What Gave Fame to Bolivia
The lighting featured in this quite open shot of is what many people, especially in the Americas, associate with places like Bolivia. Rustic aesthetic that even the sun has to abide by. This travel souvenir from Bolivia depicts one of the places by which the country was known for centuries as the territories of the white king.
The Truth About Cerro Rico
In English Cerro Rico means Rich Mount, and it is no wonder as in Spanish colonial times it was extremely rich in silver. The majority of this precious metal that was shipped to Europe had been extracted from Cerro Rico. The original name for the mount was Sumaq Urqu, a Quechua word that means beautiful mount.
Nowadays, travelers are allowed to visit the biggest mine inside Cerro Rico. An elevator takes them down to 240 meters bellow the surface.
Inside, as the travelers breathe the air and experience temperatures of around 45 C, they can get a taste of what working in these depths entailed in the past. Pailavini is the only mine in Cerro Rico still working. In colonial times, Potosi, the city laying by the mount, was the most important mining and commercial city of the whole region. For this reason, it was also known as the Imperial Village of Potosi. Also, it was one of America's most populated cities of the time. However, work in the mines was life threatening due to the long hours of extenuating labour and the the extremely hard working conditions that indigenous people endured under the Mita system, which turned out to be another way of slavery. All in all, this is a great travel souvenir to take back home.