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Cerro Rico, Potosi

#1 of 8 in Historic Sites in Potosi Department
Must see · Historic Site · Mine
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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  • My first time going to the Southernmost community in the Americas [turn around point: Puerto WilliamsCHILE] was incorporated into my overall “Tierra del Fuego” odyssey, which began when my wife...  more »
  • Went with three others with Turismo Claudia. Julio was our guide. He was energetic and entertaining. His English skill quite adequate. The mine segment a real challenge. Highly recommended.  more »
  • Breathtaking place. There you learn a bit on how the European exploration of the minerals in South America just produced misery and poverty for the locals. You avoid this place (at least the labyrinth visit) if you are claustrophobic.
  • Very eye-opening experience to take a tour here. Astonished how miners work the same way as they did hundreds of years ago. Koala tours is recommended as they are a responsible agency.

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