All most touching the sky, at the elevation of more than 4000 m above sea level in Bolivian highlands lies Potosí. A city with glorious mining past, present and future.
Cerro Rico de Potosi is the world’s largest silver deposit and has been mined since the sixteenth century. Walking around you can feel in your nose the fine dust from the mines and sun in your face. The streets of Potosí and city itself is rather modest but somehow it has certain appeal, at least if you are interested to visit a still working mine. I was too chicken to go but instead I wondered around and explored the bolivian culture and spanish colonial history.
Potosí, one of the highest cities in the world, is located at the elevation of 4,090 metres above sea level. For centuries is was the spanish colonial mint. Potosí lies at the foot of the Cerro de Potosí or Cerro Rico (“rich mountain”). The Cerro Rico is the reason for Potosí’s historical importance, since it was the major supply of silver for Spain during the period of the New World Spanish Empire.