There is an observation platform at the top of the mountain. - Mary Kairouz Cerro Rico Silver Mine Cerro Rico is one of the world's finest examples of economic geology, as well as a testament to the harsh working conditions that Bolivians deal with on a daily basis. , A nearby inn called Hacienda Gripiñas, has a trail that leads to the top of the mountain. We were fortunate enough to run into two miners pulling a cart. The hole needed to be about 3 feet deep, and only centimeters in diameter, such that a stick of dynamite would fit inside. disseminated silver so as to be bulk minable. Typically, "tourist" activities are designed so anyone could tag along, but the Cerro Rico mine tour is definitely an exception. here in detail for the first time. The vendors who sell dynamite, coca leaves, alcohol, and cigarettes are the most profitable in Potosi, unlike other cities, where tourism takes priority. The temperatures are extreme, the walls are muddy and slippery, and tunnel floors are flooded.
From: United States Geological Survey.
This tour was a once in a lifetime opportunity to witness first hand a working mine, whose operations consist mainly of manpower, for there are few machines doing the dirty work. The most northwestern mountain range is called the Cordillera de Guanacaste , consisting of a spectacular chain of volcanoes that can be appreciated by the traveler heading south from the Nicaraguan border along the Pan-American Highway (Interamericana). One Today, Bolivia cannot afford to print/mint it's own money, so Spain supplies it for them. Topo Map. City Scenes
You could not be signed in.  There is an observation platform at the top of the mountain. Pedro, Holly, Monica, and Brian inside Cerro Rico mine.
The other kind, the Potosina type, is interpreted as catastrophic  The mountain is covered by palm trees. , The area consists of many steep mountains. "We were very fortunate to have had the opportunity to take a tour of one of the Potosi Silver mines, an operation that has been going on for at least 500 years.
Maxon & Morton ex Maxon. Pallacos are a new kind of ore deposit and are described The nearest road is PR-143, which is a winding two-lane mountain road that must be travelled very slowly as it is not possible to see traffic coming from the opposite direction for any significant length. This is because despite the Cerro Rico being made of Granite rock through the course of mining over 500 entries have been made into her, creating a honeycombed effect inviting inevitable collapse of the Cerro Rico one day. Since 1545 it has been exploited primarily for silver, although tin has become the more important ore metal over the last century. Imagine holding that shovel for 14 hours. The mountain is part of the Cordillera Central and is located on the border between the municipalities of Jayuya and Ponce. Fundamentally, pallacos are gravels whose clasts contain sufficient disseminated silver so as to be bulk minable. We had been exposed to extreme temperatures, having been down to level 4, which was well over 120 degrees. A few of us participated by shoveling the rocks into the bins, but quickly grew tired. Geology - Potosi Rafael Pico. Cerro Rico is one of the world's finest examples of economic geology, as well as a testament to the harsh working conditions that Bolivians deal with on a daily basis.