Potosi and the Silver Mines


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Published: May 15th 2005
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Cerro RicoCerro RicoCerro Rico

The mountain with all the SILVER!!
The infamous Silver mines of Potosi, I had to do a tour.
There are 5000 men and 1000 children still working in the mines. The children, youngest being 8 years old, make about $1.50 per day. This is pretty good money compared to other kids working on the streets in Potosi. The working conditions in the mine are horrendous, I could barely breath after being in there for 5 minutes. The workers usually stay for at least 8 or 10 hours per day. They dont eat beacause it is too dirty in the mines, they chew coca leaves all day.

The life expectancy of a mine worker is 10 years after entering the mines.

Very cool city, interesting tour!


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Me in the MineMe in the Mine
Me in the Mine

Having trouble breathing!!
Mine workersMine workers
Mine workers

pushing trollies full of PLATA out of the mine
In the minesIn the mines
In the mines

action shot
In the minesIn the mines
In the mines

Shawn, on the verge of passing out due to heat, exhaustion and toxic fumes
Buying gifts for the minersBuying gifts for the miners
Buying gifts for the miners

Before entering the mines, most gringos bring gifts for the miners such as water, coca leaves and dynamite
The LadsThe Lads
The Lads

Shawn, John, Cory and I
PotosiPotosi
Potosi

View from Cerro Rico


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