Travel Blogs from Potosi, Bolivia

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Potosi mines, Potosi, Bolivia travel blog

Potosi mines

A travel blog entry by fiandross29

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... we could appreciate what a hard job the miners undertake.  In the past 500 years the Cerro Rico mines and others in Bolivia have accounted for 5 million deaths proving the dangers associated with their jobs. So after the mine tour we had a relaxing ...

Mines + coca + alcohol + dynamite = Great time, Potosi, Bolivia travel blog

Mines + coca + alcohol + dynamite = Great time

A travel blog entry by pavandsim

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... salesman selling natural remedies for constipation. Very wierd. Once in Sucre had a lovely meal at a french resteraunt making the end to a good day in Bolivia.                          ...

We climbed one of Bolivia's 6000er!!!, Huayna Potosi, Bolivia travel blog

We climbed one of Bolivia's 6000er!!!

A travel blog entry by barbieandken

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We climbed one of Bolivia's 6000er, the Huayna Potosi (6.088m, 19.974ft). In the morning of the 3. day of our climbing tour we reached the summit of the Huayna Potosi at 6:43. To climb up to the summit we had to get up at midnight (after a aweful ...

Mining in Potosi, Potosi, Bolivia travel blog

Mining in Potosi

A travel blog entry by willandliz

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... once you got used to it! We were staying in the Koala Den which was quite nice, certainly the best showers that we have had in Bolivia thus far! As we turned up on Sunday, nothing seemed to be open! It seems to be a constant battle in this country that ...

Bus Delays and Adventures, Potosi, Bolivia travel blog

Bus Delays and Adventures

A travel blog entry by kirsty.md

... old, rickety affair. Our backpacks had to go on the roof and the seating was extremely cramped. After all the stories I had heard about Bolivia, this was the type of bus I had been imagining! Someone even loaded a home office desk unit on to the roof! I ...

Sky diving on mountain bikes, Potosí, Bolivia travel blog

Sky diving on mountain bikes

A travel blog entry by trig

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... the 17th and 18th century by silver and was for a time the biggest supplier of silver in the world. The Spanish naturally abused Bolivia for this resource and now the city is a shadow of its former self altough the mine continues to yield minerals. We ...

The Silver Mines, Potosi, Bolivia travel blog

The Silver Mines

A travel blog entry by filly

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... nbsp;Aswell as being famous for its silver mine it also the highest city in the world at 4,000 m above see level. Potosi was founded by the Spanish in 1545 and it was them who began mining the Mirador mountain. Now the Bolivians are ...

Going deeper underground, Potosi, Bolivia travel blog

Going deeper underground

A travel blog entry by dave-mcgowan

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Hola one and all, So our first real city stop in Bolivia was in the worlds highest city no less at some 4000+ meters. An altitude you can really feel when lugging a rucsack up a hill and trying to avoid water balloons at the same time. Unfortunately there ...

Potosi Couplets, Potosi, Bolivia travel blog

Potosi Couplets

A travel blog entry by nellems

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...  A spot in the next round and national pride   Our team, Bolivar, did win it one - nill  To watch this with locals was quite the thrill   And tired as I was the next morning on checkout Having fun in Potosi, was what it was all about ...

Another stop on the bumpy road  to Uyuni, Potosi, Bolivia travel blog

Another stop on the bumpy road to Uyuni

A travel blog entry by ayoubir

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... was the worst day of driving, maybe because the altitude was starting to take effect or maybe because of the bumpy roads of Bolivia roads seemed to last forever.  Luke our driver kept reminding us that all the pain was because the Uyuni Salt Flats ...

Dynamite and the mines!, Potosi, Bolivia travel blog

Dynamite and the mines!

A travel blog entry by westy23

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Following 12 hours on the coldest night bus in the world we finally arrived in Potosi ready to visit the famous silver mines. After wondering the chilly streets aimlessly for an hour looking for anything open, we finally found a ...

Potosi a small mining villiage, Potosi, Bolivia travel blog

Potosi a small mining villiage

A travel blog entry by jaceanddave

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Okay, left Sucre and its chololate, and have arrived in potosi wit its silver. Much better. Potosi is also the highest citie in the world, nice little villiage, but a little cold. We booked our mining trip also with one English guy called Nick, met ...

Bolivia, Potosi, Potosi, Bolivia travel blog

Bolivia, Potosi

A travel blog entry by ninaholidays

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Tue 23.9.08: Bolivia, Potosi: PERSONAL: Upon arriving in Potosi, didn't waste any time as always wanted to go into a mine! First stop was a visit to the Miners' Market to buy gifts for them (like coca leaves, cigarettes or dynamite). We walk and ...

Near death experience on Huayna Potosi, Huayna Potosi, Bolivia travel blog

Near death experience on Huayna Potosi

A travel blog entry by jonclark2000

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Next day it was back to La Paz for a day of rest and a search around the agencies to find a company to climb Huayna Potosi with. At 6088m (20000ft) this was meant to be one of the best mountains in the world for a beginner to climb. After spending the ...

Potosi and off again, Potosi, Bolivia travel blog

Potosi and off again

A travel blog entry by vamosbenhoran

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... me what bus I need to catch.  Just two little acts of kindness make a big difference and after that I have a new liking for Potosi. It wasn´t necessary for them to help a gringo like me. I head back to hostel and there meet up with Anne - she had ...

Potosi, Potosi, Bolivia travel blog

Potosi

A travel blog entry by tphilip75

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... to extract the silver from the mines to fund the Spanish monarchy back in Spain and make all the Spanish money. Its quite ironic that Bolivia now pays Spain to make Bolivianos for them! The next day we did a tour of the mines. First we had to stop at ...

Underground, Potosi, Bolivia travel blog

Underground

A travel blog entry by colmandliz

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We'd heard on our travels that Bolivia was not known for it's health and safety standards. We'd heard of unpaved roads that wind through mountain ranges and over sheer cliff faces, the world's most dangerous road (which you cycle down!), the world's most ...

Potosi, Bolivia, Potosi, Bolivia travel blog

Potosi, Bolivia

A travel blog entry by john_and_esther

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Bit of a reality check this one, as we took a trip to see one of the famous cooperative mines of Potosi. They are renowned for their shocking conditions, and I am so happy that I am just a nosy tourist and not a full time miner. First stop was at the ...

Dynamite + 96% drinking alcohol + coca?, Potosi, Bolivia travel blog

Dynamite + 96% drinking alcohol + coca?

A travel blog entry by jled

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... relaxing in Potosi, enjoying the military festivities for labour day (there's buzz about a war over the coast that Chile stole from Bolivia) and catching up on emails. The highlight for me was a visit to the mint - at one point, during Spanish ...

The hardest thing we've ever done!, Huayna Potosi, Bolivia travel blog

The hardest thing we've ever done!

A travel blog entry by dave-mcgowan

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So, in a moment of possible collective insanity, we'd booked to climg the 6,088m high Huayna Potosi, a mountain higher than anything in Europe, Africa, Australasia, and Antarctica. In case you were wondering, that’s really high. I probably ...

Mraaazzz ... je zdaj za nami, Potosi, Bolivia travel blog

Mraaazzz ... je zdaj za nami

A travel blog entry by repa01

... smo se vrnili v Uyuni. Danes zjutraj pa smo skocili na avtobus in zapustili to mrzlo mestece in po 5-ih urah voznje prisli v Potosi (rudarsko mestece, ki pa nas je presenetilo s svojo lepoto in bomo tu ostali vsaj se dva dneva). Zelo smo bili ...

Your mine or mine?, Potosi, Bolivia travel blog

Your mine or mine?

A travel blog entry by chris_powell

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Potosi is the highest city in the world at 4,600m, for sleeping-wise it is not great. The main reason tourists end up here is to take a visit to the silver-mines. Not wanting to disappoint as a tourist, that is what I did. You take the tour with ex-miners ...

The Devil's mine, Potosi, Bolivia travel blog

The Devil's mine

A travel blog entry by roseoftheworld2

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"Bolivia's exhausted Cerro Rico mountain risks collapse" screams the BBC News headline. This is an article that I only discovered AFTER I had explored the maze of claustrophobic tunnels inside the infamous silver mines in Potosi. Apparently, a crater has ...

Potosi, Potosi, Bolivia travel blog

Potosi

A travel blog entry by lisa_and_paul

... of Spanish children (still with the skin and clothes on, very weird). After the museum we went to lunch at a restaurant serving typical Potosi food.  We had a soup cooked with hot stones in it.  It was made of maize, peanuts, peas, onions, ...

Highest city in the world, Potosi, Bolivia travel blog

Highest city in the world

A travel blog entry by dianeontheroad

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After a reasonable night's sleep, I headed off to explore Potosi, the world's highest city at around 4,000m altitude and at one time the world's richest city due to the abundance of silver which was exploited by the conquistadores. The Lonely Planet ...

Potosi, Potosi, Bolivia travel blog

Potosi

A travel blog entry by midgesrtw

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... where we had to buy gifts for the miners like soft drinks, cigarettes, coca leaves etc. It is also the only place in Bolivia (and probably the world) were you can buy dynamite over the counter. Midge didn't waste any opportunities to buy some for a later ...

Ilegalac u Boliviji: Potosi, Potosi, Bolivia travel blog

Ilegalac u Boliviji: Potosi

A travel blog entry by zorica_m

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... se tu naseljavao u potrazi za boljim zivotom, kao sto danas pristize u LA ili NY, sada su samo istorijsko secanje. Potosi je danas administrativni centar istoimenog regiona i tuzni rudarski grad sagradjen na obroncima gole i rudom bogate planine u cija ...

Potosi and the mines of Cerro Rico, Potosi, Bolivia travel blog

Potosi and the mines of Cerro Rico

A travel blog entry by jonclark2000

... to Cerro Rico, a mountain so full of silver, lead and zinc deposits it had underwritten the Spanish economy during this period. Potosi is the world highest city and back in it's glory days it was the largest city in the western hemisphere and surpassed ...

Potosi carnival, Potosi, Bolivia travel blog

Potosi carnival

A travel blog entry by roseoftheworld2

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... first bus out of Sucre with Miriam, a friend of Fenix Language School where I study Spanish. Three hours later we were in Potosi and Miriam took me to a restaurant that's famous for its stone soup. Yes, really. Two bowls of thick broth were brought ...

In the mines, Potosi, Bolivia travel blog

In the mines

A travel blog entry by ciaradoonerush

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... guides, bosses, tourists even Obama would be on an equal level should they ever wish to risk their lives to visit the working mines of Potosi. Which once made Potosi the richest and highest city in South America and is still in use today where the miners ...

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