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Address: Guanajuato, Mexico
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This mine, started by the Spanish in 1558, has played a major role in...

This mine, started by the Spanish in 1558, has played a major role in silver production throughout Mexican history.

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Interesting history, but is it worth the walk?

The backstory of this mine is that it had flooded and was abandoned. When the Count took it over, he promised that if he was successful, he would build a temple (he was, and he... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Friday Harbor, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The backstory of this mine is that it had flooded and was abandoned. When the Count took it over, he promised that if he was successful, he would build a temple (he was, and he did). The overall complex is interesting with some dioramas of silver and gold mining in the area, and some partially restored ruins of the original... More 

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Savannah
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Since you are in the mining town of Guanajuato, you might be interested in seeing a real silver mine. The entrada is minimal (10 pesos?). As has been said, you walk down a staircase into the mine, and then back up again. You wear a plastic hat for looks. The guide talks (in Spanish) about how dangerous it is to... More 

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San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Although the guides only speak Spanish it is easy to follow the lecture. If you have kids with you this is an unusual must see activity.

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We took an Uber out to the mines based on a recommendation from our hotel. The entrance fee was minimal to get a guided tour of the mine. Our guide was once a miner so he added authenticity to the tour. He did not speak english but a member of our group was able to interpret for us. Be forewarned,... More 

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Toluca, Mexico
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2017

This mine, while interesting, definitely has a rustic and underdeveloped feel, and probably gives a good idea of the conditions mine workers had to and in some cases still endure. Be careful on the stairs, and rest awhile if you get dizzy from the stale and muggy air. For a safer and more developed mine tour, try the mines in... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017

it is a very interesting tour and learning experience of early mining in the area. bring walking shoes and be ready to go down into the mine via steep and uneven stone stair way. it can be stuffy at the bottom during a hot day. it is a popular attraction and wait time in line can be an hour. the... More 

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Los Angeles
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017

This is a pretty modest "mine" experience. You put on a plastic hat (hard hat would be an exaggeration. You then proceed to walk down about 60 steps or so with a guide narrating the history entirely in Spanish. We fortunately speak Spanish and it was interesting to hear some of the history. However, there really is nothing much once... More 

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Olathe, Kansas
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

I was very excited to explore some of the mines around Guanajuato, and the first one visited was Mina La Valenciana. For some reason, I expected more and felt a little disappointed how short the tour was and that there was not a whole lot to see. My guide only spoke Spanish, so I did not understand a lot of... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

The tour takes you down into a mine -- but remember, every step down you have to take back up. It was an exhausting, painful journey. At the end? A cheesy photo op. No lessons about mining or history of mining. Just walking down for a photo op. The basillica next to it is plain, but relaxing, and the views... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016 via mobile

When I say deep I mean that literally as one descends 300 feet deep into the mines via a series of staircases. Our guide was a former miner and I learned a lot from him. (I speak spanish and have no idea if he can speak English.) The guide spoke about silver and other minerals, how they were mined how... More 

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