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... The next day, thankfully waking free of any effects of the altitude, we continued our journey in the 4x4s and came across more lagoons and fantastic scenery. In the afternoon we had finally made it,we had made it to the salt flats. WOW! We drove to an island where we walked to the top and had a view of the salt flats from every angle. There were cacti everywhere! We then headed to the middle of the salt flats for some practise photos. It takes a good imagination and ...
... extremely poor working conditions and over working. The mines became depleted around 1800 but locals still work in them to scrape out the dregs within the soil and the average life expectancy for a miner is 40 years old due to silicosis poisoning.
We had already seen `The Devil`s Miner` - a documentary following a 14 year old boy working in the mines - back in Sucre and I was very keen to go in and see how they worked for myself. Kate was not so keen and decided to skip ...
... men' didn't look older than 16 to us although our guide reassured us that they were in their 20s. Words fail me on our experience today. Both Alex and I were touched at the lives people lead here. People don't live beyond 60 working in the mines - the silicosis they breathe whilst mining for silver kills them early.
Tragic, beautiful, touching. The highest city in the world has left us with a lot to think about as we approach the salt ...
... might have been offering medical advice or maybe they were just showing people what they were learning.
We walked the length of Hoyos Street to see the tower of Compaņia de Jesus and museum Casa de Moneda although just from outside. We intended to go to Cafe de la Merced for its cakes and viewing tower but it had limited opening hours. When we arrived though, we were disappointed to discover it was closed until 15th of October. We consoled ourselves ...
... all ex-miners. Our first stop was to the miners
market where we were shown the explosives and coca leaves. We were then taken
to their factory and kitted out in dirty overshirts and pants and gumboots.
Then another short bus trip to the entrance to the top level of the mine. On
the way we were told it was compulsory to chew coca leaves which we did. The
only difference these seem to make apart from making your teeth a bit green is
that your tongue went a bit numb. The ...