Hotel Santa Teresa

Ayacucho 43, Potosi, Bolivia | Hotel
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Travel Blogs from Potosi

Sam

A travel blog entry by ccchrissie

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... mine, we went into another and then ascended three narrow, rickety, near vertical ladders to Sta Elena mine. Had happily not found the mine at all claustrophobic and as the ladders were in the dark in a narrow shaft did not sense too much fear of heights except getting from one to another with no handholds, poor light and precariously balanced over the yawning shaft I’d just ascended.

Happy to sit down for some photo opportunities with Tio Benito, ...

Potosi

A travel blog entry by rohanfariss

We came to Potosi purely to see the infamous silver mine. After arriving early we napped in the morning and headed for the tour in the afternoon. The two of us would be the only people on the tour. First stop was the miners markets where we bought presents for the miners. Water, soft drink and dynamite! Although we weren't allowed to light it we got our hands on it and resisted all temptation to light and throw it. When we got to the mine we entered through ...

The mountain that eats men

A travel blog entry by annahildreth

... After that we visited a factory where the minerals and silver are extracted. We then entered the mines as a group of 5 and an ex-miner as our guide.
We hadn't walked very far through the tunnels before we had to tuck into the side to allow some working miners past. They were pushing and pulling a cart carrying one tonne of minerals along dilapidated train-like tracks. They were struggling beyond words. They were evidently exhausted, sweating, panting and filthy.

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There's silver in them there hills!

A travel blog entry by lyndsey-martin

46

... us that we could be nowhere on Earth but Bolivia.
The other photos that you will see on the blog are of the Royal Mint - only open for guided tours at irritatingly inconvenient times for us - and the Jesuit bell tower. The other notable feature of Potosi is the narrow, bustling streets, which make the place feel very different to the smaller but sprawling towns of Uyuni and Tupiza that we have visited so far.
Martin & Lyndsey
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Potosi, Bolivia

A travel blog entry by beccie_andy

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... for the miners is silicosis, cause by silica dust.  They know they will die from that not long after their lips turn purple.  The average life expectancy of a miner is not much past 40 years old.  It was all very sobering.  For the small amount of time we spent own there the chemicals wouldn't cause us too many issues - we also had the luxury of a face mask which few miners can afford. Moving deeper into the mines, we stopped at one of the ...

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