Blogs from Potosi, Potosí Department, Bolivia, South America - page 2


South America » Bolivia » Potosí Department » Potosi June 8th 2014

soviel hab ich bereits darüber gelesen und jetzt, endlich, erleben wir es hautnah!… wir verlassen tupiza in richtung sucre, mit nächtigung in potosí, um den möglichen gefahren des direkten nachtbusses zu entrinnen. wir besteigen also unseren sehr schönen bus (für bolivianische verhältnisse!) und umgehend baut ein, zuerst als gealterter hippie abgetaner, bolivianer sein kleines microphon aus und beginnt. nicht etwa zu singen, sondern sein “wundermittel” anzupreisen. volle eineinhalb stunden wird der gesamte bus von den wunderingredienzen ginseng, knoblauch, quinoa und banane zu überzeugen versucht. ein spannendes beispiel des viel verbreiteten südamerikanischen (aber)glaubens. das wundermittel heilt alles! potenzstörungen, diabetes, übergewicht, gelenkschmerzen und natürlich auch frühzeitigen samenerguss! das ist nicht erfunden, ich bin nur stolz, d... read more

South America » Bolivia » Potosí Department » Potosi June 8th 2014

Back in Bolivia. I was last here on the cusp of 20, almost 7 years ago. It marked the start of my twenties and a decade defined by travel. Peru and Bolivia in the summer of 2007 was my first big trip away from home. It was chiefly meant to be volunteering in orphanages and adolescent prisons in Peru with a few others from university, but I was forever restless. I became disenchanted about the good we were actually doing and spent every free minute pouring over maps and guidebooks working out where we could explore in our time off. With two friends, I visited Lake Titikaka, the death road, the salt flats, the pampas and had some fun times in La Paz. It was however, during the final week of my trip travelling back to ... read more

South America » Bolivia » Potosí Department » Potosi April 29th 2014

Set high, amidst pock-marked mined mountains at 4,100m, Potosi has a faded, drained air. It's glory days are long gone, and while remnants of beauty remain, the flesh has clearly been picked from it's bones. Twenty-three kilometers, 30 minutes, and another world away, lies the rich fertile valley and hacienda of Cayara; the oldest country estate in the continent of South America. Titles were granted to Don Juan Pedrones – one of the original conquistadores – in 1575. Arturo, the present owner, still has them 'somewhere', along with the breast plate of Don Juan's armour. At Cayara, time has only increased the bounty of treasure, each family and generation adding to a melting pot of history and culture, until boundaries become so bent out of shape they cease to exist; countries, personal stories, and world history ... read more

South America » Bolivia » Potosí Department » Potosi April 23rd 2014

Days 63-64 Today was a 4 hour trip to Potosi by local bus for a two day stay at a hostel built in 1792. The trip was a constant climb of nearly 1400 mtrs over a 150 km's as Potosi is the highest city of its kind in the world (nearly 4100 mtrs). The country was mostly arid following a huge dry river bed but which must be huge during the wet season as all the bridges along the way cover the whole width of the river. On entering the outskirts of Potosi it was just like all the other towns & cities we have stayed at along the way of our whole trip, (ie intensely poor people, ramshackle & decrepit housing, litter strewn everywhere & wandering mangy dogs) & our thoughts began to wonder why ... read more
Mint Gate
Mint Courtyard
Original coin stamping machine

South America » Bolivia » Potosí Department » Potosi September 27th 2013

Dès le lendemain de notre arrivée à Potosi, c'est équipés de la tête aux pieds que nous partons aux mines de Potosi. Premier arrêt au marché où le guide nous explique ce que les mineurs consomment : feuilles de coca pour couper la faim, gros cigares, dynamites et alcool à 96° ! Nous profitons de l'occaz pour goûter aux salteñas, petits chaussons fourrés de viande et de légumes, délicieux ! Arrivés à la mine, nous pénétrons dans un passage déjà étroit et qui ne fera que rétrécir. A la fin d'un conduit, nous faisons une pause à côté d'une sculpture du diable. Les mineurs lui font des offrandes afin d'éviter des éboulements dans les galeries. Nous rencontrons ensuite des hommes en plein travail avec qui nous nous asseyons longuement en buvant des coups. Nous en apprenons ... read more

South America » Bolivia » Potosí Department » Potosi July 26th 2013

It’s 4 weeks until we leave Bolivia after 10 years here. Our final official Latin Link activity is the Team retreat. Andrea being a professional retreat leader has been asked to lead the 2 day retreat. She’s chosen the title “The art of letting go” which is fitting for us. So the past few weeks have seen Andrea spending many hours writing the material. We’ve decided we’d like to visit some friends (Walter, Adela, Brisa and Cielo) who live in Tarija and we’ll take in Concepción and Santa Cruz whilst we’re at it. Today Wednesday we’re up at 5:30am. It’s cold in Cochabamba this morning and making the porridge the milk seems off. I open another bag of milk and that’s off too, so give up on the porridge. We’ve run out of tea bags too ... read more

South America » Bolivia » Potosí Department » Potosi June 6th 2013

(Post by Mike) Well, while I have perhaps gotten a bit too used to doing minimal work and so have not been updating this blog for a while, I have promised Jess I would work to catch us up today. Disclaimer: Any Brewer or Neufeld parents should probably not read this blog post. If you do, just know we were totally unharmed by Potosi and have learned our lesson for the rest of the trip. Potosi bills itself as the world's highest city, sitting at over four kilometers above sea level. It was fortunately just a short, paved bus ride from Uyuni and had a great hostel (heating in the rooms and hot showers! What brilliant features), so we made it our next destination. The morning of the 6th, we started the day with a short ... read more
Cerro Rico - The Silver Mine

South America » Bolivia » Potosí Department » Potosi May 19th 2013

Loved, loved, loved Sucre! The white city really is beautiful with gorgeous buildings and suspiciously well kept gardens everywhere! The 5 nights we spent there flew by, arriving at the hostel at around 6.30am on Monday only to be told that reception doesn't open until 8 and there "might" be beds for us right away. Luckily we were able to crawl into bed by 9 (oh after climbing a ladder up to the loft where we were sleeping) and have a nap before going out to explore the city a bit. First job; find somewhere for Spanish lessons, yep I had 16 hours of Spanish lessons over 4 days and I think I must have improved a bit (or I at least hope) the good thing so many people are awesome at Spanish and English I ... read more

South America » Bolivia » Potosí Department » Potosi April 17th 2013

Back for some more ! After finishing our tour in Uyuni we made our way to the beautiful city of Potosi - commonly referred to as the highest city on the planet at 4070m. During our stay in Potosi we learnt a lot about how much it played in the history of Bolivia but to the whole of south america and the kingdom of Spain itself. The abundance of Silver in the nearby mountain Cerro Rico indeed shaped the city's history between confronting nearby powers and Spain itself. Later it is as the place where currencies for generations would be forged in the famous La Moneda - the visit of the building rewarded us with invaluable insight, notably that Argentina would somehow get his name from the affluence of Argento coming from the famous city Potosi ... read more

South America » Bolivia » Potosí Department » Potosi March 23rd 2013

La Paz / Mount Potosi La Paz is so far amazing! We were here 2 days, and hearing about the Huanya Potasi mountain hike - one place we got information on the hike and thought 'nah, no way we can do that' then we stumbled on a place who specialised in hiking had a chat to them and then abot 1 hour later handing over our money. They make it sound so easy 'beginners can do this its fine' etc. Well. I wouldnt say it was 'fine' and i would not suggest it to anyone who hasnt hiked before! They said it was abot medium in toughness. I would also debate this class. The tour cost us $AUD 146.00 each. It included, 2 guides per 4 people, sleeping bags, sleeping in huts, all ice climbing equiptment, ... read more

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