Crossed the border from Chile into Bolivia on the 11.06.15. UK nationals get thirty days on entry, however there is no charge for an extension down at the immigration office. Three days were spent on crossing the ” Alto Plano” then a two day layover at Uyuni before getting to the Eucalyptus Hostel here in Potosi. Laying claim to be one of the highest cities in the world at 4090m. (13,420ft.).

Founded by the Spanish on 01.05.1545 Potosi’s claim to fame lay in the huge quantities of silver mined from “Cerro Rico” a largish mountain which dominates the area. It is now designated a UNESCO world heritage site.

"How come I'm always cleaning up after you two geezers"?

“How come I’m always cleaning up after you two geezers”?

The deposits within this mountain have been in demand since C16.

The deposits within this mountain have been in demand since C16.

q=tbn:ANd9GcT1xQybYBCaFhRKWQodEksTMT5oSGpAe9gBzD5MPQxZc_zST7By”The Cerro Rico is the reason for Potosí’s historical importance, since it was the major supply of silver for Spain during the period of the New World Spanish Empire.The silver was taken by llama and mule train to the Pacific coast, shipped north to Panama City, carried by mule train across the isthmus of Panama to Nombre de Dios or Portobelo whence it was taken to Spain on the Spanish treasure fleets.”[Wikipedia]

Saturday 20.06.15 Went into the Potosi Heritage Museum yesterday for a guided tour of the development of Potosi from a provincial backwater through to the bonanza of silver mining by the Spaniards then followed the period of atrophy and subsequent development as a tourism centre.

It really is pleasurable, sitting in the municipal gardens in the afternoon sunshine where old, young, families and youths gather and interact in an atmosphere of easy association.