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Cerro Rico

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Address: Potosi, Bolivia
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+591 2 6231385

This silver mining site dates back to the Spanish colonial era.

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Half-Day Potosí Active Mine Trip to Cerro Rico
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The hill that financed the world

Visiting this hill and being able to enter some of its holes is an experience that you will never forget in your whole life. It has so much history, it will make you back in time... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
La Paz, Bolivia
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La Paz, Bolivia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Visiting this hill and being able to enter some of its holes is an experience that you will never forget in your whole life. It has so much history, it will make you back in time 500 years... and feel so much energy, that will make your visit unforgettable. The height and cold can sometimes affect you, but it's worth... More 

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Slavkov u Brna, Czech Republic
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I would recomend you: - to eat calapurca (traditional soup with a hot stone inside) - to vist a mines (big deal agency - local miner takes you to the tour) - to visit San Francisco church - there is a view point on the rooftop - to visit casa nacional de la moneda (interesting information about bolivian money) -... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Potosi is a small town with not much to do, but is worth a visit to see the mines. I was sceptical about going as I'm a bit claustrophobic but I am so glad I went. Our tour guide was one of the best I've had in my 2 months (so far) in South America. It was great to see... More 

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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

"Peruvian miners are sissies because they drink stuff that is only 60% alcohol. We can have 90% without a problem." Our Bolivian guide of the Big Deal company talking. An ex-miner is telling the story of Cerro Rico. He emphasized that the silver mines brought wealth and prosperity to Potosi and Bolivia. That the miners had strong bonds and their... More 

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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

On one side, it is something to see, and to learn from. It is part of the patrimonio of bolivia and of its main business sector, on the other hand it shows us that slavery , the one that existed in the past still exists. And the saddest is the the trabelling agencies use it to make money' they give... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016

The Spaniards got a lot of silver from Potosí, thanks to Cerro Rico. However, much of the silver is depleted, and cooperatives now work in the mines in dangerous and very unhealthy conditions. Most of the miners do not wear proper face-masks and succumb to silicosis after years in the mines. The trip is not for the faint-hearted, as the... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

I loved the mine tours. There's a number of different tour groups, and you can either book before you arrive or once you're in the city. The mountain has been mined for hundreds of years, and the tours take you down to see what it's like. It's a bit dangerous (because there's no safety precautions, and many groups are using... More 

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Cologne, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

I was sceptic about two aspects of the tour: how are the workers treated - how am i treated, esp. are there fall back / get out options if i feel that i want to get out? Reinald our guide had worked with his father in the mine. He took us responsibly through the mine, toghether with a second guide.... More 

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

The mine is not for all. Its certainly not comfortable and probably not a happy tour. I did this tour with Big Deal and Pedro was our guide: He is the great story teller. I learned a lot from him on his tour. The mine is the tour of South America; it is the tour of the gory past and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

We had an incredibly great, interesting and fun time on our tour. We were nervous about doing the tour because of the tight space but in the end, San Andres Tours and our guide (Orlando) made us feel completely safe, at ease and it was actually so much fun that we wanted to stay in the mine longer. We looked... More 

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