Half-Day Potosí Active Mine Trip To Cerro Rico - Potosi

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Duration: 3 Hrs 30 Mins
  • Language:
  • Departure Time :
    9am or 2pm
  • Departure Details :
    Ayacucho 11, Villa Imperial de Potosí, Bolivia
  • Return Details :
    Potosi, Bolivia
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Take a 3-hour tour to visit the local workers in the active mine of Cerro Rico (at 4,400m) and learn the history of Potosi. Discoverthe different galleries and interior levels of the minesand get a feel for the harsh working conditions. Experience the Potosi mines just like the local workers.

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Your trip will begin with a short sightseeing tour around Potosi and a stop at the Mining Market on your way up to "Cerro Rico". At the market you will be able to observe a wide range of materials and tools used by the miners in their daily jobs at the mine. Buy dynamite, alcohol and coca leaves to give as a present to the miners you will meet on your tour.
Shortly before arriving to the mines, you will make a stop at a small storage room where you will put on work pants, jacket, boots, helmet and lamp to go into the mine as a security measure.
The mines that are visited all are located in the heart of Potosi's historical Cerro Rico and they are concessions that the state carries out to the legally established mining cooperatives.
Inside them you can appreciate the system of miners work that has not suffered great changes after so much time of exploitation. The use of dynamite, air compressors and mechanical perforators have all been used in the mining process.
Your tour will take you through the different galleries and interior levels of the mines where you can see statues that the miners have built to represent their gods, such as the Uncle of the Mine. You will be able to view the mineral veins that are a group of rocks and chemical formations of minerals in the mine and other formations unique to Cerro Rico. Interact with the local workers, give them a small present as a token of your appreciation for their hard work and observe the humbling work they do here through different methods that are carried out numerous times a day.



English-speaking guide

Entry/Admission - Cerro Rico


Gifts for the miners (can be purchased before going to the mine)

Suggested tip for the guide ($10 Bs)

Food and drinks

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Minimum age is 7 years old

Not wheelchair accessible

No heart problems or other serious medical conditions

Most travelers can participate

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers

Traveler Reviews

  • 27-Sep-2022

    I had Jhonny as my tour guide and because nobody else booked that day, I ended up getting a private tour. Jhonny was very knowledgeable about the mines and the culture. He was an ex miner and knew everyone on-site. He was able to answer all of my questions and gave me plenty of opportunities to take pictures. Además, estoy aprendiendo español en este momento y Johnny fue paciente conmigo ayudándome a practicar mi español. Fyi - there are quite a few galley ways and it would have been easy to get lost down there without a guide. Somehow Jhonny had a map memorized in his head although he joked around with me by pretending that he didn’t know where he was going at one point lol. In my opinion, this is a must see if you plan on making a trip up to Potosi as there is so much history here and you can learn a lot. Be advised to bring some extra cash as you swing by the market to pick up water and cocoa leaves for the miners that you encounter along the way. Further, it is dusty (so a mask is advised if you have one) and this would not be recommended for someone who has closterphobia.