Travel Blogs from Potosi, Bolivia

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Dynamite and coca leaves, Potosi, Bolivia travel blog

Dynamite and coca leaves

A travel blog entry by nicola

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... various people had had time to pose for a photo with the fuse lit. Truly a great tour. Back in Potosi I visited the Casa de La Moneda, which was Bolivia's mint until 1953. Since this date all money has been made abroad: coins in France and Canada, ...

Dust and dirt in the mines of Potosi, Potosi, Bolivia travel blog

Dust and dirt in the mines of Potosi

A travel blog entry by hamishandkatie

... . They export the silver at about 48% concentrate, and it is then refined further and smelted, then turned into goods that Bolivia buys back..,..Seems a bit silly but i guess other countries are better at processing it.  Then it was time for the ...

Mining country, Potosi, Bolivia travel blog

Mining country

A travel blog entry by guitar1515

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Its hailing!, Potosi, Bolivia travel blog

Its hailing!

A travel blog entry by 50odd

... off at a local market to try and buy some provisions only to find that all we had were 50 Bs notes.  Getting change in Bolivia is a nightmare, nobody ever had any especially when all you want to spend is 12 Bs on some bread and drink.  We tried ...

The Mines of Potosi, Potosi, Bolivia travel blog

The Mines of Potosi

A travel blog entry by gypsylifestyle

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... on going to the end, he even helped some of the miners to push a 2 ton trolley part way out. If you haven’t seen the movie "The Devil’s Miner" We highly suggest it! It is an award winning US made film and it was filmed in the mine at Potosi. ...

Potosi, Potosi, Bolivia travel blog

Potosi

A travel blog entry by kieranocal

Potosi ...

Going underground., Potosi, Bolivia travel blog

Going underground.

A travel blog entry by richymariner

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... tour guide lady was good to keep going like she did, but it wasnt very interesting at all lol. The main reason for coming to Potosi is to see the incredible mines however. They cover the mountainside here, and when you get into them, it is easy to see ...

Mines d´argent, Potosí, Bolivia travel blog

Mines d´argent

A travel blog entry by gaellelc

Dimanche matin Plácido, accompagné de sa femme, vient nous chercher dans sa Land Cruiser toute propre et donc exempte du sel tres corrosif du Salar. Si La Paz est la capitale la plus haute du monde, Potosí est la ville la plus haute, a 4070m ...

Behind the cemetary, ooh arrrr missus, Potosi, Bolivia travel blog

Behind the cemetary, ooh arrrr missus

A travel blog entry by 50odd

... much care.  We chatted for a few minutes, thanked them for their hospitality, and cycled on.  This particular part of Bolivia is very dry and water is a precious commodity, we were very grateful they had shared their water with us. despite the ...

Ned og besoege

Ned og besoege "el tío" i helvedet.

A travel blog entry by elianasiri

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Kl. 05:00 ankom vi til Potosí's busterminal, ankomsttidspunktet var vi ikke soenderligt glade for, men sagen var den at der kun gik en morgenbus eller en aftenbus, saa valgmulighederne ikke var de stoerste. Heldigvis havde Potosí rent faktisk en ...

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

I understood what poverty really is...

A travel blog entry by erriuc

... 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 by supplying them with 3 times the amount of silver ...

The mines of Potosí, Potosí, Bolivia travel blog

The mines of Potosí

A travel blog entry by emmaanddave

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... Once we got out of the mines it was time to blow up some of the dynamite we had bought. Dynamite is completely legal in Bolivia - even children can buy it and it is regularly used in demonstrations! Some of the group posed for photos with the lit fuse in ...

Potosi is SOOO much better!, Potosi, Bolivia travel blog

Potosi is SOOO much better!

A travel blog entry by boomergirl

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... tour compnay could not find a guide willing to take me (mud they siad - HA!!) So at 8am this mornign I boarded a bus to Potosi. I was the only white person, and NOONE talked to me.  they are very timid here (I miss Costa Rica and Peru). The ...

Sucre & Potosi, Potosi, Bolivia travel blog

Sucre & Potosi

A travel blog entry by leanneleonard

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... the side of the road in the middle of nowhere and everyone was just going to the toilet…so, when in Rome…(or Bolivia!) It was the never ending journey from hell. When it got light the scenery was stunning, which was the only saving grace.. So ...

Down the mines, Potosi, Bolivia travel blog

Down the mines

A travel blog entry by laura_sheen

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... in the nearby hill (Cerro Rico). Since then its had its ups and downs but is still one of the most prosperous places in Bolivia. Its also the highest city in the world. There are now 600 mines in the hill, 450 still active, and they extract silver, zinc, ...

Potosi: The Streets Were Paved with Silver, Potosi, Bolivia travel blog

Potosi: The Streets Were Paved with Silver

A travel blog entry by chiapoe

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April 28-May 1, 2009: Potosi, Bolivia Si a la Constitucion Before I introduce you to the formerly mighty colonial city of Potosi, let me take a minute to bring you up to speed on the recent events in Bolivian politics.  Bolivia is a democratic ...

Potosi and sucking in arsenic......mmmmmmmm, Potosi, Bolivia travel blog

Potosi and sucking in arsenic......mmmmmmmm

A travel blog entry by freyal

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After our long fun bus ride we arrived into Potosi, the very high town sitting at just over 4000m.  The towns main attraction is the old silver mines.  The town used to be quite the booming town, a lot bigger than it is now but after the crash ...

Suffocating in the cold, Potosi, Bolivia travel blog

Suffocating in the cold

A travel blog entry by beccamike

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... vein of silver that runs through it, or ran through it i should say. When the Spanish found out about the wealth hidden underneath Potosi they mined it dry, forcing the Indians to work in the mines for up to 15 years without allowing them out to day light ...

L'Argent a la Pelle, Potosi, Bolivia travel blog

L'Argent a la Pelle

A travel blog entry by pepsouille

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... recherche nous nous arretons dans un ancien couvent, c'est nickel. La ville est magnifique, nous la qualifions de Cusco Bolivienne!!!! Potosi est classe au patrimoine Mondiale de l'Humanite, c'est une cite a la fois Romanesque et Tragique: Elle fut ...

Frieden!, Potosi, Bolivia travel blog

Frieden!

A travel blog entry by joe_und_basti

sehr gut erholt stehen wir auf und gehen gut fruehstuecken. danach schauen wir uns eine halbe stunde die stadt an und sind erstaunt, dass hier von dem ganzen tumult in sucre rein gar nichts zu spueren ist. wir nehmen uns einen minibus zum busbahnhof mit ...

another great day in Potosi, Potosi, Bolivia travel blog

another great day in Potosi

A travel blog entry by boomergirl

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... the streets are clogged with people.  Even more so at 6pm.  Imagine a side street on Canada Day in Ottawa.  Thats Potosi.  Its crazy and wonderful.  the cars only honk to let you know they are coming up the street, no one is ...

Potosi - the rest of it, Potosi, Bolivia travel blog

Potosi - the rest of it

A travel blog entry by boomergirl

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... Anyhow, Its been a few days and i have finally had a chance to upload photos... have a look at the Oruro and the Potosi entries. Let´s see... Thursday night I slept better, but not great. My hips are covered in really nasty bruises.  they hurt ...

Couple of boring days, Potosi, Bolivia travel blog

Couple of boring days

A travel blog entry by prbrown

... richest city in the world. The silver from the mines paid off Spains foreign debt and financed the extravagances of the empire, Potosi was once larger than Paris or London. The situation is somewhat different now but there are literally dozens of colonial ...

Potosi, Potosi, Bolivia travel blog

Potosi

A travel blog entry by john_and_anna

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... bus journey took us to Potosi, which is 1,300 metres higher than Sucre at 4,070 metres above sea level.  While Potosi is a popular destination for travellers, it does not feel like a tourist town, with narrow streets bustling with local people. ...

Shmolivia, Culta, Bolivia travel blog

Shmolivia

A travel blog entry by courtrand

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... say broad general stuff about a group of people but Sylvain and I have concluded that 1. Bolivians are generally pretty stupid and 2. Bolivia is a miserable country. We rode out of that town and with night just beginning to fall we found a small lake in ...

Potosi', Potosi, Bolivia travel blog

Potosi'

A travel blog entry by mowgli

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... appare decisamente affascinante... tutte strade in salita piene di gente vestita con mille colori... proprio come ti aspetti la Bolivia! i palazzi, tutti coloniali sembrano tutti il soggetto perfetto per una fotografia... l'aspetto ora e' un po' ...

Relaxing in the worlds highest city, Potosi, Bolivia travel blog

Relaxing in the worlds highest city

A travel blog entry by sarahandluke

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After our tour to the amazing salt flats we decided to follow the other two guys from our group to Potosi, the highest city in the world at 4070 m. Potosi is a quite famous world heritage city which has sliver mines right next to it. We arrived on the ...

The air is getting thin!, Potosi, Bolivia travel blog

The air is getting thin!

A travel blog entry by bamberd

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... was a nice place and the rest of the time spent wandering around and relaxing after the 4 days salt flat excursion was well recieved. I might add though that Bolivia is cold, poor and dirty, with terrible transport. All part of the fun I suppose ...

A busy market, Potosi, Bolivia travel blog

A busy market

A travel blog entry by amyabroad

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... forth as we went up and down hills (some gravol was definately needed for me!).  But the scenery was great. We arrived in Potosi around 3 pm and after checking into our hotel and watching a bit of the Germany-Australia world cup game on the tv in the ...

Las minas, Potosi, Bolivia travel blog

Las minas

A travel blog entry by witek

Visited one of the cooperative mines to give presents to the miners and check out the conditions they work in. ...

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