At the market you'll find the tools and materials that miners use every day, and you can buy dynamite, alcohol and coca leaves to give as presents to the miners. Shortly before dropping down into the mines, you'll make a stop at a small storage room to don work pants, a jacket, boots, helmet, as well as a lamp for security.
These mines are all located in the heart of Potosí's historical Cerro Rico—a place that translates as "Hill of Riches," considering over two billion ounces of silver have been extracted. The work in the mines is hard, however, and the process today is still much the same as it was when the mines were founded. Hear the tales of dynamite explosions and air compressors beneath ground, and tour the different galleries and levels throughout the mine's maze-like interior.
Since the subterranean work is dangerous, you'll also see the small statues where miners pray for protection, as well as the interesting mineral veins and chemical formations in the rocks. Perhaps most humbling is having the chance to talk with the miners themselves, and offer them gifts as a small token of your appreciation for their work.
At the end of the tour you are driven back to the departure point in Potosi.
Morning Departure 9 AM
Departs at 9:00am.
Afternoon Departure 2 PM
Departs at 2:00pm.
Cerro Rico mine in Potosi
- Entrance to the mine
- Private tour with English speaking guide
- Gifts for the Miners (can be purchased before going to the mine)
- Gratuities (optional)
- Meals & Drinks
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Minimum age is 7 years old