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“Mine tour with Koala Tours”
Review of Cerro Rico

Cerro Rico
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Half-Day Potosí Active Mine Trip to Cerro Rico
Ranked #2 of 27 things to do in Potosi
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Owner description: This silver mining site dates back to the Spanish colonial era.
Reviewed December 22, 2012

Koala tours provide mine tour in Potosi. This was my first mine visit, so i checked the travel books to look for a responsible company. Koala tour was indeed such. They had provided us with all the safety equipment, head flashes, boots, hamlets and clothes for the mine. The guide provided relevant information and well spoke English. They provided reimbursement without any argument when some of the promises of the tour couldn't be delivered due to a strike that day. For those who wish to have good breakfast before the tour, just go to their second floor, there is very good breakfast there. Recommended.

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Reviewed November 28, 2012

Big Deal and Koala were shut and we needed to lock it in so we went with Sin Fronteras ... They were average... Just went through the motions we weren't told Saturday arvo had no miners and the humour people rave about Big deal wasn't there at all..... The dust is chronic and my lungs are still not good so MAKE SOME KIND OF FILTER. It's an amazing and sad place.

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Reviewed November 26, 2012 via mobile

I was apprehensive about visiting the mines but am very glad that I did. It was an eye opening experience. We went with Big Deal who I can't recommend highly enough - owned and run by ex-miners - these guys know that they're talking about, they know the miners and most importantly they know the mines inside out. They have excellent English and a great sense of humour. Overall we spent about 2 hours out of 5 inside the mine. It was dusty at times but not as bad as I was expecting.
It's definitely worth a visit and go with Big Deal - support the little guy!

3  Thank RoisinH_11
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Reviewed November 24, 2012

Fascinating place to visit. Not as scary or claustrophobic as some of the reviews / books I have read. A very interesting insight into how the miners work. Recommended.

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Reviewed November 14, 2012 via mobile

Did the mine tour in early Nov with Big Deal Tours. Professional company, ex-miner guide who spoke good English. It's not a tour for the faint hearted.. there are sections of tunnel where you have to crouch a bit as you walk along. But the good news is that the area of the mine you go into is very old and stable. Very sobering experience to see the methods these guys use (including hauling out the ore by backpack!). These guys also make a big sacrifice with their health too (life expectancy around 46-48).

Before you head to the mine you stop at a local shop to buy gifts.. Buy lots of Coca Leaves as the miners love them and they cost peanuts.
You can also buy dynamite over the counter (got to love Bolivia) as a gift for the miners.

You also visit the processing plant which is fascinating.

2  Thank man-vs-wave
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