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. Put Cerro Rico on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Potosi road trip site .
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  • We changed our very long, whether we want to do the tour in the mines (also on the entry from Markus K and you should at least have read if you let it). We ultimately, however, decided - for the reasons that calls Markus, and also because the tour operator that appears on the every morning in the koala and there pick up the people, made a very unpleasant impression during the short conversation. In addition to all tangible arguments that speak against such a tour, we had also just a good feeling for the types. We went but the local buses to the Cerro Rico and covered on their own, also on the mercado de los mineros. Locally, we were personally very glad that we had to look at the mines and their inputs only from the outside. Perhaps we're just cowards - but seen as passionate mountain walkers also from outside immediately, that this mountain is absolutely sick. The saddest place I was in my whole life. I have no Ahnnung of mining but also a layman, you could see from above how much truth behind Markus warning and so we can only underline it. The mountain will eventually collapse in itself. Probably not alone in a day, if you want to believe the testimony of a Minenarbeiters in a German magazine article but gradually - and in this way people die again (at some point it hit maybe a group of tourists). Earlier (we have the alleged limits of 4400 meters migrated, where officially no longer is - mined the still existing (and who knows whether really set out lame) roads are all few meters deep cracks.) There are disused, very old mine entrances every few meters - the mountain is an Ameiesenhaufen and shrinks allegedly per year to 2 to 3 metres. Therefore, it is probably already dangerous there just to go, which is why we would recommend our tour not to imitate. Hopefully, Potosi eventually finds another revenue source...
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  • I did a tour with Potochij Tours. Our guide was an ex-miner and explained a lot. Some sections were narrow or low, but never needed to climb on hands and feet. Went on a monday and met some miners as ...  more »
  • We did the tour with Koala tour (the Agency of the hostels Koala the) made. We have stayed at the Koala the hostel and there morning asking about the tour in the mines. We could seek us out if we want to do the tour in English or Spanish. However, I don't know whether that is possible or depends on how many people ever take part. The tour went off about 8:45 and lasted about five hours. We have paid each 120 bolivianos. About 20 bolivianos are also extra for gifts for the Mineros (mining workers) that you buy on the market of the Mineros. Our tour was as follows: we were by our two guides (a guide for the Spanish tour, one for the English tour) met at the hostel, ran to the great Plaza, where we met and got on a bus to the other participants of the tour. This bus took US first to a courtyard, where we were clothed with jackets, pants, boots, helmets and lamps. Then it went on the Mercado of the Mineros and after that we went to the Cerro Rico. What makes the Koala tours so special the is that the Agency directly with a cooperative together works. So visit the nib of a cooperative. This mine is visited the only on the tours of Koala. The Mineros of this cooperative received a share of the profits. About four people come to a guide. As a result I've felt very safe. We divided us into groups and off went the leadership. I made them in English. Our guide was called Ronald and myself worked in the Cerro Rico. He knew himself well, could explain everything and spoke good English. Mainly, we kraxelten through the mine. We made but also a few breaks such as just the devil figure of "Tío". We met more often on Mineros and could watch them so to speak live at work and give our presents itself, inasmuch as we wanted to. Sometimes we crawled on our tour even 1 metre above the ground or climbed up the shafts and down. You had to do with however such passages, if it not probably felt it. I can recommend this tour to everyone! My girlfriend has made the tour in Spanish and she was also very good.
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  • Very cosy
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  • Good attention, wouldn't hesitate to return
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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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  • 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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Because of protection from overdevelopment by UNESCO, you won't find many high-rise, newly built hotels within Potosi's city limits. Instead, visitors can choose from a good selection of colonial-era buildings housing charming hotels and welcoming guesthouses. Generally speaking, look to the south end of the center for more budget-friendly options, with little guesthouses located on residential side streets. By contrast, the more spacious area surrounding the train station has the majority of the grander hotels, set on impressive boulevards and overlooking central plazas.
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