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The mines of Potosi

Log Book - Bolivia

It is impossible to go to Potosi without visiting the mines of the area. We went to these mines to discover the work conditions of the Bolivian miners.

In the mines of Cerro Rico, the work is done in a old tradition. The miners extract silver or zinc with a pick. There is a variation of temperature very imressive: from 0 to 45 degrees celsius within a few minutes. Inside the mines, the atmosphere is more and more difficult to support, there is less oxygene and the dirt cuts our breath.

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Ready for a walk in the mine..

 

We walked during two hours in the mines. The tour was not easy to do: we went to several small and muddy tunnels, where we went through hot areas and then cold areas. We crossed a lot of troleys plenty of ores towed by four miners (we had to clear the way quickly for the workers of the mine).

 

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This is the god of the mine which protects the miners and brings them a goof production.

 

We met a few miners. They told us they were happy and proud to work as miners, like their father and grand-father. It was a big surprise for us to see that they were satisfied of their work because their work conditions seemed to be so tough. They live up to 35 - 40 years old, they are often alcoholic (they drink alcool up to 96% to give them power and courage) and they often are sick after 15 years spent in the mine.

 

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2 miners which are going out the mine to bring their production.

 

This walk in the mine was very touching because we saw the sad reality of the life of a Bolivian miner.

 

Comments (5)
  • CHAN-CHAN  - UN VENT DE TRISTESSE
    Coucou,

    Je viens de lire et de voir vos photos sur les mineurs c'est vrai que cela fait
    froid dans le dos et tout d'un coup on est triste, mais aussi cela nous permet
    de nous rendre compte que nous n'avons pas à nous plaindre de nos
    conditions.Merci de nous remettre dans la réalité et de nous permettre de voir
    que la vie est vraiment dure dans certains pays.



    Je dédie mon commentaire à ces personnes qui travaillent dans ces mines.



    Bisous a vous deux

    CHAN-CHAN







    Chan-chan
  • Anonymous
    Vos photos et celles de viva america sont...SUPERBES !! l'effet perspective
    tellement réussi !! vivement votre expo pour qu'on se fasse un book !!
    je pense à vous.......fort!!!!!
  • sarah
    quelle aventure , les photos sont très belles et même extraordinaire et puis le
    lama il est très bavard et les routes pleines d'eau c'est trop beau bon ba bisou
    Maxime et Delphine je vous embrasse très fort.
  • Geraldine  - EXCELLENT !!!!
    Coucou les Jeunes !!

    Ravie de lire que tout continue de bien se passer et surtout de partager ces
    merveilleuses aventures !!!!
    J'ai toujours voulu voir cette fameuse mer de sel !!! Vous avez vraiment pris
    des photos magnifiques !!
    On attend avec impatience la suite de vos aventures avec vos articles et photos
    !!!

    Pleins de gros bisous les loulous !
    Geraldine et Fred
  • PADDY  - Indiana Jones
    Salut les miniers d'un jour!
    Avez-vous vu des paillettes ou quelques traces de minerais précieux?
    Quant aux conditions de travail, je n'ose imaginer, ou plutôt, on redécouvre
    grâce à votre visite.
    Encore un grand souvenir qui restera dans vos mémoires.
    Bisous
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