Dim. 04.08 Mines In Potosi, Far West in Tupiza
Hello Every Body,
It would have been
a great Day in Potosi if we have not got so much troubles at the bus station
when leaving to Tupiza...
If someone do not
understand my English , please let me know.
to start with the beginning, We left Sucre on Wednesday morning (3H30 of bus)
to Potosi. This town (altitude 4000meters above the sea level) has been settled
during the colonial period because of its moutains behind containing lots of
metals, (before gold and above all silver, now, tin, Zinc and still few silver).
In the hostal of the money, we could learn a lot on the money history . Do
you know that until 1825, about 90-95% of the silver was exported to spain (without
retribution) and now, since 1953, Bolivia inportes his money (notes and coins)
from Spain, of course with payment...
Thursday, We visited the collectivos Mines, chat with some miners (sewing coca
leaves) , visit of galleries, dynamite explosion... This day was moreover a
special day for miners. They are used to sacrify a Lama (spreading its blood
in the mine and taking out its heart, still beating..). We could assist to this
ceremony at the end...how spectacular was this!!
During the mines,
we could met a couple of English (Hello to Dave and Lauren), From London.
we decided to leave Potosi to Tupiza. Buses leave only in end of afternoon for
the bus station, a guy invited us nicely to wait for the bus, here. We were
45 minutes in advance. We though he was from the compagny. In fact, He was not.
We've been told to go to the office to get numbers for our bags (to put them
in the bus), The guy proposes his help , we did not so agree and without being
able to do anything , he began to carry Lise' bag, not the heaviest, of course
(to run faster), and hopefully!!. I followed him wih my bag to the office, and
someone in the stairs going to the offices (and the way out) asked me something
I could not understand (as usual in Spanish), And when I raised up my eyes again
to look at our so helpful guy, I could not see him again, He was not in the
met our England friends, after just 10 minutes. they were robbed as well. Well,
we estimate to have been lucky for this. Lise bag never weights a lot. After
taking out our two sleeping bags ( less than 3Kgs both, We always take them
for the night bus, It is so cold during the night), There were only our medices,
two walking sticks, and my old jacket for skying where the white had became
grey from a long time (about 10 years), All costing less than 100Euros, maybe
less than 3% of our holidays budget). English couple were a little bit more
unlucky as there was their two cameras in their bag stolen.
Lots of holes in the
night road to go to Tupiza as usual. We arrived at about 4am, Just a quick search
for an hotel. and go to bed. Unfortunatly Lise got ill...
is warmer than Potosi (2950m intead of 4000m), Its surrouding are amazing, looking
like far West decors in America. With Red rocks, eroded colomn of rocks...I
followed the two Englishs for a one day trip in horses in the south of Tupiza
while Lise had a rest in the hotel, sleeping, watching television, and going
often to the toilets...
saturday and Sunday was not so quiet for Lise and me... Lise was better saturday
morning and we booked for a two day trip by horses also but in the north...Lots
of pain in our legs and our back... but what a pleasure! mounting a horse, making
it running, galloping in theses beautiful landscapes, crossing rivers, as cowboys
in Western pictures like John Wayne did ...
Difficult to control
the horse, but After three all days (for me, 2 days for Lise), we began to let
the horse know what we want!!
We should stay on
more day in Tupiza, as we do not fed up of its surroundings, And then, This
will the time to go on the way back... Tupiza in the southest place of our trip
(about two hours in bus of Argentina borders) and we have to reach Lima (the
norhtest place of our trip) in less than one week and half only...
than one week and half...