Travel Blogs from Potosi, Bolivia

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Potosi to Uyuni, Potosi, Bolivia travel blog

Potosi to Uyuni

A travel blog entry by everywhere

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Just pictures - no blah blah blah....lovely drive ...

Will never complain about work again...., Potosi, Bolivia travel blog

Will never complain about work again....

A travel blog entry by emanddave

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... which looked like a castle drawbridge but is still used to do for foot passengers. Were a bit hesitant to arrive back in Potosi after a few days ago and bus terminal brought back horrid memories but we quickly bought our bus tickets to leave for Le ...

It's day 300 and I am back on the chicken bus., Potosi, Bolivia travel blog

It's day 300 and I am back on the chicken bus.

A travel blog entry by stevefn

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... months in Argentina, Chile and Uruguay, it's fun to be back in Bolivia where everything is different and a "tad" more chaotic. I really enjoyed Bolivia when visiting for a few days some years ago, and I am sure I will have a great time now as well. The ...

hard rock mountain, Huanya Potosi, Bolivia travel blog

hard rock mountain

A travel blog entry by coopertrooper

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... ways and the reason is my American friend Rich has persuaded me to go mountain climbing with him and attempt to summit Huanya Potosi, a local peak just 6088 meters high, thats only 26 feet shy of 20,000 ft! It will take us three ...

Highest City on Earth, Potosi, Bolivia travel blog

Highest City on Earth

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... all the profits and when they were basically bereft - he turned them back to the workers after a bit of a revolution.  Bolivia is historical for revolutions - problem is they have lost most of everything over the years to bigger and more powerful ...

The Spinning City, Potosi, Bolivia travel blog

The Spinning City

A travel blog entry by hannahbruce

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... , our guide seemed like she couldn't stress enough how "scary, dark and noisy" the  mines were... Comforting. In colonial times Potosi had the largest deposits of silver in the world, that was until the Spanish took it all - there's a saying that if ...

want to make a bomb?, Potosi, Bolivia travel blog

want to make a bomb?

A travel blog entry by coopertrooper

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Potosi, the highest city in the world, and most famous for a giant hill full of silver, tin and very nasty chemicals. We joined a tour and paid an old miner to take us in for the day, show us around and put us to work. The next day, we started ...

Change of direction, change of plans, Potosi, Bolivia travel blog

Change of direction, change of plans

A travel blog entry by tomsontravels

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... everything from meals to tools and petrol as we knew that services and supplies get a little short in the southwest part of Bolivia. Outside one of the shops an old couple started chatting to us about out our trip, having seen both bikes and ...

Potosi, Potosi, Bolivia travel blog

Potosi

A travel blog entry by dacraic

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... and eight of us re-located to Koala Den Hostel the following morning which came with good recommendations. Good showers and good heat. Potosi is the worlds highest city (4060m - breathe in, breathe out, breathe in..) and a UNESCO site. The city was ...

Highest town in the world, Potosi, Bolivia travel blog

Highest town in the world

A travel blog entry by rachel_john

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... by a polishing and then painting of the black soles. Johns 10 year old boots look almost brand new afterwards. My first impressions Bolivia reminds me of some of the small towns that we visitd in China. Ladies sell almost everything by the market: ...

I understood what poverty really is..., Potosi, Bolivia travel blog

I understood what poverty really is...

A travel blog entry by erriuc

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... you have joined them, you cannot understand what it means.   Today I have visited the famous mine of Potosi in BoliviaPotosi has helped significantly to create the wealth of Europe in the 17th and 18th centuries by supplying them with ...

Brush with death aboard a Bolivian bus, On the road from Potosi to Uyuni, Bolivia travel blog

Brush with death aboard a Bolivian bus

A travel blog entry by idarich

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... to Uyuni, about six hours away. The road was gravel all the way (as they mostly are in Bolivia) but in pretty good condition. Minutes out of Potosi, we realised that we´d lost our guidebook, our precious bible, probably left behind in the barber´s ...

The Greatest, Hyuana Potosi, Bolivia travel blog

The Greatest

A travel blog entry by catters

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Today I hurt more than I have ever hurt before.  Today I pushed myself beyond breaking point and realised a level of determination that I didnt think I had in me.  Today I reached to summit of a 6000+ m mountain and I will never ...

A few days in the highest city in the World!, Potosi, Bolivia travel blog

A few days in the highest city in the World!

A travel blog entry by vickersontour

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... varieties of farmyard animals that were also on the bus! An interesting journey to say the least! We finally bounced our way into Potosi for about 4pm. We had already decided to book our bus for Tupiza whilst we were at the station. We knew there ...

A steady stroll on a Sunday aftrnoon, Potosi, Bolivia travel blog

A steady stroll on a Sunday aftrnoon

A travel blog entry by vickersontour

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... after a short walk from the restaurant, Lorna became ill again. Poor girl is just not having much luck on our 2nd visit to Bolivia! We went back to the hostel for a couple of hours whilst she pulled everything together. In the evening I decided to nip ...

The Highest city in the world., Potosi, Bolivia travel blog

The Highest city in the world.

A travel blog entry by seankervin

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Potosi, Bolivia is the most important city you probably have never heard of. In the colonial days, Potosi was the largest and richest city in the Western Hemisphere, and some say in the world - it had a larger population than Paris, London, ...

Touring the Potosi Silver Mines, Potosi, Bolivia travel blog

Touring the Potosi Silver Mines

A travel blog entry by seankervin

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... No - they dump it in the river".  Spicy informed me.  (Another reason to always drink bottled water in Bolivia) The mining operations are run as a co-op, so the miners split all the profits from the extracted ...

Potosí, Potosí, Bolivia travel blog

Potosí

A travel blog entry by irax

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Sorry for the delay in writing this entry! I´ll skip it in the meantime and write about it in June, I´ll add a link back here at that time. Cheers for ...

The highest city in the world, Potosi, Bolivia travel blog

The highest city in the world

A travel blog entry by alinmattrtw2005

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Potosi was our second stop in Bolivia, we took a night bus from La Paz which we both expected be horrendous and it turned out to be one of the best buses we have taken! Although the bus was comfy we did not sleep so well and when we arrived at our chosen ...

Potosi: Once the richest town in the world., Potosi, Bolivia travel blog

Potosi: Once the richest town in the world.

A travel blog entry by markandjade

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... quick decision to head to Potosi, claimed to be the highest city in the world! We have heard bad things about night buses in Bolivia; no heating, no loos, broken seats, crazy drivers etc but our journey was far from that. The only downside was some fat ...

The highest city in the world!!, Potosi, Bolivia travel blog

The highest city in the world!!

A travel blog entry by tracy_coward

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Potosi sits t 4100m in a barren windswept plain, and is the highest city in the world. The town is here because of the Cerro Rico (Rich Mountain), the richest source of silver that the world had ever known. The silver rush started in 1545, and the ...

Potosi, Potosi, Bolivia travel blog

Potosi

A travel blog entry by esbjorn

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After another memorable bolivian bus experience I am now in Potosi, mostly known for its mine and the tours you can do there. I have been doubting a lot about going in as small spaces and not very healthy gasses aren´t my cup of tea, but after all the ...

Dynamite - I Love it, Potosi, Bolivia travel blog

Dynamite - I Love it

A travel blog entry by catters

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... told me to stand for a few photos holding it and then run was another one of "those moments" On comment on the bus from Potosi to Topizu - it was crap!!! Landslides stopping us for hours, 60 people of a 48 seater bus, windows that didnt open, a seat ...

Going Underground, Potosí, Bolivia travel blog

Going Underground

A travel blog entry by irax

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Seeing and talking to the Slovian girls from another car in Uyuni. Getting mugged by them at the bus station. Where are you going? walking up the hill into town with thin air, looking at 3 bed room. Going round EVERY shop lookng for the best ...

Potosi and Sucre: Tio of the Mine and Dinosaurios, Potosi, Bolivia travel blog

Potosi and Sucre: Tio of the Mine and Dinosaurios

A travel blog entry by nikolassarah

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... mines as well as the mint, serving as mules and turning the mills that made Spanish coins.    After 1825 when Bolivia declared independence from Spain, the mine continued to be important to the country (shown on their coat of arms) but there ...

More Death Defying Tourism in Bolivia, Potosí, Bolivia travel blog

More Death Defying Tourism in Bolivia

A travel blog entry by jeffsadventures

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... explodes. I bought dynamite for the miners and coca leaves for the factory workers that process the mined rock. The tradition in Bolivia is to chew coca leaves like tobacco. Armed with our dynamite and other products, we were off to the processing ...

Potosí's Hellish Underworld, Potosí, Bolivia travel blog

Potosí's Hellish Underworld

A travel blog entry by thymeoff

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... barriers was maddeningly frustrating; and the landscape of the Cordillera Mochara was bleak and desolate. Welcome to southern Bolivia! Bolivia is one of South America's poorest countries and is plagued by political instability. Since independence in ...

Gunpowder and Coca leaves......, Potosi, Bolivia travel blog

Gunpowder and Coca leaves......

A travel blog entry by steveanderson

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Potosi was a a ramshackle mining town- the only place in the world where you could legally buy gunpowder in the markets and shops! We took an amazing tour of the silver mines... the mines are now all owned co-operativily and some of the miners who had ...

Going underground, Potosi, Bolivia travel blog

Going underground

A travel blog entry by vicki

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... , which was a little frustrating. All of the places we wanted to see were either closed, or pretty expensive (as I was leaving Bolivia that night, I didn't really want to change any more money than necessary), or could only be viewed on a 2 hour guided ...

Descending into the mines, Potosi, Bolivia travel blog

Descending into the mines

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... in the world at just under 4000 meters.  The other one is in Peru.  They like extremes in Bolivia.  Originally Potosi was a small native settlement that mined the nearby Cerro Rico for silver.  Then the Spanish arrived.  ...

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