A June 2001 trip
to Potosi by JemmaT
Quote: At an altitude of 4070m Potosi is the highest city in the world! And it is noticible as you walk up the hills which make up the city, and in the cold at night!
The churches and cathedral are well worth a visit; the architecture is amazing.
The Casa Real de la Moneda, the royal mint, is also a popular attraction; it has one of the best museums in Bolivia, and it even has the county's first locomotive.
The areas around Potosi are beautiful and worth the hike to get around them in the high altitude.
They will also arrange tours of the mines for you.
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Hostal Maria Victoria
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Cherry's Salon de Te
Attraction | "Potosi mine tours"
We were lucky enough to meet a miner who had just completed a hole for dynamite, so we got to see an explosion. The fuse was lit and we had one minute to get far enough away to hear the explosion from a safe distance. You could feel the explosion shake the ground.
Before going into the mine, we were encouraged to buy the miners presents, such as dynamite, coca leaves, or cigarettes. I would recommend doing this as well; just buy something. It is inexpensive and gets you some interesting stories!
Be prepared to get dirty. Protective clothing is provided, but the mud still gets in, and you will have to crawl on the floor and squeeze through some holes in the wall.
Mines of Cerro Rico
On the outskirts of Potosi
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Lagunas del Kari Kari
8km South East of Potosi
The pond is scenic, and there are nice walks around the springs; unless you want to do some real walking half a day would suffice.
To get back to Potosi, go back to where you got off the micro and just wait. They have boards in the window saying where they are heading, but if you don't see it flag it down and ask. You may have to wait a while but one will turn up, and it will be crowded! Be prepared to be squashed and sat on!
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