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Potosí

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4 / 5 - One review
How to get there
Four hours from Sucre by bus
When to go

All year round

Minimum stay
1 to 2 days

Reviews of Potosí

Joanna Pallud Travel writer
14 travel articles

The city is famous for its mines.

My suggestion:
In addition to the mines, the market in Potosi is a also a very enjoyable place to visit. Don't be at all reluctant to sit down and eat some of the little dishes sold by some of the stallholders there.
Summary:

I hadn't actually planned to visit Potosi during my trip to Bolivia. Arriving in the city from Uyuni, Potosi provided the perfect place to stopover before heading on to Sucre. Having arrived there late in the day, I was approached by Eliane, a woman selling city tours. I made a fairly noncommittal agreement to meet her the next day at the youth hostel where I was staying. She turned up the very next morning and suggested a visit to the mines. I accepted her offer and agreed to do the tour the same day then set off for Sucre in the evening.

My husband Carlos, a former miner, actually served as my guide. Fitted out like miners, we made a stop first at a mining equipment shop. There I purchased offerings for El Tio, the god of the mines, and something for the miners themselves. Carlos spent three hours explaining the life of a miner to me and the the working relationship they build with the llamas. I came across several miners busy at work, heard dynamite explosions, felt the power of the silence of the mines (a minute of silence in complete darkness is quite a freaky experience!), and tried to get a sense and understanding of the spirit of the mountain. The tour was an amazing experience.

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