As a major producer of silver, the city of Potosi was once the wealthiest in South America. Today, the silver has run out and the materials from the mines are purified into zinc, tin and copper, but the grandiose buildings, beautiful churches and ornate colonial mansions stand testament to the city’s affluent past. It’s the mines that are the main point of curiosity though, and venturing into their depths is as eye-opening and humbling as it is fascinating. En route, you can drop in on the market to pick up a gift for the miners – dynamite - and can even buy some for yourself to be used outside the mine under the supervision of your guide.


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