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Mina La Valenciana

Guanajuato, Mexico
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Ranked #2 of 6 activities in Guanajuato
Type: Mines
Description: This mine, started by the Spanish in 1558, has played a major role in silver production throughout Mexican history.
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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89 reviews 89 reviews
33 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 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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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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103 reviews 103 reviews
33 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
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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Top Contributor
157 reviews 157 reviews
54 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
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
10 helpful votes 10 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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Leon, Mexico
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23 reviews 23 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2012

Once the greatest, biggest and richest mine in the world, nested in the colonial town of Guanajuato, this mine is one nice tour.

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Anaheim, California, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2012

No crowds! We enjoued the tour. Wear good shoes. Some steps and steep.

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Oakville, Canada
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89 reviews 89 reviews
34 attraction reviews
152 helpful votes 152 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2012

The grounds are lovely, the views from around there spectacular and though I am somewhat claustrophobic I was able to manage the path down into the mine. The mine itself gives a very good idea of what underground mining was like back in the old days of Guanajuato.

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