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Cerro Rico

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This silver mining site dates back to the Spanish colonial era.
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Aycucho # 19 | entre calles Bolívar y Frías, Potosi, Bolivia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

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.

Thank Donall81
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

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 professionally- given the extreme health repercussions. It'll be helpful if you know Spanish...More

Thank udai113
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

we hired a private guide for 100B each. there were 3 of us and two guides. one leads, one follows. we were given gear, boots, pants and jackets and helmet w light. and we requested facemasks. they drove us to mine. we saw two miners...More

Thank Karen M
Reviewed 17 September 2018

Big deal tours is epic. The guide Wilson, slightly crazy - put dynamite in his mouth - but was fantastic at giving us an insight into the way the miners think, and see the mine. It's very easy to be blinded by the perspective that...More

2  Thank Clunnon207
Reviewed 29 August 2018 via mobile

Cerro Rico is the richest hill probably in the world. Millions of dollars worth of silver and other precious metals have been extracted for nearly 500 years. The Hill has actually shrunk in height and changed shape due to so much ore being extracted. You...More

Thank Sus1952
Reviewed 29 July 2018

The shocking part of this tour was seeing the working miners going in and out of the mine while our tour group was going through it. There is an entrance at ground level and we went in single file from ground level (not underground). Miners...More

1  Thank Usia2014
Reviewed 15 June 2018 via mobile

If you're looking for an authentic and ethical mine tour definitely go with Greengo tours (also listed in loney planet guide). Julio is an ex miner that is passionate about Potosi and supporting the mining community. Cost is worth 130 bolivianos per person with a...More

Thank 74merril
Reviewed 3 May 2018 via mobile

Today I visited the mines with four friends and a guide from Marco Polo tours. Our guide was an ex-miner and he knew a lot about the mines, the mineworkers and its traditions. The tour was about three hours and very impressive and interesting. To...More

1  Thank Marian R
Reviewed 26 April 2018 via mobile

Excellent tour with Koala Tours (120 Bolivianos) who provide wellies, overalls, helmet and head torch but most importantly an authentic trip into a real working part of the mine! Stop on the way to buy either dynamite, drinks or coca leaves to give to some...More

Thank Chrisp140391
Reviewed 16 April 2018 via mobile

We did the Mining tour with Koala tours for 120 BOBs. The price is probably slightly higher than other agencies but it was quite convinient for us to book the tour directly at the hostel. The price includes the tour itself, transportation, boots, overall, helmet...More

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Response from rapha_y_nici | Reviewed this property |
According to the information we got at the tour operators office and we read in travel guides it's only possible to visit the mine with a guide. Do the research carefully in advance and ask your questions at the tour office... More
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