Miner's Carnival – Cerro Rico, Potosi, Bolivia

Mid February, a few weeks before the main Carnaval, Potosi hosts the miner’s carnival. This involves processions down from Cerro Rico to the town, lots of drinking, and lots of water fights. I got a taxi first thing in the morning up to the top of town, to the mine entrances, to photograph the day from the start. The miners were assembling at their co-operatives, and blessing a statue that they would then parade down the road, into Potosi and the town centre.

It all started off pretty well but when I tried to leave and head home I was absolutely battered by water bombs, it was like walking through the valley of death. With a hill of willing assailants on one side and a slope leading off downwards on the other side of the road, I had no chance, and being a ‘gringo’ was given extra special attention!

Cerro Rico, Potosi, Southern Altiplano, Bolivia

Cerro Rico, Potosi, Southern Altiplano, Bolivia

Cerro Rico, Potosi, Southern Altiplano, Bolivia

The Miners Carnival, Cerro Rico, Potosi, Southern Altiplano, Bolivia

The Miners Carnival, Cerro Rico, Potosi, Southern Altiplano, Bolivia

The Miners Carnival, Cerro Rico, Potosi, Southern Altiplano, Bolivia

The Miners Carnival, Cerro Rico, Potosi, Southern Altiplano, Bolivia

The Miners Carnival, Cerro Rico, Potosi, Southern Altiplano, Bolivia

The Miners Carnival, Cerro Rico, Potosi, Southern Altiplano, Bolivia

The Miners Carnival, Cerro Rico, Potosi, Southern Altiplano, Bolivia

The Miners Carnival, Cerro Rico, Potosi, Southern Altiplano, Bolivia

The Miners Carnival, Cerro Rico, Potosi, Southern Altiplano, Bolivia

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