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Potosi is all mine

A travel blog entry by gaelstigant


I didn't take too many photos of my trip down the mine in Potosi because I was too busy pooing my pants. In a tour that would never pass UK health and safety regulations, I found myself 45m underground, next to a miner who was busy fitting fuses to sticks of dynamite. Chunks of rock were dropping from the sides of the tunnels, a cart carrying two tons of materials rumbled overhead and the thin air made me woozy. Potosi is one ...

The Gateway to hell "vale un Potosi"

A travel blog entry by coco89


... it is the highest city in Bolivia. This would mean just taking a stroll through town would be a good workout. However, we weren't prepared for the many many hills and steep rises throughout even the city centre. So our 15 minute hike up to what looked like the city centre left us completely exhausted and gasping for air. So it was a sight for sore eyes to see some familiar faces just there, sitting in the sun. We had crossed paths with Stephi and Sven - yet ...


A travel blog entry by ccchrissie


... represents the devil and owner of the mountains, ying to Pacha Mama’s yang – offerings of coca and 96 proof alcohol are given here to both at least monthly and on Saturday llamas will be sacrificed to both as well. Then, in an annual event, the llama is eaten and many more offerings of alcohol are given and consumed! The blood is meant to appease both and thereby spare the lives of the 10,000 miners that work in this one hill – apparently the annual ...

Searching for that silver lining

A travel blog entry by philandmups


... the most recognised currency symbol was born. Despite all my best efforts, I didn't find any silver, but I did find a unique and eye-opening experience. Seeing at first hand the risks these miners take in the diminishing hope they will find something which would transform their lives forever I found quite harrowing. Paying to witness this seemed wrong, but hopefully in doing so, I've been able to share with you just what some people around the globe have to do for a living. Phil and Mups ...


A travel blog entry by chris-trip


... the miners, whom we were going to visit.

These presents ranged from Coca leaves, beer and some strong alcohol to more practical things such as gloves, dynamite and fuses! Naturally I bought some real dynamite, which I later on gave to one of the guys.

The interesting aspect about the Potosi mines is, that all of the miners are self-employed and therefore work as much as they want. Given that they can about 250 Euro per month, which is about double ...


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