Pictures of Potosi
- Bolivia -
City of Potosi
Spanish Imperial capital in the 16th century, Potosi was providing with its mines most of the silver
and coins to the old continent. La Casa de le Moneda is now a museum but the building was manufacturing
silver coins. Spanish, thank to slavery (africans and indians), were leading the world. Today, no more
slaves, only volunteers digging inside mines trying to find their fortune...
Potosi, the Spanish Imperial city has been forgotten by the rest of the world !
The story of Potosi is lead by the story of the mines. These mines are still used since bolivian
people think only 30% of the silver potential has been dragged out. A company and a cooperative are
exploiting today the mines. We visited the cooperative part with real miners. We will never forget it !
Small galeries, dim light, miners working in very rude conditions with very poor materials. Children of 12
years old are working inside as assistant !!!! Last point, altitude is 4500m...
Leaving Potosi to Uyuni
The bus station in Potosi is a living place with a market to buy some food. It took 7 hours to go from
Potosi to Uyuni. We had some mechanical troubles with the engine but landscapes are fabulous. In this region,
you can easily understand the meaning of INFINITY.