Showing posts from August, 2012

Sucre to Santa Cruz... Dirt, Sand and a Slight Delay

From Sucre I planned to travel to Santa Cruz.

I had a friend named Dave that was going to be visiting Santa Cruz and he was bringing me some parts for my bike.

I set off from Sucre along the asphalt highway.

Outside of a town called Acquile, I ran into a local motorcyclist pulled over on the side of the road. I stopped to see if he needed assistance. He said that he was just changing his oil. I said great. He inquired as to where I was headed. I said Santa Cruz. He said that he was going to Santa Cruz too and that we should ride together. He seemed pretty eager. I said okay and we headed off.

He was riding a 125cc Leopard motorcycle. Like many riders in Bolivia he did not wear a helmet or protective gear, but because it was cold he was wearing a jacket and ski mask.
At first I was afraid that he would not be able to keep up with me and my bike, so I let him lead. 
Well, just outside of the town the road turned to dirt, then to sand, so we both slowed down. It was tricky riding. I did…

Museo de Etnografía y Folklore Mascaras

I visited the Museo de Etnografía y Folklore (Museum of Etnographia and Folklore) in Sucre. 

There was an amazing collection of ceremonial masks.

Sucre and Bolivian Art

From Potosi I traveled to Sucre.

Sucre is a pleasant town with a nice climate, colonial architecture, cheerful parks, good restaurants and some art.

Location:Sucre, Bolivia

Inside a Potosi, Bolivian Mine... From the Sublime to the Subterranean

I went from the sublime to the subterranean. I traveled from the bliss of the Salar de Uyuni to the gritty mining town of Potosi. The town is known as being one of the highest cities in the world at 13,420 feet (4090 meters) and for the production of silver extracted from the mines in the area.

And the thing to do in Potosi... is to go visit a mine.
I saw the mines as I approached the city. I signed up for a mine tour and was equipped with a vintage Beastie Boys outfit.
As part of the tour, I visited a mining store. It is like a convenience store for miners to pick up supplies for their work... like gear, tools, water...
and dynamite.
That's right... one can walk off the street and into one of these stores and pick up a stick of dynamite.
My guide showed me how to connect a fuse and add a bag of common fertilizer to add a bigger bag for my buck.
I then went to the miner market where I could pick up some grain alcohol to drink and some coco leaves to chew. These are actually thing…