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Potosí, Bolivia

Silver mines and the highest city in the world - and what a cute little city it is!

overcast 22 °C

We arrived and joined Yoni and Idan in La Casona Hostel, run by 2 rather rude men!! We were with Dan, Safo, Nico and Marie too (the guys from the salar tour) but unfortunately Saj had gone to meet her friends in La Paz :( She was a lovely open minded girl from London and we were all sad that she couldn't come with us.

The first night i cooked a big curry for everyone with carefully selected vegetables from the rather yukky market - the meat stands were quite close to the veggies and made us all feel rather sick with the lack of cleanliness and the smell.

The next day we wondered around the city a little, it was only small but rather likeable and everything within easy reach. We then found an awesome alternative cafe where a little old women was home cooking all the food. Unfortunately this meant that we waited almost 2 hours for our food, even though we were her only customers. I can't imagine what it was like when it was busy. Yoni and Idan then caught their bus to Sucre as they had already been in Potosí for 3 days, and we said we would catch them up there soon.

The Cathedral

The Cathedral

The main plaza

The main plaza

Art or a mistake?

Art or a mistake?

The six of us visited the thermal lake outside of the city the next day. It was nice to be in the sun and the very warm relaxing lake but way overly priced for us gringoes!
Dan, Safo, Nico, Marie and Josh on the way to the thermal lake

Dan, Safo, Nico, Marie and Josh on the way to the thermal lake

On the way to the Thermals

On the way to the Thermals

In the thermal lake

In the thermal lake

Ducks at the thermals - this one's for you mum

Ducks at the thermals - this one's for you mum

Me and Josh headed back from the thermals early to go to the view point on the rooftop of Iglesia (Church) San Fransisco that shut at 5pm.

View from the rooftops

View from the rooftops

Iglesia San Francisco and the Cathedral in the distance

Iglesia San Francisco and the Cathedral in the distance

Iglesia San Francisco

Iglesia San Francisco

View from Iglesia San Francisco

View from Iglesia San Francisco

Rooftops view

Rooftops view

After that the sunset in the city:
Sunset in Potosi

Sunset in Potosi

The main plaza - really beautiful

The main plaza - really beautiful

The main plaza2

The main plaza2

The next day Josh, Nico, Dan and I headed down the silver mines to see how it all was as it is still a huge industry here. The conditions were primitive and the 'health and safety' craze had definitely not hit here! As we walked thro the mines there were fumes emitting from broken pipes, the passages from above were held shut with bits of wood and the ladders were broken, slippy and very tall - needless to say my knuckles were white and my eyes wide for the whole of the tour. I was very glad when we got back to the fresh air, especially as our guide had just told us how many people die every year just as we were asked to step over a 60ft deep hole and climb down a wet ladder!!

Ready for the descent into the mines

Ready for the descent into the mines

Miners at work

Miners at work

Josh coming down the 3 huge ladders into<br />the depths

Josh coming down the 3 huge ladders into
the depths

Men working in the mine

Men working in the mine

60ft whole down the mine!

60ft whole down the mine!

Me looking terrified

Me looking terrified

Theo (the devil) - worshipped by the miners for safety and minerals

Theo (the devil) - worshipped by the miners for safety and minerals

Refining factories

Refining factories

After we came out we drove above the mines to where the factories were refining the minerals and blew up some dinamite!!
View of Potosi from near the mine

View of Potosi from near the mine

Josh holding dinamite

Josh holding dinamite

Exploding dinamite!

Exploding dinamite!

.....Then the 3.30pm bus to Sucre....

Posted by BlondSuzie 13:28 Archived in Bolivia

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