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Sewell Mining Town

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Address: Gamero 0400, Barrio El Tenis, Rancagua, Machali, Chile
Phone Number: 72 2225678
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A wonderful place in the most unexpected location

When one visits Sewel, it's like one is stepping into a different reality. The beauty of the mining toen really contrats with the bare mountains that sourround it. I really liked... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 20, 2015
mariaortiz
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Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
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Newbury, United Kingdom
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51 reviews 51 reviews
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

I went on the Sewell tour with VTS tours several years ago and on that trip we went into El Teniente mine and visited Sewell. I was thinking of going again and when I enquired with VTS they do NOT go into El Teniente, and have not done so for the last four years. The mine was one of the... More 

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Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

When one visits Sewel, it's like one is stepping into a different reality. The beauty of the mining toen really contrats with the bare mountains that sourround it. I really liked the trip back in time to know more about how people lived in the past in Chile. It was a great way to learn more about mining in Chile,... More 

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Berlin, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Sewell is great industrial heritage, a UNESCO World Heritage-listed mining town with staircases for streets on the slope of mountain. You can only visit it by guided tour but it is certainly worth it. The bus takes you through the premises of the working mine of El Teniente and, as the guides are former miners, you learn a lot about... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

I went on this trip in July and was very, very dissapointed. I had hoped to see and learn more about the Chilean mining industry, but instead was taken on a 12 hour tour of the mining town, which was neither interesting nor educational. The tour bus drove our group into the mountains to the town of Sewell. Although a... More 

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Guatemala City, Guatemala
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

i really enjoyed touring this now abandoned mining town-now preserved (sort of) as a unesco world heritage site. it used to service workers and their families at el teniente, the largest copper mine in world. such an interesting story and a special experience to see it directly. the town contains the oldest bowling alley in chile and the first hospital... More 

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McLean, Virginia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2013

Do yourself a favor and do not go on this tour. A group of 4 of us went, and there was nothing interesting about it. It was a pretty sight, because it is in the mountains, but you could get that scene without wasting so much money and time. We first visited the town Sewell, we did not learn anything... More 

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Adrian, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2012

While visiting Santiago on business, I pondered what to do with my free time on the weekend. After looking through the options, I choose to take a tour of the Sewell Mining Town about 2.5 hours drive from Santiago. I went with a tour (TuristTour) and I think that is probably the only way to really get something from the... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2012

We booked our tour with the only company that provides them, VTS. We specifically booked an English tour. Once we were underway (bus had left the pickup point) we were told there would be no English spoken, and there was no English written description provided either. There were a total of 8 "English speaking only" people on this tour (out... More 

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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2012

Very interesting to see, even the part for tourists only. Gives you a good idea of the life of the workers in the past.

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Ashland, Oregon
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2012

this was a most interesting tour. Sewell ( a unesco heritage site) was a mining company town. Mining is still conducted in the area but the town is now just for tours. there is a very interesting museum on the premises. The surrounding landscape is barren and unique.

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