Cerro Rico
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
2:30 PM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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This silver mining site dates back to the Spanish colonial era.
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NorfolkFox
Norwich, UK168 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
An insightful trip to Cerro Rico, starting at the Miners Market with the purchase of Beer, Coca Leaves and Explosives. Then onto the Co-operative Processing Plant. Finally the trip into a dark cavern watching carefully where we walked, ducked and stepped. Working practices unchanged for nearly 500 years and a real eye-opener as to conditions facing the Miners extracting a living.
Written 31 March 2024
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Anne Marieke v
The Hague, The Netherlands4 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
This mine is of world historical importance (as it financed Spanish colonialism in South America and thus enabled the ethnic and cultural genocide that took place) and for that reason alone worth visiting, but I have to be honest, I did not feel comfortable nor safe during the tour. My recommendation is to visit only during the weekend when there is no work done in the mines. Secondly try to organise a private tour so that you can ask your guide to turn around when you feel uncomfortable. This being said, our guide was extremely knowledgeable and kind. He did turn around early for us, after about one hour (apparently most tours last two hours). That one hour was more than enough to get an idea if the horrible conditions in the mine. We also were able to visit the Devil statue. For the rest of the time we explored the mountain outside, the views over the city, the mineworkers machinery, etc. which was equally interesting and much more photogenic.
Written 16 April 2023
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Magali M
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Friends
The visit of mines was awesome with Willy, a guide who speaking french very well. Very interesting. All was perfect.
Written 19 March 2022
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Juanito_Hayburg
El Paso, TX3,688 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Solo
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 dropped me off in Centro ElPasoTX-USA and I Gimpwalked across Puente Santa Fe into magnificent Mexico! The red-eye from CJS took me to MEX then onto LIM, from where I made my way to Pto. WilliamsCHILE by various means. My intention was to primarily stay at/close to sea level until moving Northward, when I would ascend to the Altiplano/acclimatize to AMS (usually takes me about 24-hours) and remain at altitude for a month or so, primarily to explore beautiful Bolivia.
So, by the time I arrived in Potosí, I needed a decent night’s sleep to complete acclimating and the highly recommended KOALA DEN HOSTEL was the place for me, arriving by taxi/colectivo 07MAR2020. Unfortunately, it has no grab bars/handrails/ramps at the entrance and the risers on the steps are quite steep—any traveller more disabled than me (I use a stick) would not stay here. Fortunately, JULIO (a former miner) was in charge and welcomed me into the Den, quickly assigning me to a bottom bunk in the dorm. I had great doubts I’d be able to stay, but Julio & the best brekkie I think I’ve ever had at a hostel convinced me otherwise.
Featured prominently was a poster advertising the KOALA MINE TOUR, and, though I’m a bit claustrophobic, I was intrigued and realized that this was THE reason I came here: to explore/understand the essence of Potosí. I committed myself to going, and am so glad I did because the tour is far more than spending two hours in an enclosed space!
On 08MAR2020, Ayer the great brekkie, we [I & three others(Christine & Anthony, Hong Kong; Ahmedeo, SpanishItalian) we’re escorted to the bus & great guide RONALD, who gave expert commentary (in English) throughout the 4-5 hour session.
Despite my inability to continue far into the diminishing tunnel space—claustrophobia not withstanding—my great problem was not being able to bend my body enough to avoid continuous contact with the rock-hard overhead (good thing hard hats were provided!), and had to backtrack the 15-20 minutes progress, I felt immense satisfaction with the entire experience. So will you!
I highly recommend this and it certainly has my coveted “iWheel of Approval!”
Written 9 March 2020
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Laurence A
Asheville, NC4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
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.
Written 4 February 2020
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Julionator
Vancouver, Canada204 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Our guide Julio, was excellent!

Just did a tour today with Koala Tours, of the Candelaria Mine.

Our thoughts:
SALES: Both workers we spoke with (a female and Julio) were very informative and helpful.
DRIVER: We felt safe because he wasn't rushing to pass anyone, unlike most driver here.
GUIDE: Very professional and knowledgeable. He was informative and seem to know most of the workers we encountered. His English was great as well.
THE TOUR: Quite the eye opener. It was very interesting to walk 1 meter in the Miner's shoes. It's very unfortunate that they have to work in these mines to provide for their families, but they don't really have many opportunities to do anything else 😢
Be aware that since you are visiting an active mine, there are hazards involved.
Also, if you are claustrophobic this tour is not for you.

I highly recommend this tour, this company and Julio as your guide as a must do when in Potosi.
Written 21 January 2020
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MikeBall13
Berlin, Germany6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
Plan more hours than expected, bring water and coca leaves.
The miners you meet on the way up are nice people and ensure a very authentic experience. Be aware of dogs in the arvo
Written 21 January 2020
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JohnInBolivia
La Paz, Bolivia50 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
The scale of the Cerro Rico is extraordinary. The sheer amount of silver produced mind boggling. It is the world's biggest silver mine by a factor of 2. Broken Hill in Australia is the world's second biggest silver mine.

I had a 4WD so did not take a guided underground tour. There is no security at the mine, you just drive into the mining area and then up onto the cerro. I'd been underground before, so didn't need to do that on this visit.

I must compliment my hosts, the reason for this visit - the Villa Imperial Mining Cooperative. For good reason tourists to Bolivia will think that Bolivian cooperative miners are tough and dangerous given the working conditions of many of them. But beneath the tough, gruff exterior lies thousands of hearts of gold. Genuinely lovely men, and a few women.

Again, I'll be back.
Written 25 December 2019
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Fabian S
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Solo
With our guide Ronald from Koala tours who speaks perfectly English we had a interesting visit of the mines, giving some gifts to the miners and experiencing a little bit of their daily life. Harsh, unhealthy and sometimes dangerous the work of those miners is necessary to feed their families or just pay their studies...
Written 20 October 2019
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Yann Renaud
Switzerland825 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Friends
We decided not to go in the mines, during to safety concerns and because we thought it to be more respectful for the miners and their job. We however could get a good impression of what such a mine is by taking a taxi up to the middle of the mountain and coming down walking. It was really impressive and kind of frightening to see all these old buildings (not to say ruins) that are still in use. It was nice to see it once, I am not sure I would go there again.
Written 13 October 2019
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