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Address: Guanajuato, Mexico
Description: 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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Great but creepy experience

Great Experience, you get the feeling of what was like to work in a Colonial era mine, highly reccommended for adventurous people, kind of creepy experience, not reccommended for... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 4, 2013
jricardo_vazquez
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Irapuato, Mexico
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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 

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Vancouver, Canada
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
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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42 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
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

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nottingham
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35 reviews 35 reviews
8 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
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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Mexico City, Mexico
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33 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2013

if you've seen mines in the area before, it's not an absolute must. but the tour is fine, the mine very busy with tours, and involves steep climbs so be prepared.

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Irapuato, Mexico
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4 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

Great Experience, you get the feeling of what was like to work in a Colonial era mine, highly reccommended for adventurous people, kind of creepy experience, not reccommended for claustrophobics.

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Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2012

If you like minning and stones, you will love the visit, if you don't even is a nice stop for most city tours where you can buy some beautiful stones as souvenirs.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2012

Mine? What mine?? All you see is some old equipment and a few old stone structures. Most of the site is dedicated to selling tourists food and knick knacks.

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Portland, Oregon
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29 reviews 29 reviews
18 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2012

The tour guide speaks only Spanish (I do not) but I understood every word of his well articulated tour. We went down into the mine as he told us the story of the slaves that had to mine for the Spanish overlords. Give him a good tip. Great history and education about the area.

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San Francisco, California
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38 reviews 38 reviews
12 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2012

Colonial Guanajuato was built on silver, and this mine was one of the key producers- The metal was carried across the Atlantic to enrich the spanish crown The vein ran out and the mine died.

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