Welcome to Potosí

During the boom years, when the metal must have seemed inexhaustible, Potosí became the Americas' largest and wealthiest city. Once the silver dried up, however, the city went into decline and its citizens slipped into poverty. The ore, plus tin, lead and other minerals, is still being extracted by miners in some of the most abysmal conditions imaginable. But the rest of Potosí – its grand churches and ornate colonial architecture – is also worth getting to know.

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$49 Tours & Sightseeing

Half-Day Potosí Active Mine Trip to Cerro Rico

This 3-hour journey begins with a sightseeing tour around Potosí, as well as a stop at the mining market on your way up to Cerro Rico. 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.

$49 Private & Custom Tours

Private Tours to the Mines in Potosi

Our adventure begins with the pick up from your Hotel, to visit the MINING MARKET, it is a local market where we can observe all the different materials that are for sale for the work to be done in the mines, we continue in our private Tour accompanied by our guide Professional, and visit the test laboratories, where we can observe the mineral processing, and also continue with our tour to visit the mineral processing plants, and so we arrive to a high part to reach the viewpoint, where You can observe a spectacular landscape of the colonial city of Potosi and then get to visit the Cooperative mines, being all this a Classic Tour and a truly unforgettable adventure, after finishing the service, we return to the city of Potosi and enjoy a warm Mate of coca, being a relief for the altitude sickness.TRAVEL: Mining market - chemical testing laboratory - mineral refining plant - viewpoint - outside mine - cooperative mine. (Classic Tour - Adventure Tour)....

$550 Multi-day & Extended Tours

4 Days Uyuni Salt Flats from Tupiza

1st Day. The tour begins in Tupiza, with pick up at your preferred hotel, we visit Palala, Sillar, Awanapampa, Cerillos, San Pablo, San Antonio, Quetena, where we observe very picturesque and natural landscapes with flora and fauna of high Andean origin (1st Night Overnight stay in basic services. Lunch will be served at the convenient time..2 ° Day. We continue our tour to visit the town of Quetena, Laguna Kollpa, Hedionda Lagoon, Hot Springs, Dali Desert, Green Lagoon, Licancabur Volcano, is a visit in the National Reserve where we observe very beautiful landscapes and we reach a higher height Geysers Masl), Huayllajara (2nd Night)..3 ° Day. Laguna Colorada, Siloli Desert, Stone Tree, Altiplanic Lagoons with flamingos, Ollague Volcano, San Juan, Salar de Chaiviri, Puerto Chuvica (Basic Salt Accommodation)..4 ° Day. We deserted very early, to enjoy the sunrise in the salar de Uyuni, and then continue our trip to the Island Incahuasi, take pictures fun in the Salar de Uyuni, visit Hotel de Sal (Museum), Eyes of salt, we continue To Colchani, and arrive at Uyuni to leave it in the place of your preference ..

$35 Cultural & Theme Tours


Potosi is a Colonial city of great interest to visitors ,where you can meet, Optional Museum (Casa de Moneda, Santa Teresa, San Francisco, University Museum) - Religious architecture (Temples, churches, monasteries and convents) - typical Spanish streets - colonial balconies. Civil architecture (Covers and houses). Typical indigenous streets and parishes of Indians. The circuit starts at the national museum "Casa de la Moneda "(Optional Museum, Mint, Santa Teresa, San Franciscoor University Museum). Then continue the walk, for the most important attractions of the city, to know the religious Architecture (Temples, churches, Spanish monasteries and convents) and the typical Spanish streets composed by: colonial balconies, civil architecture (covers and large houses). To finally conclude on tour in the typical indigenous streets and parishes of Indians, located at the foot of Cerro Rico de Potosí.

$45 Tours & Sightseeing


Knowing Potosi, in a Night Tour and knowing the legends and chronicles of this Colonial city, we will visit: Religious architecture (Temples, churches, monasteries and convents) - typical Spanish streets - colonial balconies. Architecture civil (Covers and houses). Typical indigenous streets and Indian parishes. The tour begins with the pick up of the Hotels in Potosi, to then continue the tour through the colonial streets telling the legends of the colonial potosí, stories of souls in pain, miracles of saints, treasures hidden, whose stories were present in the collective imagination of the inhabitants of the Villa Imperial of Carlos Quinto. We will also taste a traditional Potosi soup, KARAPULKA volcanic rock soup.

$227 Tours & Sightseeing

Sucre to Potosi and Uyuni Full-Day Adventure Including Lunch

We will pick you up from your hotel in Sucre city al 9:00am by private transportation to drive towards Potosí. This trip is approximately 3 hours long (only transportation). Once we arrive in Potosí we will have lunch at one of the most famous local restaurants of the city.In the afternoon we will enjoy a visit to the monument of miners and the mining market where we will meet women miners (called "palliris") and visit to a cooperative mine. A visit to the cooperative mines is one of the most memorable experiences in Bolivia where you can witness the working conditions. This will make you understand more about the life of miners.After the tour we get on board of our private transportation towards Uyuni where we will drop you off at your Hotel.