Visit of the Corporative mines of Potosi, Bolivia


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October 16th 2010
Published: October 21st 2010EDIT THIS ENTRY

vesting...vesting...vesting...

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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last preparationslast preparations
last preparations

putting the safety helms, flash lights, etc.
the city of Potosi below the minesthe city of Potosi below the mines
the city of Potosi below the mines

the mines are in altitude of about 4.300 meters, Potosi around 4.100
one of the mine workersone of the mine workers
one of the mine workers

but luckily for him not inside the mines
ready to enter the minesready to enter the mines
ready to enter the mines

there are different mines inside the hill with few kilometers length and three or four floor (if you can call it this way ;)
me with the gifts for the minersme with the gifts for the miners
me with the gifts for the miners

(coke, coca, cigarettes)
this small carts have around 400kgsthis small carts have around 400kgs
this small carts have around 400kgs

the miners are pushing the full of stones up the almost destroyed rails
our guideour guide
our guide

explaining how to fill the mouth with coca leaves
pur guide was chewing a lot of cocapur guide was chewing a lot of coca
pur guide was chewing a lot of coca

(but the efect was not as big as it looks like ;)
this is the oldest part of the minesthis is the oldest part of the mines
this is the oldest part of the mines

(more than 200 hundred years)
crawling in the minecrawling in the mine
crawling in the mine

not so sharp photo, but the only proof that the most parts of the mines were really low
first miner we have met getting stones from his placefirst miner we have met getting stones from his place
first miner we have met getting stones from his place

every miner with authorization finds its own place from where he gets stones with minerals and puts a wooden door before it to not to be entered by another miners


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