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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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  • A tour in the mine is a must in Potosí and also we ventured remind us. It was definitely interesting and a special experience, but Nice was not; It was hot and dusty, and by the height and lack of oxygen was the climbing and crawling with moments quite intense (and not in a pleasant way unfortunately). Nice to see the miners to work; they are very cheerful and make constant jokes.
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  • It was really nice to meet the location. Don't nominate for who doesn't like stuffy place why is very claustrophobic. The working condition is deplorable and serves to reflect a bit about life (employment of 60 tour bol)
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  • The Cerro Rico is an awesome place. There is a kind of tension there that is could qualify of dramatic. On the one hand by the story. The visit to Potosi is a review of the history of Spain, with contrails of its splendor but above all by the legacy of misery which is seen everywhere. On the other hand is the issue of it security. Would that thinking is very well the visit to the mine. All hotels and agencies offer a tour for less money. I did it, was interesting, but would never happen to mine. Which is created that it is a kind of show, with mine included poor is wrong. It is true that you "dress up" but the team is forced. The mine in its interior is bad, them boots of rubber are necessary because there are parts of the tour that are flooded and the water you arrives to them ankles. As for the town, it is again essential since it takes the lamp, the only light in a dark overall, apart from being the only protection of the head site. Because the risk of landslides is high. The miners are really working. Frequently there to retreat into narrow galleries when they arrive by dragging their heavy carts. They are young and skinny, many of them have red eyes. Because they drink what is called "Drinking Alcohol of 96 degrees". I also saw several with what looked like a swollen cheek or a Phlegmon. In reality they are chewing coca and typically make the crushed one side of the mouth. Another topic is that the miners are poor men forced to live in conditions of near slavery. It is not. It is a lucrative job. Be the hardest job in the world, makes them proud. Why they refuse to leave the mine. Why they regret the closing of mines for reasons of security or profitability. In any case, the mine is very insecure. It is now managed by cooperatives of workers, without engineers, no experts. Anyone can buy explosives. The mountain has dropped several inches in recent years. Some analysis of specialized institutions warn of the danger of collapse in the coming years. But everything remains equal to two hundred years ago. It seems the story of a disaster foretold, the inevitable collapse with all those who are inside: miners and tourists.
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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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