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Hot spring chill out in Bolivia

Potosi completely surprised me. After days of enjoying remote nature in Southern Bolivia, I only planned on passing through the highest city in the world on the way to somewhere else. Most people visit Potosi to do a Mine Tour, but crawling underground in the dark, watching people shorten their life expectancy digging for silver, in horrible human conditions, didn’t appeal to me at all.  What I found above ground was a colourful village atmosphere with great food and an idyllic hot spring nearby.

With my two new travelling buddies, Cass and Nicky, we wandered the hilly streets, catching our breath at cafes and tasty street food stalls. We’d heard about a natural hot spring called El Ojo del Incas or The Incas eye, half an hour from Potosi at Tarapaya, and not very popular with tourists. Perfect.

After resting up and eating our way through some altitude tiredness we set out for the hot spring. For about $5 each, or 40 Bolivianos, we grabbed a return taxi, half an hour out  of Potosi through a spectacular gorge, straight to El Ojo.  Our taxi driver kindly waited for a couple of hours while we indulged. You can also get there by bus from Potosi for 4 Bolivianos and then walk 45 minutes up a hill, but at high altitude and a cruisy taxi option we where feeling lazy.

It was with childlike excitement that we arrived, immediately realising that we where the only people there, besides a Chilean couple camping overnight. The thermal spring sits on the top of a volcano and apparently has some heavyweight healing properties. We didn’t care, it was cold and we where standing in front of a giant outdoor bath.

At 22 metres deep and deliciously hot, we launched ourselves in to the steamy water for the afternoon; groaning and giggling like kids that had been given the whole cake. The extra bonus being a natural mineral mud supply with an incredible view of the surrounding rocky mountains. I’m just not sure about the healing mineral properties, it’s over 12 hours since the mud came off my face and my skin still feels like it’s burning.

The only stress post soak was fighting the urge for a siesta and not being able to find a hammock to fulfill our whims!

Kris

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