Potosi Silver Mines Tour

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Potosi Silver Mines Tour

  • Tour around and get to listen to the stories of more than 900 active working miners

  • Enter the mines and walk through over 2 km of interconnected underground tunnels

  • All tours are in English by professionally trained and qualified bilingual guides

In the past the mines of Potosi was a great mining centre and is a must when visiting Potosi.

AVAILABILITY

All year round except Sundays and holidays

DURATION

Half Day

START LOCATION

South American, Calle Ayacucho 11 in front of the main door of La Casa de la Moneda in Potosi.

END LOCATION

South American, Calle Ayacucho 11 in front of the main door of La Casa de la Moneda in Potosi.

OPERATOR NAME

PERLA DE BOLIVIA

Start Time

09:00 / 14:00

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

We’ll meet at South American, Calle Ayacucho 11 in front of the main door of La Casa de la Moneda in Potosi. at 8:30 am or 1:30 pm. First, we visit the miners’ market; you can buy coca leaves, cigarettes, coca-cola, water, dynamite and fuses, which you can take as presents to the miners.

Before climbing the hill we get the equipment necessary to visit the mine and here you can leave anything you won’t need in the mine, everything is left behind locked doors.

You will observe the mine galleries and tunnels, made from stone over 450 years ago. You will pass through over 2 km of interconnected mine tunnels and descend through 2 to 3 levels, some 20 to 30 meters apart, entering deep into the heart of the mountain.

Our knowledgeable (English) guide will help you gain fascinating insights into the lives of 980 working miners. You will also experience the excitement of a dynamite explosion and listen to accounts of the history of the mines, their economy, the miners’ culture and working conditions.

TOUR TICKETS (MAY VARY BY DATE)
Ticket Price(USD)
TOUR PRICE (All ages) 25.00 (USD)
TOUR ITINERARY

08:30 / 13:30

Meeting point at South American, Calle Ayacucho 11 in front of the main door of La Casa de la Moneda in Potosi


09:00 / 14:00

Departure for Potosi Mines


09:30 / 14:30

Visit Miner's Market


10:00 / 15:00

Visit a Refinery plant


10:30 / 15:30

Visit Potosi Mines


13:00 / 18:00

Arrival to South American, Calle Ayacucho 11 in front of the main door of La Casa de la Moneda in Potosi


INCLUDED

- English Speaking Guide
- Transportation
- All equipment

NOT INCLUDED

- Coca leaves; cigarettes; alcohol for miners as presents
- Others not mentioned

RECOMMENDED

We advise eating a good breakfast/lunch before leaving. Wear old clothes and take a handkerchief to filter the dusty air.
For extra energy (you’ll need it) take water, soda, chocolate bars, bananas and other snacks

CANCELLATION POLICY

Cancellation or changes to this tour:

CHANGES: Changes must be made before 1:00 pm (La Paz time), 1 day before the tour begins. After this time, there is a 100% change fee.

NO SHOWS & CANCELLATIONS: If you cancel two days prior to the tour before 5:00 pm (La Paz time) or earlier, a 35% administration fee (+ the card fee) will apply. After this time, there is a 100% no-show or cancellation fee.

You must email bookings@findlocaltrips.com (include the name of the tour and the reservation number) to cancel this tour or make any changes.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
  1. Who can do this tour?

    Everyone, except for children under 12 years old, or adults over 70 years old, claustrophobic people, and those with asthma or other medical conditions.

  2. What should I bring to the tour?

    You should bring your camera, a bottle of water, extra snacks, extra money (for tips and personal expenses), walking shoes, and have a handkerchief/ headscarf handy. Take comfortable and sturdy clothes, such as waterproof clothing, a thermal shirt, a rainproof/windproof jacket, and long pants/trousers.

  3. Will I have problems with altitude sickness on this tour?

    Altitude sickness can catch many travellers a little bit off guard. Not everyone gets sick in high altitudes, and it is difficult to predict who is likely to be badly affected by it. For most people, it is nothing more than a headache and a dizzy sensation that diminishes over a short period of time, 1 to 2 days for most people. If you want to limit your chances of getting sick, there are a few things you can do. Firstly, do not fly directly into high altitude - proceed slowly, allowing your body time to acclimatise as you ascend gradually. However, for many that is not possible, so it’s important to drink lots of water, and to slow down! This sounds simple, but both of these things are very important. Your body is struggling because you don’t have enough oxygen, so avoiding any strenuous activity is a good idea. Chew some coca leaves - the native people of South America have been chewing coca for centuries, thanks to its ability to alleviate mild altitude sickness symptoms. Coca leaves can be bought in any supermarket, and even souvenir shops or street stalls. Take altitude sickness pills (Soroche): these are sold over the counter all over Peru and Bolivia, and are just a few dollars. If you are flying straight into altitude over 2500 metres without spending any time at an intermediate elevation, and you’re worried about getting sick, you can ask your doctor for more specific and stronger altitude sickness medication in advance. In the rare case that your symptoms are more severe than a headache and mild dizziness, you should descend in altitude and seek medical assistance.

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