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Cerro Rico

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Address: Potosi, Bolivia
Phone Number: +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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If you come to Potosi - You must see the mines!

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Amanda C
Ottawa, Canada
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Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago 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 4 weeks ago

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 

Thank AlienTraveller1978
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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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Edmonton, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

Our tour group was going into one of the many, many mines that pierce the mountain. My wife and I didn't think the safety record of mines was that great so decided to explore the mountain from the surface instead. You might be interested in a trip across Bolivia see our not for profit blog havecarryonwilltravel.com. We didn't get far... More 

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Zurich, Switzerland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

Don't miss visiting the mines if you go to Potosi. Choose Koala Tours as a suitable company, they have great guides. Please read my review for Koala for some more ideas about a great tour and the best guiding!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

Mining is the main attraction of Potosi. Therefore heading into the mines seems like a great idea. On reading reviews from multiple tour companies there was mixed reviews about safety concerns and treatment of the miners. Koala tours is run by ex-miners. We were lucky enough to have a tour guide Daniel who gave pur tour in english. As an... More 

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Milan, Italy
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

We visited the mine and the experience was quite shocking, especially if you consider the working conditions that seems to have not changed very much from the spanish time!

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Stafford, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

It is such a unique experience to go inside the mines in this mountain. The history is sad but you come away with a respect for the many who work in the mountain. Incredibly challenging conditions, strong people.

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