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    South by South America Tour – Bolivia Part 7

    Monday, September 23, 2019
    Potosi, Bolivia

    Rohith from Tamil Nadu, India in Potosi, Bolivia.
    Rohith from Tamil Nadu, India in Potosi, Bolivia.

    Looking north toward the Catedral Metropolitana del Apóstol Santiago in Potosi, Bolivia.
    Looking north toward the Catedral Metropolitana del Apóstol Santiago in Potosi, Bolivia.

    The Obelisco Potosí in Potosi, Bolivia.
    The Obelisco Potosí in Potosi, Bolivia.

    When I walked out of the Hostel Casa Blanca today, Rohith from Tamil Nadu, India was heading off to a small town in the south of Bolivia. He works on documentaries for Netflix and has been traveling around the world for several years, with two more years to go. After we said goodbye, I went on a photo mission around scenic central Potosi, where the streets are narrow and the sidewalks are even narrower. The whole town feels pretty cramped, funky and lopsided; it’s endearingly odd the way the Catedral and Obelisk are skewed off from the Plaza 10 de Noviembre just a little bit, instead of being centered. The high altitude really had me in a lethargic stupor as I tried to squeeze by all of the jostling pedestrians, but it was worth it, as the streets of Potosi are really photogenic.

    A busy street corner in Potosi, Bolivia.
    A busy street corner in Potosi, Bolivia.

    Tigers on the loose in Potosi, Bolivia.
    Tigers on the loose in Potosi, Bolivia.

    There are plenty of overhanging rooms like this green one in Potosi, Bolivia.
    There are plenty of overhanging rooms like this green one in Potosi, Bolivia.

    “Potosí is the capital city and a municipality of the Department of Potosí in Bolivia. Sitting at an elevation of 13,420 feet, it’s one of the highest cities in the world. For centuries, it was the location of the Spanish colonial mint. Potosí lies at the foot of the Cerro de Potosí, sometimes referred to as the Cerro Rico, a mountain popularly conceived of as being “made of” silver ore that dominates the city. Located in the Bolivian Tin Belt, Cerro de Potosí is the world’s largest silver deposit and has been mined since the 16th century. Estimates are that much silver still remains in the mines. The Cerro de Potosi is the reason for Potosí’s historical importance since it was the major supply of silver for Spanish Empire until Guanajuato in Mexico surpassed it in the 18th century.”—Wikipedia

    Words and photos ©2019 Arcane Candy.

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