Blowing Things Up
Trip Start Feb 16, 2007
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Our sole purpose in going to Potosi was to go check out the mines and set off some dynamite. We arrived on a Sunday and the mine was closed so we booked a bus to Sucre for the following night and a mine tour for the morning. We just hung out during the day and checked the city out. There isn't too much to see in the city.
The next morning we woke up early to head to the mines. The mine tour starts off with the group going to the miners street market where you buy gifts for the miners. The gifts include coco leaves (which are horrible), cokes, cigarettes, dynamite, and liquor. The liquor is 90% alcohol and tastes horrible as well. The miners believe that if they drink pure alcohol that the devil will grant them pure minerals out of the mine so they drink it. From the market they take you up to Cerro Rico and into the mines. This tour isn't for claustrophobes or asthmatics. The hill is quite a bit higher than the city and once you are deep in the mine it gets pretty hard to breathe. The temperature can also get up to 113 degrees. It is difficult to navigate around in there.
After the tour our guide let us blow up some extra dynamite that we had bought for a whopping $3US.
Well when we finished our tour we hurried to the bus station and caught a bus to Sucre. The plan is to take a couple of Spanish lessons, (hopefully actually make it to class this time) find some friendlier locals, and actually do a little partying for a change. With our Salta road trip and the Salt Flats we haven't had the opportunity to hardly go out. We hope to actually see some descent looking ladies for a change as well.