Potosí is one of the highest cities in the world by elevation at a nominal 4,090 metres (13,420 ft) and it was the location of the Spanish colonial mint. The city lies at the foot of the Cerro de Potosí, a mountain popularly conceived of as being “made of” silver ore. The Cerro Rico is the reason for Potosí’s historical importance, since it was the major supply of silver for Spain during the period of the New World Spanish Empire. The silver was taken by llama and mule train to the Pacific coast, shipped north to Panama City, carried by mule train across the isthmus of Panama, where it was taken to Spain on the Spanish treasure fleets.
Photos taken December 2014 (Nikon D7000).
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