We left Oruro pretty early after another basic yogurt and banana breakfast, heading south through the alto plana of central Bolivia, huge flats with pampas grass, a few lamas, the odd little village and little else. Good roads made for good time as we cruise towards Potosi. Big sky country And my first pics of some lamas, we've seen loads but I keep forgetting to get a few snaps, here they are just wandering around in big groups, no fences and no shepherds, but strangely, also no dead lamas along the side of the roads, whereas there a quite a few dead dogs and cats along the same road. Maybe they eat the lamas that are hit my trucks and cars? As we get nearer to Potosi, the road becomes a little more interesting with some nice curves as we head back into the hills. Potosi is a UNESCO world heritage city and is full of historic colonial Spanish buildings, it was once the most populated city in all the Americas due to the silver mine in the mountain directly behind the city, reputedly the richest mountain in the world. The Spanish killed an estimated 7 million local indigenous and African slaves in the silver mines here !! A true travesty in their history! So much silver was taken back to Spain that it caused massive deflation there and led to an economic crisis - too much silver, go figure.... After we settle into an OK hotel near the town square and go for a wander around we come across the religious parade, with bands and people carrying effigies of one of their saints, the locals on the balconies over the street then threw confetti and glitter over the saint, it was quite a spectacle and cool to see. After a night a sh1tty hotel in Oruro with a terrible bed and a long days' riding my back is killing me, so I spend the next day lying down with some pain meds whilst Steve goes and does a mine tour of the Cerro Rico silver mine - which is now mostly out of silver and mined for tin, copper and lead. The working conditions there are still atrocious with few miners being able to work there for more than 15 years before dying of silicosis or accidental death. Check out @XR Valdeez thread for more details and pics of the mine. Today we aim to go and see a famous museum here which also houses the mint where the Spanish minted the silver they stole here into Spanish coins to ship back home, the plan for tomorrow is to head South towards Uyuni and the famous Bolivian salt flats which we have both been looking forward to.