Published: October 21st 2010October 16th 2010
in Potosi near to the miners market where we have bought gifts for the miners
The mines at the altitude of 4.300m are really impressive. The name of the movie about the mines and the life of the miners called "The devilish miner" is accurate. The miners are working in middle age conditions getting out of the mines remains of stones with minerals inside (silver, copper, tin, etc.). The security is completely missing, there is almost no oxygen in the mines which is even worse with the dust everywhere and the hot temperature, which reaches fourty degrees in some parts. The miners often die within ten years on the pneumonia. But they are surpisingly very friendly, explaining how the life in the mine is and making jokes with the turists (maybe because of all the gifts the turists are buying for them inculing 96% strong alcohol which they are drinking pure inside the mines or mixing with water). It is not possible to eat in the mines (because of stomach problems), which means, the miners are working upto 15 hours daily restoring its energy just with water, cigarettes and alcohol...
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