Welcome to Potosí

The conquistador never found El Dorado, the legendary city of gold, but they did get their hands on Potosí and its Cerro Rico, a ‘Rich Hill’ full of silver. A quote from the city’s first coat of arms sums up the Spanish bonanza: I am rich Potosí, the treasure of the world… And the envy of kings. Indeed, the city was founded in 1545 as soon as the ore was discovered and pretty soon the silver extracted here was... Read More

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$50 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.

$227 Tours & Sightseeing

Full-Day Tour from Sucre to Potosi and Uyuni

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.

$1807.93 Multi-day & Extended Tours

10-Day Bolivia Express

This itinerary is a very adventurous option as you travel on local transport, including trains and buses for a more authentic journey through Bolivia. You will be accompanied by local guides who will provide insight into the history and culture of the country and who will help the trip to run smoothly from beginning to end. The tour finishes at the shores of Lake Titicaca in Puno, Peru, making it ideally suited for further travel into Peru and other neighboring countries. However, if you prefer to end the tour in La Paz this can be arranged on request.If you join one of our set departures you will travel with a small group of like-minded travellers. In order to improve our customers’ experience, and to minimize impact on local communities, we keep group sizes small, aiming for a maximum number of 8 people on each departure. This itinerary is also available on a private, tailor made basis at any time of year. We take care in looking closely at every single detail of your holiday and we can provide a fully personalized service and look at your requirements in more detail to tailor the holiday to exactly how you want it.Day 1: Arrival in SucreTransfer to hotel. Free day to relax and acclimatize. Day 2: Sucre (B-L)Half day city tour visit the Liberty Museum, the churches of San Lazaro and San Felipe Neri and the indigenous people museum ASUR. Day 3: Sucre - Potosi (B)Travel by bus to Potosi, once the center of the Spanish Empire’s mining operations. Visit the Cerro Rico mines and the Casa de la Moneda mint that bankrolled imperial Spain.Day 4: Potosi - Uyuni (B)Take the bus to Uyuni. Visit the Uyuni Salt Flats, one of the world’s most breathtaking landscapes.Day 5: Uyuni Salt Flats (B-L)Full day in the Uyuni Salt Flats, including visits to Isla Incahuasi and the Salt Mountains. Travel overnight to Oruro by train.Day 6: Oruro - La Paz (B)Transfer to La Paz and free day at leisure.Day 7: La Paz (B-L)Half day city tour. Experience colonial La Paz.Day 8: La Paz - Copacabana (B-L)Travel in a tourist bus to Copacabana accompanied by a guide who will give you a fascinating introduction to the region. Enjoy a walking tour where you will visit Copacabana’s famous church and the Calvary. Stop for lunch at a well-known food stall.Day 9: Lake Titicaca (B-L)Tourist boat to Sun and Moon Islands on Lake Titicaca. An authentic tour meeting local fishermen and enjoying a traditional lunch.Day 10: Puno (B)Transfer to Puno on the Peruvian side of the border.

$3699 Yolo

Lima to Buenos Aires Adventure

South America rewards those willing to explore. Consider this epic adventure: beginning in Lima and ending in Buenos Aires, it's 35-full days of fun. You'll hike the Inca Trail, cross the Salt Flats of Bolivia by 4x4, and feel like a sophisticate sipping wine in Argentina. Along the way, you'll engage with local cultures with a small group of other young travellers to back you up. For those willing to invest their time, this trip offers big returns—in adventure.

$5999 Yolo

Rio to Lima Adventure

If you have the time and can’t decide between Peru and Brazil, then see them both – and pretty much everything in between – on this 51-day extravaganza. Trek the legendary Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, cross the Bolivian Salt Flats, sip wine in Argentina, and hit the beach in Brazil. You’ll get plenty of energetic culture, the great outdoors, and the company of other young travellers to keep you moving. There’s time later to slow down, take the long road, and have an adventure while you can.

$3999 Classic

Southern Divide

For those looking to experience the history, culture and wilderness of South America, this three-week adventure through Peru, Bolivia, and Chile is packed full of some of the continent’s most iconic and popular highlights. Explore the Sacred Valley and uncover Incan history high in the Andes at legendary Machu Picchu. Explore incredible landscapes at Uyuni Salt Flats and the Atacama Desert, and encounter vibrant culture at Lake Titicaca. Because we have years of experience and established operational offices in the region, we’ll take care of the hassles so that you can focus on the highlights. Get off the beaten track and embrace the best of this incredible region.