Dive into Bolivia's colonial past in Potosi, Sucre and Tarabuco
Potosí, Sucre and Tarabuco, three names evocative of Bolivia's rich colonial past. Three cities with different destinies.
Potosi was the most populous city in the world at the peak of its prosperity, when silver was extracted from the bowels of the "Cerro Rico" mines to feed 16th century European capitalism. Today, work in the underground galleries goes on much as it did in the past; to go there means entering a world rich in miners’ traditions, approaching their strange relationship with the coca leaf and the "Tio" (the figure that rules the underground world).
A stop in Potosi is an immersion into Eduardo Galeano's historical text Open veins of Latin America, which tells of the pillaging of the South American continent that began in Bolivia.
Sucre the white city
The first capital of Bolivia, Sucre today looks like a quiet provincial city. Its architectural wealth is unequalled; here, no skyscraper disturbs the harmony of the sun-bleached stones, nor the careful zigzag of the red rooftops, nor the clear, sober lines of the city’s many bell-towers.
The market of Tarabuco
65 km from Sucre, the town of Tarabuco was founded to prevent expeditions of the Chiriguanos Indians coming from the south. Today it is known for its artisanal market, one of the most typical of the continent, and for its inhabitants who have preserved their traditional style of dress as well as the fineness of face and tall stature particular to their people
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