Blogs from Potosi, Potosí Department, Bolivia, South America - page 37


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! ... read more
Me in the Mine
The mines
Mine workers

South America » Bolivia » Potosí Department » Potosi April 30th 2005

Just had great weekend on our first trip away from Cochabamba. About 10 of us ´volunteers´ went for a road trip to Potosi, the centre of bolivia´s mining industry and location of the legendary mines. Late bus to Oruro on Friday expecting to be able to go by train to Potosi the next day. Had some hassle finding a suitable hostel for the night, had to knock everyone out of bed. Eventually got somewhere though and then wandered around a very closed and dull Oruro looking for food drink. Ended up huddled around a street kitchen where this wizened old dear cooked cheese pastries (for those of us brave or foolhardy enough to eat street food). Next day discovered trains only run two days a week, and guess what this wasn’t one of them. So decided ... read more
Bolvian bus
Potosi and Cerro Rico
Simon with dynamite

South America » Bolivia » Potosí Department » Potosi February 17th 2005

After a grueling, yet effortless 4 days inside a landcruiser, we landed in the town of uyuni for a few hours to wait for our bus to potosí. Daniel, the swiss i met on the salar trip, and i were headed for potosí together, and had a few goodbye beers with marta and luca (our other salar partners) before we got on our bus. but it was the wrong bus. we had tickets for ¨trans. 11 de julio,¨ and were on the bus for ¨turismo 11 de julio.¨ a little angry and confused, we got off and sure enough, there was another bus, labeled ¨trans. 11 de julio¨ waiting in the same street. we got on after having our bags strapped to the top of the bus only to see a bag in our seats. after ... read more
Dynamite, accelerant, a fuse and some cigs
Effeminate stance in front of cerro rico

South America » Bolivia » Potosí Department » Potosi December 7th 2004

The highest city in the world So the day that we arrived in Potosi, the highest city in the world, we booked a tour to the famous Potosi silver mines. The next day, we started the tour by suiting up in special trousers, jacket, wellies, hard hat and head torch (complete with stylish belt). We went to the miner's market where we were able to buy as much explosive material as we wanted (as can the Bolivians for their fight against the destruction of the Coca fields by the Americans, in fact a miner can send his children to buy explosives!). The explosives that we bought were presents for the miners. At the market we were shown the ingredients in making an explosive, dynamite (there are three kinds, Bolivian, Peruvian and Argentinian, apparently Peruvian isn't any ... read more
Explosives anyone?
Don´t we look sexy??
The smelter

South America » Bolivia » Potosí Department » Potosi October 5th 2004

Hola from Potosi in Bolivia, the highest city in the world (about 4,100m). We've been quite busy over the last couple of weeks - here's why... In Bonito we spent our last day visiting the Blue Cave (a cave where the water is deep blue). It was then time to find some more wildlife so our tour headed to the Pantanal for 4 nights in luxury accommodation. The Pantanal was fantastic with an amazing array of birds and wildlife all over the place (including green parrots in the tree outside our bedroom window). We explored the dry bits on foot on a guided trek. For the flooded parts we spent a day on horses wading through the metre deep water. Some of the shallower areas we visited on the back of a jeep. And of course, ... read more
Our friend
Jurassic Park

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