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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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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
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, they are willing to answer and discuss your doubts. We did it with Big deal tours which was a good company because the guides are ex miners (what we thought was a good idea, even it was not the cheapest, but good guides in english and spanish) They didn't force us to do the tour and gave us time to decide. Keep in mind, the shafts are narrow and it is demanding. Think about if you have claustrophobic issues. We spent approx 2 hours inside the mine. The mine is on approx 4200m. Overall, it was impressive and good we could hand over some gifts to the miners, but it's also demanding (physically and think about voyeurism). Do research well before taking a decision.