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City Tour and Mines Tour Cerro Rico, private tour

Before you depart from Potosí you will put on safety clothes and take a lamp and a helmet with you.

You will visit the miners market where you can buy some gifts like coca leafs, dynamite and pure alcohol for the miners (not included).
It is tradition to bring the miners gifts because you are entering their working area and the miners need those gifts because of their low wages.

By car you will go to one of the many entrances of the famous silver mine. You will see miners at work, there is a miners-made museum and you will visit El Tío, the God of the underworld, where the miners offer to Pacha Mama, Mother Earth.

You can descend to all levels you want, but normally the wider and higher shafts are chosen. You can leave the mine with an assistant-guide at any time, also if the group wants to descend further down.

You will have the possibility to be witness of a dynamite explosion and you can also visit an Ingenio, a place where the minerals are being processed for export.

Then you will be brought back to the centre of the city where you will have time to go for lunch.

During the half-day city tour in the afternoon, you will see the exterior of the following buildings in the historic colonial centre of the city: the main square Plaza 6 de Agosto, the obelisk, the Church of Bethlehem, the square Plaza 10 de Noviembre, the Jesuits Church (Monastery), la Casa de las Recogidas, the Sa. Teresa Church, the Arco de Cobija (gateway), the Ingenio Dolores (factory), the Santo Domingo Church, the streets Linares and Tarija.

Note: the mine workers are not at work on Sundays and the museum La Casa de la Moneda is closed on Mondays.

  • Included:
    An overall, boots, safety helmet and a head torch with battery;
    English speaking guide.
  • Not included:
    Gifts for the mine workers;
    Entrance fees (Casa de la Moneda Bs. 40 p.p., Sa. Teresa Bs. 30 p.p., San Francisco Bs. 20 p.p., entrance fees for other churches are about  Bs. 15 p.p. per church but might vary);
    All other costs that are not mentioned specifically.