We didn’t stay in Potosí very long because the streets are incredibly unsafe to walk at night, with drunken Bolivianos wandering the streets not afraid to accost people. The pizza place we ate at also tried to charge us double for our dinner.
The only nice thing about Potosí was the lady at the Koala Den - she was incredibly friendly.
We found out the hard way that the busses to Uyuni don’t leave from the new terminal and that you have to go to the old terminal (ex-terminal). We barely caught the last day bus at 2:30PM but had to sit on the floor because there weren’t enough seats - and they made us pay full fare.
The highest city on the planet.
A visit to Potosí isn’t complete without a visit to one of the cooperative mines. It’s a shocking experience as the methods of working haven’t changed much since the colonial times. Working conditions are terrible: most miners die of silicosis in their forties. Still, many people don’t have another choice and around 10,000 people work in the mines. A tour starts with a visit to the miners’ market to buy gifts for the miners like coca leaves, drinks, cigarettes or dynamite. You will then visit an ore refinery plant where the miners sell whatever deposits they manage to collect. Then you head to the mines, where a typical visit will have you walking and crawling through it for about 2~3 hours. You can talk, take photographs and share your gifts with the miners.
|3:42PM||Hailed a cab.|
|3:50PM||At the terminal - had to haggle for 8 BOB instead of 10.|
|4:32PM||Boarding for 20 BOB each on unknown bus.|
|4:35PM||And we’re off.|
|8:20PM||In a cab.|
|8:37PM||Arrived at Hostal Eucalyptus.|
|9:15AM||Checked in at Koala Den.|
|Total bus time||3:23|
Where we stayed.
Really good cheap pizza. Tried to overcharge us.
|2:05PM||Arrived at the bus terminal via taxi.|
|2:10PM||Uyuni isn’t served out of the new terminal apparently.|
|2:12PM||In another taxi to the old terminal.|
|2:22PM||At the terminal.|
|2:32PM||Not enough seats, but we’re on our way!|
|Total bus time||3:28|