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May 4, 2012 - Livichuco

Headed north from Potosi to pick up a guide to take us to our ´homestay´in a little village called Livichuco - quite a good road. Had to pick Pedro up and stopped in a small town some 45kms past our turn off so had to back track. One we had turned off the main highway the road deteriorated rapidly into a dirt track - fine if you are in a four wheel drive but Yana is top heavy and in the back you feel every bump. I hope the photos I took do it justice the road became narrow to the point that we had to stop for anything to pass us and it was...

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May 3, 2012 - Bolivian Altiplano

Border open so off we go! Only a two hour wait for immigration ...huge queue of people was waiting to get stamped out because of yesterdays closure. We also picked up a guide for this section as the roads tend to change in the National Park depending on the weather. Braulio appeared to be about 60 and was specifically asked for by Anki as he is not only a good guide but helps around the truck as well. Mamasita followed us as her guide didn´t turn up. There was a two hour drive through no-man´s land and we were quite sure that it was because...

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Apr 25, 2012 - Una vita da minatori

Quando, nella notte, l'autobus ha cominciato ad avvicinarsi a Potosi, in lontananza le nuvole hanno cominciato a tingersi di arancio, come se si stessero preparando all'alba, un'alba più simile a un tramonto in realtà. Ho controllato l'orologio, l'arrivo era previsto all'1, un po' troppo presto per il sole. Ma allora, come potevano essere di quel colore? Ho cominciato a immaginarlo, ne ho avuto conferma il giorno seguente: quel colore é dato dal sistema di illuminazione delle miniere, le miniere i cui tunnel corrono in quasi ogni angolo...

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My Big Trip

Jul 12, 2011 - Potosí

Potosi is where they have had a lot of silver mining in the past and they still have a lot of mining. We went down one of the mines, where the miners do 12 hour shifts. They chew on the coca leaves, having a big lump in their cheek to stop them feeling hungry or tired and also the leaves are supposed to stop some of the dust from getting into their lungs. It´s a horrible place, which I didn´t really like being in for our short visit. The men´s eyes look high and the whole place is full of dust and people yelling to get out of the way for...

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May 17, 2011 - Mining in Potosi

The ride to Potosi (the highest city in the world) was very tough. Seven hours on a public bus with only one ´bush´ toilet stop. Nevertheless, I made it there in one piece. I did not spend much time looking around the place as it was so crowded it took ages to walk anywhere. However, I did go on an eye-opening excursion to a working silver mine. The trip began by going to the miners´ market to buy gifts for the workers. I got cocoa leaves (to relieve altitude sickness and re-energise the miners), 96% alcohol (to keep them warm) and...

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Feb 27, 2011 - Potosi

Okay...from nice, refreshingly low Sucre of 2000ft ish...to the highest city in the world at 4,800. Not so good. Really pretty hard to breath etc. The city has a mountain of silver..and all red for some reason! But apart from that it was a rather claustraphobic city! Thankyfully only there for 2 nights! But due to Carnival, we got attacked by water and foam a lot! The first was just walking around and a kid sprayed flic with Foam and threw a water balloon at her!! the as it was getting coldr, we both got foam, and both got water pistoled...

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Feb 1, 2011 - Potosi

We had a pretty hairy bus ride from Uyuni to Potosi as the road wasnt made and was full of holes it was really bumpy. Once we left our seats about half a foot! Once we made it in one piece to Potosi we went for a tour around the old mint which used to make all the currency for Bolivia but now doesnt make anything. Their coins are made in Chilie apart from 5bolivianos coin which is made in Canada and notes made in France!!

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Sep 25, 2010 - Potosi: Bolivia

Potosi is famous for its Cerro Rico (Rich Hill) which was full of silver. The history of Potosi is dominated by the silver mines. The city was founded in 1545 as soon as the silver was discovered and the silver inevitably bankrolled the Spanish empire. At its height, Potosi became the largest and richest city in the Americas, but at a cost. The Spanish enslaved the indigenous population to work in the mines and when they started dying at a rate of knots, they imported African slaves to augment the workforce. The approach to Potosi: The...

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Sue's Big Trip

Jul 19, 2010 - Potosi

.The last day of la Paz was busy and filled with errands. I had laundry done, posted suveniers and went shopping is second hand stores for warmer clothes for the next week or so of icy cold weather. I had many bus issues. I bought my bus ticket in a bus with a bed called a cama bus from a travel agency. I paid 15$ for it which is kind of pricey but I know the agency gets a cut of it. When I arrive to the bus station feeling a little under the weather I find i was booked on a normal bus that costs five dollars. My ticket said cama so i put...

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My Travels

Jun 10, 2010 - Mining in Potosi

Today we went on a mining tour in Potosi. ´The mines employ thousands of men.All only have a life expectancy of 40-50 years. On the way up to the mines we stopped to buy them explosives,biscuits,coco leaves,pure alcohol and biscuits.To make life livable all the men chew coco which you can see in a big wad in their cheeks.The youngest age you can be is 12 years of age.We saw one father with his 14 year old son learning the trade. We were told to be careful because the hole the boy was down was full of carbon monoxide! The mine has...

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Adios Amigos 2010

May 12, 2010 - lost in de city

heerlijk uitgeslapen terwijl een deel van de groep naar de mijnen waren, viel een beetje tegen dus ben blij dat ik niet mee was, ze hebben wel een pumpkin mogen opblazen met dynamiet, dat had ik weer wel willen doen. een paar mensen gingen daarna naar de voetbalmatrch potosi tegen sucre kijken maar stelt ni veel voor, ga in brazilie wel eens naar grootste stadion ter wereld kijken. Ik ben met onze zweedse meisjes en vanda naar la plata gegaan voor een submarino,falafel en een paar wijntjes. paar uur met de kaarten gespeeld en daarna met...

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May 11, 2010 - silver

4 uur op de bus naar potosi, bekend om zijn zilvermijnen. aangekomen rond 15 uur en destad gaan verkennen en naar een reisbureau om het bezoek aan de mijnen te regelen. na de nodige uitleg toch maar besloten om niet mee te gaan, zou 2 uur voorover gebogen moeten staan in een temperatuur van 40 graden in een tunnel vol stof en asbest. moet nog een beetje plezant blijven, is tenslotte vakantie he. nog een beetje rondwandelen over de markten en gaan dineren. nog een submarino om dedag af te sluiten

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