asked, reception said they didn’t have any for the foreseeable future so we had to join a Spanish speaking tour to see the house which was pretty awkward. Again, that’s on us for not speaking Spanish but they should really remove the ad that says they offer it in that case. Regardless, the house is lovely inside, as is the garden surrounding it. Just take note of the opening times on the day. We went on Tuesday and it didn’t open til 3pm.
Written September 12, 2019
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Angela Abnousi
16 contributions
Beautiful palace near the center of the city
Jul 2019
This palace was going to be the main home of the King of Tin Simon Patino. He was born in this city and always wanted to come back to live in this place. Unfortunately he passed away before his dream came true. This palace was constructed with different materials bought in different parts of the world. Each room is decorated in a particular style. You can visit the majority of the place. The top is reserved for family and friends. You need about 2 hours to see the whole place. They have set tours to see inside the property. If you arrive early you may visit the art gallery (in the basement) or the gardens. Some tours are in different languages. This area is near the center of the city. Transportation in Cochabamba is good and cheap so take a take a taxi from anywhere and it should not be more than $ 3. If you are interested in architecture and landscaping. Then to see it is a must.
Written August 20, 2019
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Heike H
Hamburg, Germany190 contributions
The house of Patiño
Apr 2019
This old palace and the garden are nice to see and quiet. You have to pay 20 Bs. (2019) to go with a guided tour into the palace. So you can see how the people lived 100 years ago. Also the garden ist very nice with a little open air theater, a lot of plants and trees and birds.
Written August 9, 2019
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Lpoko258
Long Island, NY132 contributions
Nice way to spend an afternoon
Jul 2019
We took a tour of the palace with a rather stiff guide, but he was very informative. The house is beautiful, and the grounds are magnificent. We saw a great art show in the exhibition space, but that changes every month, so I hope yours is as good!
Written August 6, 2019
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Rich H
Glen Cove, NY7 contributions
worthwhile side trip
Jul 2019
we enjoyed the visit. the group we went around with on the tour was too big, but it was fascinating learning about this gem in Cochabamba.
Written August 6, 2019
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Weens
Boston, MA6 contributions
Very interesting tour of a piece of history
Jun 2019 • Friends
Definitely stick around for the tour, it was very interesting. Only con is they overbook the tours and the culture is to be VERY pushy so be prepared. The tour takes about an hour and you can walk around the grounds after. They talked a lot about the events that happen at the museum, so it would be cool if they advertised them more because it would be a cool way to experience the space.
Written June 23, 2019
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RP18
Berkshire, UK284 contributions
Beautifully kept house and grounds
May 2019 • Solo
I went for the 4pm weekday English tour and was really impressed as it was included with the entry fee.

There was a medium sized group and the tour guide articulated the information clearly to us and answered the questions we had.

Prior to the tour we could walk around the gardens at leisure and take photos but no photos allowed inside.

The house is incredibly detailed and well preserved. There is also now an art gallery in the basement which was good to finish the tour wandering around.

I’m not a huge history fan but appreciated the work put into the house and grounds and did find the background interesting too. Its great they are supporting the local arts/acting scene. It’s easy to find and there are lockers to store bags free of charge. The ticket seller also spoke English which was handy to explain the timings.

Written May 12, 2019
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Rick G
Toronto, Canada232 contributions
Stunning Mansion From A Bygone Era
Mar 2019 • Couples
Built by a tin baron in the early years of the 20th century, Palacio Portales is a fascinating afternoon in a lovely setting. Patino, a man so wealthy he was ranked the 5th wealthiest in the world during WWII, never got to return to Bolivia and enjoy his creation.
There are tours in English an Spanish, and the climate of Cochabamba allows for a leisurely stroll through the property, or just sit and enjoy the landscaped grounds and gardens
Written March 22, 2019
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deetours2017
England, UK15 contributions
Disappointing
Feb 2019 • Solo
Built for a man so rich he never lived in it (if I understood correctly) and it doesn't feel lived in either. The gardens are tidy but lacking inspiration.

Note the opening hours: Saturday and Sunday in the mornings and then (to keep you on your toes) weekdays in the afternoons. I got the impression that letting the public in is a bit of a nuisance.

Having said that, it is finished to a very high Italian standard.
Written February 27, 2019
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Frequently Asked Questions about Palacio Portales

Palacio Portales is open:
  • Tue - Fri 3:00 PM - 6:30 PM
  • Sat - Sun 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM