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Half-Day Potosí Active Mine Trip to Cerro Rico

Villa Imperial de Potosí, Bolivia
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Descend to the atmospheric depths of active mine, Cerro Rico, on a 3-hour private tour from Potosi. First, enjoy a brief sightseeing tour of Potosi — one of the world’s highest cities — before you visit a mining market to see tools and materials used by miners. Then, alongside your personal guide, you’ll observe the harsh working conditions that the mineral miners are subject to as you explore the galleries and chambers of Cerro Rico. Receive undivided attention from your guide on this private tour.
  • Private 3-hour tour of the Cerro Rico mine in Potosi
  • Embark on a sightseeing tour of Potosi, one of the highest cities in the world
  • Visit a traditional mining market to see the materials used by the miners
  • Descend to the chambers and see the harsh working conditions of the miners
  • Receive undivided attention on this private tour
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English-speaking guide
Gifts for the miners (can be purchased before going to the mine)
Suggested tip for the guide ($10 Bs)
Food and drinks

Departure Point

Ayacucho 11, Villa Imperial de Potosí, Bolivia

Return Details

Potosi, Bolivia
Greet your guide at a centrally located spot and embark on a short sightseeing tour of Potosi. At an altitude of 13,420 feet (4,090 meters), Potosi is one of the world’s highest cities and boasts a scattering of cultural monuments.

During a visit to the mining market, you’ll observe mining materials and be given to opportunity to buy small gifts — such as dynamite, alcohol and coca leaves — to give to the miners.

Don protective clothing and a lamp on arrival at the mine, and then descend to the subterranean depths of Cerro Rico. During the Spanish colonial rule, more than two billion ounces of silver was extracted from Cerro Rico, which translates as Rich Hill; as you explore the galleries and interior levels of the mine, you’ll listen to history rich commentary from your guide.

See the statues that miners pray to for protection; marvel at the chemical formation of mineral unique the Cerro Rico; and interact with miners as they go about their backbreaking work.

When your tour comes to a conclusion, return to your original departure point in Potosi.    
Stop At:  
Your trip will begin with a short sightseeing tour around Potosi and a stop at the Mining Market on your way up to "Cerro Rico". At the market you will be able to observe a wide range of materials and tools used by the miners in their daily jobs at the mine. Buy dynamite, alcohol and coca leaves to give as a present to the miners you will meet on your tour.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Cerro Rico
Shortly before arriving to the mines, you will make a stop at a small storage room where you will put on work pants, jacket, boots, helmet and lamp to go into the mine as a security measure. Inside them you can appreciate the system of miners’ work that has not suffered great changes after so much time of exploitation. The use of dynamite, air compressors and mechanical perforators have all been used in the mining process. Your tour will take you through the different galleries and levels of the mines where you can see statues that the miners have built to represent their gods, such as the Uncle of the Mine. You will be able to view the mineral veins that are a group of rocks and chemical formations of minerals in the mine and other formations unique to Cerro Rico. Interact with the local workers, give them a small present as a token of your appreciation for their hard work and observe the humbling work they do here through different methods that are carried out numerous times a day.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 7 years old
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Bamba Experience Inc

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