"Potosi and the Fabled Mountain of Silver" Top 5 Page for this destination Potosí by AlbuqRay
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Potosi was one of the largest, richest cities in the world in the 1600's, all because of Cerro Rico. It was a mountain rich with silver and tin. It was 5165 m then but now is 4830 m due to centuries of mining. The legend says the riches were discovered when a shepherd built a campfire one night and liquid silver ran out from under it. Now silver and tin are hard to find. Although the legacy of colonial architecture remains in Potosi, so do polluted rivers, barren slopes and miners struggling to make a living. For more information on Potosi, see also my Bolivia travelogue, It Was One of the World's Great Cities.
- Pros:Can view art and architecture from a colonial past
- Cons:High altitude and steep streets
- In a nutshell:Historical treasures but poor people still exploited
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