Hostal Las Tres Portadas
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Potosi, one of the highest cities in the world at 4,090m, is located 3 hours south of Sucre and we have traveled through it many times on our trips around Bolivia. Even when traveling north to La Paz we have found ourselves staring through the window at the silhouette of Cerro Rico ('Rich Hill.') However, this time we got off the bus to explore...< …
10am bus to Potosi – had a good chat with a young Brit while
waiting and then settled back to enjoy the views of the dry cactus strewn hilly
landscape scored through with quebradas, the prettiest steep canyon like dry
riverbeds through red earth. We climbed steadily across the high mesa to the
city, located at over 4000m, apparently the 2nd highest city in the
world after ...
Started our salt flats tour. Saw a train graveyard, the salt flats and Cactus island. Stayed in a hotel made completely out of salt including the beds but luckily not the mattress. Spent the evening having beers by a fire down the road. At one point 3 drunk Bolivian border officials arrived. We did our best to talk to them and bought one, Cortez a ...
... minimum wage, they are willing to take the risk of their strenuous work.
Different to other mines, there are no safety standards, whatsoever. There is no one who keeps track of who is entering the mines and who is actually coming out again, there is obviously no light in there, making it pitch-black if your head lamp runs out of battery and one wrong step can easily result in a broken leg or even worse, making it extremely difficult to get back out of the ...
... hole in the rock. We clambered up on loose rock to visit him in the small space he was working. It became really hard to breathe here due to the dust. We learnt he had 4 children, one of which would come and help him in the afternoon, this man working from 10am until 7/8pm. The average life span of a miner was 45-55 and only men could work in the mines. Back down we walked along some sketchy wooden planks covering holes in the ground to reach our next miners visit. We climbed ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHostal Las Tres Portadas Potosi
Think we were the only ones staying in this huge colonial hotel. The building has character and is based around 2 colourful patios. Comfortable en suite room + good TV with standard Bolivian breakfast included. Wifi down during stay unfortunately. Very helpful staff who arranged our mine tour through American Tours.
B$150 per room.
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