Cerro Rico, Potosi

4.3
#1 of 8 in Historic Sites in Potosi Department
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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  • with its colors and its history rich and one of the main attractions of the cerro potosi, the tour to see how you extract the minerals from this mountain you won't want to miss the tour cost is about 100 bob
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  • This mine has a huge amount of loose asbestos (causes lung cancer) inside which we weren't informed about beforehand. Dust masks do not protect against the loose Asbestos fibres.  more »
  • Quite an interesting place where you can go into operational mines. It's not dangerous (but a bit claustrophobic for the sensitive ones). The miners are attracted by decent wages to undertake this pro...  more »
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  • Iconic mountain with a dramatic history dominating the city centre. Lots of mines are still functioning these days: try to visit them with a local guide and buy some presents for the poor miners as an expression of respect, solidarity and interest
  • Must see in Bolivia. Great tour with lot of information. You can buy the respirator at miners market you don't have to buy overpriced scarf from your tour guide. Instead spend some extra bucks on the stuff for miners.
  • Visiting the mines is not a joke but it's such a strong experience and I believe shouldn't be missed while in Potosi.
  • Amazing mine tour. Dynamite cost 20 Bolivianos. Large soda cost 7 Bob. Air filter cost 200 BoB.
  • Mine tours are amazing. make sure you take masks with you. Therr is so much dust im the mines.
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