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Cerro Rico

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Address: Aycucho # 19 | CASA DE LA MONEDA AL FRENTE, Potosi, Bolivia
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+591 2 6231385
08:00 - 20:00
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This silver mining site dates back to the Spanish colonial era.

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Half-Day Potosí Active Mine Trip to Cerro Rico
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This is a working mine but you can visit here on a tour. I used Koala tours and I would recommend them as the staff were helpful with good English. The tour guide was a former... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Robert C
Dublin, Ireland
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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a working mine but you can visit here on a tour. I used Koala tours and I would recommend them as the staff were helpful with good English. The tour guide was a former worker in the mine so he knew a lot people working there which really helped for talking to the miners and getting their stories.... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We have visited the mines with Greengo Tours. Julio, the owner, is very experienced and puts your safety first. I was positively surprised that he offered to come with us even though we were his only clients on that day. In fact, we were offered a private tour for the same price (130 Bol p.p). We saw groups that counted... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I'm sure I'm not the only person with ethical reservations about taking a tour into the Cerro Rico mines. My only advice to anyone considering it is that cheaper definitely isn't better, as is the case with most tours in Bolivia. A friend of mine took a cheap tour and came back completely traumatised by what he called an "unsafe"... More 

Thank Mary M
Wilmette, Illinois
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

With Greengo tours we felt like we weren't just seeing other people's suffering like a watching circus show (which friends of mine said they experienced). The tour was extremely respectful of the miners who you could tell really appreciated Greengo being so respectful because they would talk with us and were more than happy to answer our questions. Plus you... More 

Thank Alex S
Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed 11 April 2017

Had an amazing day in Potosi visiting the mine at Cerro Rioc. Where else would you be buying explosives and pure alcohol to offer to a God! Dressed in jump suits you get to go deep into the mine and witness the incredible cramped conditions the miners work in, see the Machimon Statues with cigarettes, flowers and alcohol offers festooned... More 

Thank Bozeman-Dublin
North Berwick
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5 reviews
Reviewed 26 March 2017 via mobile

150 Bolivianos well spent. Extensive tour by ex-miners, including a visit to a finery. More than four hours. Enthusiastic guides, explaining everything well. Spanish and English.

Thank Wendy G
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Reviewed 23 March 2017

The tour to the Silver Mine using Big Deal Tours was fantastic, highly recommend. Not for faint hearted though !!!

Thank nicola r
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Reviewed 15 March 2017 via mobile

I went with an agency called Big Deal, it was a little bit more expensive than other agencies but totally worth it: the guide was so funny, spoke very good english and as he's an ex miner, he knows everything and everybody, unfortunately I forget his name. So we visited the miners market to buy gifts to the miners, I... More 

Thank Julie C
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Reviewed 26 January 2017

Due to my 6-months stay in Potosi, I have entered the mines twice. One time with Big Deal Tours and the second one with Koala Tours. What's the difference? First, I liked both tours, good guides (ex-miners), good equipment, good information and I didn't feel unsafe. Big Deal is more expensive (Bs. 150) whereas Koala costs Bs. 120 and Bs.... More 

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Reviewed 25 January 2017 via mobile

This was my second visit to the mines. Not much has changed, except for that the number of miners in Cerro Rico has been reduced from 10 000 to 5000 a day, in 8 years, due to international mineral prices. The work in the mines is primitive, and so is the equipment you get to do this tour. The guide... More 

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