Cerro Rico, Potosi

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#1 of 7 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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  • October 4, 2017
    We booked our tour though Big Deal tours. They are slightly more expensive at 150 Bob but I think it is worth it. Our guide Wilson is an ex miner and full of information. He shared many facts with us ...  more »
  • September 26, 2017
    We met the mines of Cerro Rico with Koala Tours (highly recommended) your guide was very attentive and friendly. The tour itself, is not for everyone: you walk in bad position long, hard to breathe inside and there are dangerous paths and ledges. If you like adventure and history, it is an excellent place for you to visit.
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  • September 21, 2017
    We did the tour with Johnny English, former miner. The visit in the undergrounds lasted about 1 h 45. We went down several levels, this is not the case with all the guides. The course is not easy, there are passages to the limit of safety, really limit... Minors are rather happy seeing tourists. Big human experience.
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  • September 30, 2015
    Excellent service and very reasonable price. The rooms are very comfortable and the exact point of comfort heating
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  • October 29, 2013
    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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  • May 22, 2015
    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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  • November 26, 2014
    Very good
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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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