silver mine - potosí (bolivia) - 23 photos

The Candelaria mine is one of the oldest silver mines of Potosí, and it has been active for more than 200 years.­

But the rich silver ore veins are long gone, and the remaining ore contains less than 15% of silver and various other metals.­

Working in mines like this one is probably one of the worst job on earth.­ The air is thin because of the high altitude, and in the mine, the air is very bad, loaded with thick rock dust and chemical fumes from blasted dynamite.­ It is hot and cramped, the galleries are narrow, steep, dangerous, poorly maintained and often cave in.­ there is no electricity, no water, no ventilation, no safety or communication equipment, and most of the work is done with manual tools (picks, hammers, wheelbarrow).­

After spending a few hours in this mine, just walking around and taking photos, I was drained and I just wanted out.­

mine tunnel - bocamina - entrance - adit, adit, bocamina, cerro rico, door, entrance, gate, grid, man, masonry, mina candelaria, mine worker, miner, mining, potosí, rails, safety helmet, tunnel, vault, working
mine tunnel (potosí), adit, bocamina, cerro rico, entrance, man, masonry, mina candelaria, mine worker, miner, mining, potosí, rails, tunnel, vault
trolley in mine tunnel - potosi (bolivia), adit, beams, cerro rico, man, mina candelaria, mine worker, miner, mining, pipes, potosí, rails, safety helmet, tunnel, working
mine worker with drill, cerro rico, compressed air, drilling, fuses, fuzes, man, mina candelaria, mine worker, miner, mining, potosí, power drill, respirator, rubber boots, safety helmet, tunnel
miner hammering chisel to drill blasting hole, cerro rico, chisel, drilling, hammer, man, mina candelaria, mine worker, miner, mining, potosí, safety helmet, squatting, tunnel, working
miner grinding metal, cerro rico, cutting, grinder, grinding, man, metal, mina candelaria, mine worker, miner, mining, potosí, safety helmet, sparks, tunnel
miners - potosi (bolivia), cerro rico, man, mina candelaria, mine worker, miner, mining, potosí, safety helmet, tunnel, working
el tio - the spirit of the mine, altar, bottle, cerro rico, cigarette, el el, fork, horns, icon, mina candelaria, mine, mining, offerings, potosí, red, serpentine throws, spirit, tio, tunnel, tío el
el tio, altar, bottle, cerro rico, cigarette, el el, fork, horns, icon, mina candelaria, mine, mining, offerings, potosí, red, serpentine throws, spirit, tio, tunnel, tío el
potosi mine tunnels, adit, beams, cerro rico, men, mina candelaria, mine worker, miner, mining, pipes, potosí, rails, safety helmet, tunnel
trolley carrying ore out of the mine, adit, batteries, beams, cerro rico, electric, man, mina candelaria, mine worker, miner, mining, pipes, potosí, rails, safety helmet, trolley, tunnel, wood
mine trolley carrying the silver ore - potosi (bolivia), bins, cerro rico, man, mina candelaria, mine worker, miner, mining, ore, potosí, rails, safety helmet, trolley, working
potosi mine entrance - adit, adit, bocamina, cerro rico, door, entrance, gate, grid, masonry, mina candelaria, mine, mining, pipes, potosí, rails, tunnel, vault
silver mines on the cerro rico - potosi (bolivia), cerro rico, industrial, mining, silver mines
refining the sludge - ore processing plant - candelaria silver mine - potosi (bolivia), cerro rico, factory, machine, man, mina candelaria, mine, mining, ore processing plant, potosí, sludge, worker
sludge - ore processing plant - silver mine - potosi (bolivia), cerro rico, factory, machine, mina candelaria, mine, mining, ore processing plant, potosí, sludge
ore processing plant - potosi (bolivia), cerro rico, factory, machines, man, mina candelaria, mine worker, miner, mining, ore processing plant, potosí, safety helmet, sludge, workers
"use su equipo protector" safety sign - potosi (bolivia), cerro rico, hearts, kissing, man, mina candelaria, mine worker, miner, mining, potosí, safety equipment, safety helmet, safety sign
"para su proteccion uselos" - safety sign - potosi (bolivia), cerro rico, man, mina candelaria, mine worker, miner, mining, potosí, proteccion, safety sign
safety goggles sign - "protección de los ojos", cerro rico, man, mina candelaria, mine worker, miner, mining, potosí, safety goggles, safety sign
screw conveyor, auger, cerro rico, endless screw, factory, machines, mina candelaria, mine, mining, ore processing plant, potosí, screw conveyor
miner buying dynamite and ammonium nitrate (ANFO) at the corner store - potosi (bolivia), ammonium nitrate, anfo, blasting caps, cerro rico, dinabol, dynamite stick, explosive, fertilizer, flash lights, fuses, fuzes, man, mina candelaria, mine worker, miner, mining, potosí, safety helmet, sticks
dynamite sticks - potosi (bolivia), cerro rico, dinabol, dynamite sticks, explosive, flash light, man, mina candelaria, mine worker, miner, mining, potosí, safety helmet