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Mina de Guadalupe

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Mina de Guadalupe

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Our desire is that visitors recognize us for our hospitality. We like to welcome travelers as if they were our old friends and we want to share with them the places we like the most. We: The Cacomixtle company, we like to delve into the daily life of a Guanajuato as it is.
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Marie5466 wrote a review Mar 2019
Canada918 contributions410 helpful votes
Unless you are invited at an event taking place here, you can only see this beautiful fortress-like structure from the road. Named elephant mine for the obvious shape of the supports (elephant head with trunk), it is flanked by terracing, one layer of which holds a small virgin for protection. Large enough for 1,000 people (but 800 seated) it is available for events such as weddings. Worth a quick stop on your way to, for example, Cristo Rey… Would be fun to see the inside. Looks like it has a lot of potential from the outside. It was listed on a tour of mines I took from Guanajuato – felt a bit taken for a ride as we couldn’t enter any of them (maybe the tour should be called something else)...
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Date of experience: December 2018
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inov8or wrote a review Mar 2018
Victoria, Canada51 contributions19 helpful votes
This was a foundry where the metal ore was smelted but it looks like a huge fortress. I was able to take pictures of it from the outside. It is located on a deserted slope high up near the silver mines. Tours of the inside would be interesting although I don’t think it is offered.
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Date of experience: March 2018
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joanz359 wrote a review Jan 2018
Philadelphia, Pa 387 contributions117 helpful votes
This is not longer an active mine and it was closed due to gases The gases are still being emitted The structure really was a fortress to protect the mine from being robbed there are watch towers and all of the extraction areas are inside. The size and the flying buttresses are something you would envision from Game of Thrones. The inside is largely in ruins, however, it is now being rented out for weddings and events, You cannot enter unless you are staying at the Villa Christina, the owner of the hotel owns the property, This is not a mine that you enter and go underground as you cannot due to safety reasons,
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Date of experience: January 2018
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Mark M wrote a review Mar 2017
Jalisco, Mexico267 contributions153 helpful votes
We only drove by and stopped for a few pictures of the magnificent structure that was the smelter for the Minas de Guadalupe. The sheer size of the building was inspiring, the flying buttress(e) were very cool (we thought they looked like an oso de hormiga, but heard elephant, monkey and crocodillo as well). Comparing to the sugar mills in the Caribbean, the scale of these buildings is impressive. That much suffering accompanied the mining in the area is no Buenos, but appreciating the structures still matters.
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Date of experience: March 2017
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