Cerro Rico Mine
Journey underground to see the working conditions of Bolivian miners in the infamous Cerro Rico.
Potosí is a city defined by Cerro Rico, the silver mine which tells of the glory and tragedy of the colonial era.
Today, the relatively calm and humble streets of high altitude Potosí belie a glorious, hedonistic and controversial past, in which it rose from nowhere in the 16th century to become the largest and most richly decorated city in all of the Americas. The source of such sudden fortune was the discovery of silver deposits in what was to become known as Cerro Rico, the richest mine in history, but when the silver ran out, the city fell into an equally sharp decline. Nearly 500 years on, ornate colonial buildings, the towering presence of the Rich Mountain and the scars of the lives lost in the silver extraction all serve to keep alive the memory of the silver boom. To visit to Potosí is to visit a living museum to one of the most extraordinary periods of time in Latin American history.
20 Nights from £4,895€4,729$5,853
Remote mountain landscapes, salt flats, colonial heritage, Lake Titicaca & unique markets.
20 Nights from £5,058€4,916$6,081
Step back in time to explore landlocked Bolivia and the riches of Potosi. Cross mysterious Lake Titicaca perched at the top of the Andean mountains, travelling by train to Cus…
18 Nights from £4,490€4,264$5,286
The buildings and traditions of the Incas blend with a fascinating colonial history, in a setting of scenic mountain landscapes and the riches of Potosi
23 Nights from £5,962€5,956$7,347
An expedition to the remote salt flats and flamingo-filled lagoons of the Andes and Atacama Desert. Travel to Machu Picchu and discover the island communities of Lake Titicaca…