From Sucre we took a cab to Potosi. We arranged the driver via our airport taxi guy and after some bargaining via WhatsApp it was only a bit more expensive than the bus (but the bus took 2,5 hours longer). This gave us an opportunity again to speak some Spanish with the driver! In Potosi we stayed at La Casona Hostal. A budget option, but overall fine and with a great location at the main square.
Potosi used to be a very rich city because of the ‘Cerro Rico’; a mountain full of silver. The Spanish took full advantage of this during the colonial period (1545-1825), over the lives of about 8 million African slaves and indigenous Bolivians who died in the mines. Nowadays there are still a lot of miners working in really bad conditions to dig up tin, lead and other minerals. We learned about this and about the history of Potosi’s silver coins during our guided tour in Casa Nacional de Moneda.

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