Bolivia opened a tourist route by Andean mines including old trains and tools, and statues “The uncle”, evil-looking deity revered by miners.
The Ministry of Culture said in a statement that just opened this tourist circuit called “By Caminos del Tío” in the department of Oruro, in western Bolivia, historic mining tradition.
Six municipalities have joined forces to promote the history of this centennial economic activity, developed by native peoples, Spanish colonizers and then Creoles entrepreneurs and the state itself, in tin deposits, zinc, silver and gold.
The route includes the sample of equipment were used to process the ore, Disused steam trains and a visit to Posokoni, one of the richest in the region and even under mining activity by the Bolivian State.
There are two mining centers in plaster images “The uncle”, the deity worshiped workers to enable them to extract the mineral and protect.
Until today, figure “The uncle” It is at the entrance of each underground mine in Bolivia and in her ceremonies are to place their feet coca leaves, wine or alcohol.
“Uncle is a deity of culture and tradition mining in Bolivia. It is considered the god of the underworld himself who is revered by the miners before entering or making mining”, Ministry recalled.
The circuit also includes visits to “chullpares”, pre-Inca burial towers of wealthy families or people from the dominant caste.
The route offers “precolonial archaeological sites, colonial and republican, in the area there is plenty of infrastructure to exploit tourism”.