Silver Mines in Potosi & the Wild West in Tupiza

26. – 28. June 2019

Welcome to the Silver City…

Having arrived in Potosi in the afternoon, I had missed the mine tour and booked a night in the hostel. Thus, I had a lot of time to look at the beautiful colonial houses and churches and to go to the market.

Potosi @ Night

In the morning, I finally took the chance to go to the silver mines that are the biggest ones in the world. Because of Cerro Rico, the silver mountain next to Potosi, the city was once one of the richest in the world. Until today, thousands of men are working in the mines and we were able to experience the working conditions and watch the miners doing their tasks. It’s like a completely other world in there.

After a relaxed day at the hostel, I jumped on the bus to Tupiza in the South of Bolivia where I arrived in the middle of the night. In the morning, I took a stroll through this Wild West like town – the last residence of the US-outlaws Butch Cassidy and Sunday Kid – and into the red canyon. What a cool sight! And also the views on the way to Uyuni later were totally worth a bus ride during daytime.

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