Sarah and Denis Round the World travel blog

We stayed at Potosi in a converted monestary

Inside the monastary was very picturesque but also very cold

The hill that dominates the sky line at Potosi that provided all...

View from the top of one of the buildings near to the...

Potosi cathedral on the main plaza

You can see that hill from nearly everywhere

Old reflected in the new

Entrance to the mint (shut until 2:30 p.m.)

Which gave Denis enough time to open up a foto shop

The entrance courtyard inside the mint

This train used to haul the minted coins to the coast to...

Courtyard and sundial inside the mint

Main reception room

Famous picture showing Pachamama (Mother Earth) as the silver bearing hill

A one kilogramme ingot of silver

Give us the money !!

Donkey powered metal stamping machine

This 12 locked chest was used to transport the coins to Spain

Steve "the hammer" Cole

Rescued church altar piece in the cellar

The smelting room

Silver armadillo !!

Rachel pretends to be a donkey

Big scales

Ironically Bolivia´s coins are now made in Spain and shipped here


After a couple of days to rest our weary limbs we got the night bus to Potosi, the highest city in the world at over 4000 metres above sea level. Potosi was famous for it´s silver mines, which no longer yield much metal, and the place has a sad faded grandeur about it. Potosi was once the richest city in the world but most of it was shipped to Europe by the Spaniards. We came here to visit the old mint and go on a mine tour.

However, Steve was ill again and he was the only one who really wanted to do the mine tour. Denis gets claustrophobic (something he discovered in Vietnamese tunnels) and the others didn´t want to brave a shower after the tour. Potosi is cold, very cold.

So we only stayed one night, saw the mint the same day and then got a bus the next morning to Tupiza which at 1000 metres lower we were hoping would be a lot warmer.



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