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Cerro Rico, Potosi
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Receive an inside look into the world of miners as you tour through the active mine at Cerro Rico. The mine, built during the Spanish Empire in the New World, has been working for more than 500 years. Originally, so much silver came from the mountain that people began to say it was made of the metal. Now take a tour through the mine with a guide who can bring the everyday miners’ life to you in an exciting way. Make Cerro Rico part of your personalized Potosi itinerary using our Potosi vacation trip planner.
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  • The mines of Potosí are the biggest attraction of the city and if you can not miss them escape. There are many agencies that organize tours: you go to the market, where you buy coca leaves, soft drinks or dynamite to bring as a gift to the miners. Then you visit their village and the factory, where the silver and then you go into the mine. In the Cerro Rico were carved out more than a dozen different mines and each agency run by ex-miners will visit the mine where they worked. (We turned to an agency contacted from our hostel, Casa Blanca, we paid 90Bs per person and we had a great time) Down in the mines is very exciting. You dive in extreme working conditions of miners and meet the different sculptures of their divinity: a real lesson in history and local culture. But it is also very complex: many tunnels are narrow, some stairs to cross various levels may not be very secure and the dust, along with the thin air due to the altitude, not facilitate breathing. In any case, generally to accompany the group there is always more than one person, so that if someone were to feel badly or not want to continue, may be accompanied on the outside but continue to visit for the entire group. I also remember that on Sunday the miners don't work and it's always possible, but more difficult, to visit the mines. So if you're looking for a tour that organize a visit you might want to move a few days in advance.
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  • 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 th...  more »
  • Stage almost mandatory if you stop in Potosi for at least 2 g to see and understand how to work a large proportion of workers in this region. The tour (although in my opinion a bit too expensive for the average boliviana) is quite interesting and makes you realize how really hard (and short) the lives of these workers who earn a figure around 200 euros per month working in the dark inside the mountain and with all the various dangers for 12 hours a day (20 hours when they do a double shift) ... If you are claustrophobic and don't want to get your hands dirty avoid this tour in otherwise it is well worth a visit.
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  • Excellent service and very reasonable price. The rooms are very comfortable and the exact point of comfort heating
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  • Very good
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  • I am very satisfied with the service they provide. One feels at home. If at some point return to Potosí. Surely I will go to stay at the HOSTAL CERRO RICO *
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  • Very good service, the couple who treats the hotel is attentive and gracious, rooms comfortable and clean, the hotel is quaint and highly recommended.
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