Entrance of the old Spanish Mint in Potosí, Bolivia. Potosí is one of the highest cities in the world by elevation at a nominal 4,090 meters and it was the location of the Spanish colonial mint. The coinage minted during its period became so well known in the world that a saying, memorialized by Miguel de Cervantes came into use: valer un potosí, "to be worth a potosí" (that is, 'a fortune'). (V)
Inching down 'death road' near La Paz, Bolivia. (From the wonderful Pinterest board, "Latinoamerico.') Repinned by Elizabeth VanBuskirk, author of "Beyond the Stones of Machu Picchu," short stories about Inca life today, In Bolivia, the country next to Peru--across the large Lake Titicaca--you can also see the dramatic challenges of living in the high altitudes of the Andes Mountains.
Reed boats, Lake Titicaca, Bolivia. Totora reeds grow in South America, particularly around Lake Titicaca. These reeds have been used by various pre-Columbian South American civilizations to build reed boats. The boats, called balsa, vary in size from small fishing canoes to around 98 ft. long.