The Highest city in the world.
Trip Start Aug 25, 2008
49Trip End Dec 16, 2008
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In the colonial days, Potosi was the largest and richest city in the Western Hemisphere, and some say in the world - it had a larger population than Paris, London, and Rome! And at 13,400 feet, Potosi is still the highest city on the planet.
Potosiīs importance really comes from the orange mountain
Potosi was a grand city with massive cathedrals, amazing and lavish colonial mansions,
In it's 'golden age', Potosi was the richest city in the world, and they flaunted it.
Then one day, the silver dried up and people left.
As always, there is a dark side to that kind of wealth. The Spaniards were not
Even today, the life expectancy of a miner is less than 20 years from the day they enter the mines. And some enter the mines as early as 11 years old.
But more on that in my next entry, as I'm going into the Potosi mines to spend a morning mining silver along side the Bolivians. But first, they tell me I need safety training on how to properly set and light dynamite!
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Where I stayed
Hotel Santa Teresa