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"Markets in Potosí" Top 5 Page for this destination Potosí Things to Do Tip by lotharlerch

Potosí Things to Do: 52 reviews and 88 photos

by lotharlerch
  • Markets in Potosí - Potosí
  • Coca but no Cola - Potosí
      Coca but no Cola
    by lotharlerch

Wherever I am traveling I try to see the one or other market. The markets here cover - as everywhere - the needs for food of the locals but here exist some specific needs. To chew coca is very common here and has traditions reading back millennia into the past. On the second pic you see a scene from the small miners market just below the mines of the Cerro Rico. The lady is selling coca to the miners. It helps against the soroche, the high altitude sickness and can even keep the appetite back. I tried it myself as well and have to confess that the taste was not bad but I did not feel much else. It was in my mouth like after the anesthetic injection you get from the dentist.

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  • Updated Nov 2, 2011
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