The mines of Potosí – entrance to hell

In the mines of Potosí I took few nice shoots, but didn’t purplish then until now, because there is so much more Information that would be needed for the reader to understand the prominence of this unique place. I’m still to lazy to write about all this interesting town, so I’m writing down just few small facts:

The Town Potosí is married to its mines in the big Mountain Cerro Rico and its more than 300 mines. Now days no one really know how many mines there are, or even got a map of all the mines. Already the Incas where digging here for silver. In the 17th century it was the biggest and richest city in whole America (north and south!) and one of the biggest at the world, bigger than Rome or Madrid at this time. But the slaves and indigenous-workers called it the entrance to hell, the most of them died. The working conditions at this time have been even worst than today, and even today the mineras (often still children) are digging with their bare hands. No one know how many human died there, but there got so much silver out of this one mountain, that the worldwide silver-price dropped, and one of the first big inflation in Europa begun.

Nowadays the place is out of silver, but zinc, tin and other materials are still “worth” of digging. At the same time its quit easy for tourists to find a guide to visit this mines, but the conditions here are so tough, I was quite happy when we got out of this dusty transitions and its thin but unbelievably hot air.

Its more than interesting to read about Potosí, so if you got some time, just google around!