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    Visit an active silver mine at Cerro Rico

    by Waxbag Written Jan 2, 2009

    In 1545, the city of Potosi was built virtually overnight. Over the next twenty years, its population exploded to 100,000 making it by far the largest city in the Americas. By the 17th century it was the largest city in the world at 160,000. It imported everything from basic food supplies and construction material to Persian rugs and Chinese porcelain. Potosi grew from Cerro Rico (Rich Mountain) the richest single source of silver in the world and from it Spain and Europe were propped up nearly singled handedly . . . but at a price. Over the three centuries of colonial mining it is estimated that 9 million indigenous and African slaves were consumed in the mine or died from related diseases.

    After purchasing dynamite at the local tienda, we head up into the mines of Cerro Rico, in Potosi, Bolivia that, at one time, was the riches source of Silver in the world making Potosi the wealthiest city in the world. Those days are gone but the poor miners still spend their lives trying to earn a living the old fashioned way in these mines. Many guest house organize trips into the mines. Many give a percentage to a clinic that serves the health of miners and their families.

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    La Nuestra Señora de La Paz Cathedral

    by iwys Updated Nov 28, 2008

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    Nuestra Señora de La Paz Cathedral was built between 1831 and 1925. In order to accommodate the steep slope that it's built on, the rear entrance is 12 m higher than the front entance on Plaza Murillo. Inside, it has impressive columns and stained glass windows.

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    Bolivian adventure

    by Dobrodruh Written Oct 30, 2008

    Hi,
    if you are adventurous go to the Death Road on bike (La Paz-Coroico) one day trip (35-70 USD) book on Illampu street, bring own Goretex and camera...it worth but stay in Coroico for a night in good hotel...

    The area around Sajama is beautiful (three photogenic volcanoes, lamas, hot springs, vicunas, even flamencos in nearby laguna... in two days you can climb the top of Sajama with local guides (I did) 6530m
    For me one of the best were the pampas (3 day trip to Yacume river from Rurrenabaque ... plenty of wildlife (1000 of crocs, turtles, capybaras, flocks of pink dolphins, piranas, even anacondas (I,ve seen 2)

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    La Reserva de Fauna Andina Eduardo Avaroa

    by iwys Written Aug 10, 2008

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    La Reserva Nacional de Fauna Andina Eduardo Avaroa is a beautiful rugged area of south-west Chile with snow-capped volcanoes, colourful lakes, geysers and weird rock formations. It was made a national reserve in 1973 and covers an area of 7,147 sq km. some of its main features are Laguna Verde, Laguna Colorada, Sol de Mañana, El Valle de Dalí and el Arbol de Piedra. The wildlife here includes Andean Flamingos, Chilean Flamingos, James' Flamingos, Greater Rheas, Torrent Ducks, vicuñas, foxes and the rabbit-like viscachas.

    It is one of the most beautiful landscapes in the whole world.

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    Laguna Colorada

    by iwys Updated Aug 10, 2008

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    Laguna Colorada is a predominantly red coloured lake with a white perimeter, at an altitude of 4278m. The red is caused by algae while the white is caused by calcium carbonate. There are flocks of flamingos on the lake.

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    Laguna Verde

    by iwys Written Aug 10, 2008

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    Laguna Verde is a beautiful green lake at the foot of the volcano Licancabur. It is 4400 m up on the Bolivian Altiplano right next to the border with Chile. The green colour is caused by minerals in the sediment. Around the edges of the lake there is a white crust of calcium carbonate deposits.

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    Isla de los Pescadores

    by iwys Written Aug 10, 2008

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    Isla de los Pescadores, also known as Isla Inca Huasi or Incahuasi, is a bizarre volcanic island covered with giant cacti, standing incongruously in the middle of the vast salt flat of Salar de Uyuni. There are some basic facilities here for visitors, including toilets, so most expeditions stop here for lunch.

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    Salar de Uyuni

    by iwys Updated Aug 10, 2008

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    Bolivia's Salar de Uyuni is the largest salt flat in the world, covering an area of approximately 10,000 sq km and made up of 10 billion tons of salt. It was formed when the prehistoric Lake Minchin, which covered much of southern Bolivia, dried up. You can drive across it for days, as long as you are in a 4WD vehicle.

    This is one place where you definitely need a sun hat, sunglasses and plenty of sunblock. Beware of the sun reflecting off the salt because if you are wearing shorts it will burn your legs.

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    Casa Real de la Moneda, Potosi

    by iwys Written Aug 10, 2008

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    Potosi's Casa Real de la Moneda was built between 1753 and 1753. It is a beautiful building and once housed Bolivia's royal mint. Now it is a museum displaying, amongst other things, old coins.

    Opening hours: Tue-Sat 9am-11am & 2.30pm-6.30pm, Sun 9am-12 midday

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    Compañía de Jesús, Potosi

    by iwys Updated Aug 10, 2008

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    La Iglesia y Torre de la Compañía de Jesús were originally built between 1581 and 1599, although most of the current building dates from the eighteenth century. Climb the tower at the Compañía de Jesús for great views over the rooftops of Potosi.

    There are some interesting metal sculptures of St George and the dragon in the courtyard.

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    Casa de la Libertad, Sucre

    by iwys Updated Aug 10, 2008

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    Sucre's Casa de la Libertad has enormous significance with Bolivians as it was here in 1825 that Bolivia's decalration of independence was signed. It is an interesting museum if you are interested in modern history.

    Opening hours: Tue-Sat 9am-12 midday & 2.30-7pm, sun 9am-12 midday

    Admission: Bs.10

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    Sucre

    by iwys Updated Aug 10, 2008

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    Sucre is the official capital of Bolivia. It's an attractive, colonial city, with a big student population. It was founded in 1538 and has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1991.

    It has lots of museums, colonial buildings, churches, bars and restaurants to delight the traveller.

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    Iglesia de San Francisco, La Paz

    by iwys Updated Aug 10, 2008

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    Iglesia de San Francisco is the oldest church in La Paz. The foundation stone for the original San Francisco church was laid here in 1548, a year before the city of La Paz was even founded. The current church building largely dates from 18th century reconstruction.

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    Museo Casa de Murillo

    by iwys Updated Aug 10, 2008

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    This is another of the four Calle Jaén museums which you can visit on the combined ticket for 4 bolivianos. It is the former home of General Murillo, who was hanged by the Spaniards in 1810 for his leading role in the independence movement. It is an attractive 18th century mansion built around a courtyard.

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    La Paz

    by iwys Updated Aug 10, 2008

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    La Paz was founded by the Spanish conquistador Alonso de Mendoza in 1548. It is a very hilly city so you will find yourself constantly walking up and down steep sloping streets. It is the highest national "capital" in the world and its altitude ranges from 3100m to 4058m. I have written "capital" because it now shares that title with Sucre, but the presidential palace and all of the main government buildings are still here.

    The first thing you will notice, apart from the fact that it is incredibly hilly, is how congested it is, with narrow streets and every available patch of land built on. It's hard to believe that its population is only 1.5 million.

    The downtown area has grand buildings, markets and many museums. One of the best things to do is visit the four Calle Jaén museums. Firstly, because they are in the most attractive old colonial area of the city and secondly because four museums on one combined ticket for just 4 bolivianos is great value.

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