After spending two days in Sucre, it was on to Potosí, the infamous silver mining town of Bolivia. This time, the overland journey was a bearable two hours. From warm and sunny Sucre, the change in weather and environment in Potosí was vast, probably due to its elevation at over 4000m. The air cold and thin, the town not much more than a cluster of low-rise buildings beneath the shadow of the mountains. Dust lingered everywhere.
Note #1: As a solo female traveller to Potosí, I recommend joining a group tour, which you can book from Sucre or La Paz. There are not many choices of accommodation there, and a travel company will be able to organise a decent hotel for you.
One of the top tourist attractions in Potosí is, of course, the silver mines. Being claustrophobic, I hesitated. However, after watching The Devil’s Miner in Sucre the night before, my curiosity got the better of me and I signed up for the tour. A small van showed up at the hotel and whisked a few of us away to the mines. We were instructed to put on protective gear and to buy supplies as a ‘gift’ to the miners before entering. These ‘gifts’ can be anything from dynamite (yes, they sell this to tourists!) to potent alcoholic beverages (96% alcohol, I am not kidding).