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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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Good introduction to mining history

This mine is located in Valenciana (about 1 hr outside of Guanajuato) about a 3 minute walk from the Templo de Cayatano (also called Valenciana Temple). It is actually called Mina... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 29, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It was a nice place with some hystorical remarks. One doesn't really enter into the mine, but you get some information of how the process was done in the las 400 years.

Thank Lingie L
Sao Caetano do Sul, SP
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015

Interesting place to visit. Perhaps too much commercial, but it´s worth to get down the 60 meters of the mine to get to know how gold and silver were taken way from the mine and sent to the rich europeans who were the owners of the mine. Be prepared for some stairs, hot and wet air.

Thank Luiz T
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

This mine is located in Valenciana (about 1 hr outside of Guanajuato) about a 3 minute walk from the Templo de Cayatano (also called Valenciana Temple). It is actually called Mina La Valenciana: Bocamina San Cayetano. I enjoyed the tour, although you only descend about 60 meters. Nowadays, the rest of the mine is closed to tourists. Here are my... More 

1 Thank Queen J
Lake Crystal, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

A walk down into a mine and back up, not for the faint of heart. Not exactly OSHA or ADD standard stairs and railings. Spanish language commentary provided by the guide, with touristy gift shops in the area.

Thank Ron S
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

It's an easy afternoon trip. If you have time, it's something fair to do outside the city. If you are short on time, I think it's okay to skip--you won't have FOMO :)

Thank Craig D
Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

We went for the church and it was closed (like all Mondays!). Went to the mine instead and it was okay. Kinda interesting. All the workers there were slaves. Interesting bit of history. Not worth a trip out from Guanajuato but if you go to the church, the extra 35 pesos could be worth it.

Thank Gabek333
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

The mine is probably what you would expect: a big hole in the ground which you might or might not find exciting. I do like mines so we headed there. Our tour guide, who was a retired miner, made our trip. He gave us a kind, personal, and detailed explanation of the history of the mine. At the end he... More 

Thank Felipe V
Vancouver, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

All we could see was the mine shafts, the old buildings and a great explanation from some retired miners that work there, unfortunately there are no longer tours of the mines, i guess it is unsafe and it would cost tons of money to rehabilitate , it is still worth going there just for the scenery.

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Jacksonville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

I work in the mining industry so I was super excited to see the old mine and the tour is very enlightening. They discuss all the aspects of how they mined back in the old days. I also glad I was able to see this. Highly recommended

1 Thank Jaysuhn12
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2013 via mobile

Took local bus from Guanajuato and visited firstly the church and just behind the mine. Our guide was a student who was so enthusiastic. A very interesting trip - 35 pesos for entry plus a tip - would very much recommend.

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