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.
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.