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... coca leaves, with the occasional 96% alcohol. Every first and last Friday of the month you pay hommage to El Tio (the uncle) - some bizzare mountain deity who looks like the devil (because that's where he originated from), and Pachamama - the earth mother. Women aren't allowed to work in the mine, as Pachamama would get jealous and refuse to give up her treasures - ...
Potosi is the highest city in the world at 4068m. We arrived after a 4 hour drive from Uyuni. Our tour leader Maribel took us on a short city tour when we arrived. We went to the main plaza and saw the cathedral, then walked through the local market before having some lunch. After lunch we visited San Francisco church. We went under the church to see the cemetery, there were still skulls and bones there. We then went on the roof of ...
... talking to them and improving his English. Some of the tourists suggested that he should work in tourism and eventually he opened his own company offering tours of the mines. In the past, the mines were owned by the Spanish and all minerals went to them. Nowadays, the mines are owned by cooperatives, with each miner working for himself or as part of a team. All the minerals are sold and the miners keep the profits. When you join a cooperative, you start at the bottom rank with ...
... restaurants - and most crucially restaurants that served litre sized bottles of beer! We ate, went
back to the hostel and set the alarm for early in the morning.
We could have stayed a day and done a tour of the mines, after speaking to an ex-miner in Uyuni maybe we should have as the miners do get a cut of the tourism however I didn't feel particularly ...
... meaning we had to jump to the side to let a mine cart zoom past with two guys hanging off the back of it. At one point we sat down and the whole mountain (well it felt like the whole mountain) started shaking as some dynamite was detonated a hundred metres away! The whole experience was awesome and I videos the whole thing on my go pro so I'll show you some footage next time I see ...
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