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El Museo Bocamina San Ramón

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El Museo Bocamina San Ramón

161 Reviews
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ATVs through the mountains and city of Guanajuato
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ATVs through the mountains and city of Guanajuato

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Meet Guanajuato in ATV. Only we take you to where no one else takes you.<br>You will meet the old mining towns that were hidden among the mountains that surround the city.<br>Enjoy an incredible adventure knowing the alleys and tunnels, the underground street, the monument to Pípila, the viewpoint of the Rayas mine. the panoramic road that surrounds the city over the hills, the viewpoint of the hill of Las Comadres, the Monte de San Nicolas, La Fragua, the Sierra de Santa Rosa de Lima, the dam of Mata, Valenciana, among many other places that They will surprise you.<br><br>Join us, you drive!
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riskyone wrote a review Nov 2019
Austin, Texas405 contributions64 helpful votes
A good place to visit to learn about the history of mining in the area. Beautiful grounds. Be careful going into the mine. The stairs are wet and slippery of course.
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Date of experience: November 2019
ReadyForThisJelly wrote a review May 2019
Washington DC, District of Columbia354 contributions283 helpful votes
It was fun to experience going down into a mine shaft, but be warned it does get quite cramped and crowded—definitely not an experience for the claustrophobic.
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Date of experience: December 2018
Marie5466 wrote a review Mar 2019
Canada918 contributions412 helpful votes
This is not the type of mine you visit for the thrill as you can only go down 60 steps into a humid tunnel that used to be part of the many tunnels crisscrossing underfoot. This mine, the second to be discovered in the area, started in 1549 (after Mina de La Luz - 1548). It is amazing that after decades of rotting away, money was poured into fixing this amazing old hacienda to its original splendor. It is a beautiful place with some sad history. Overall it is a tour that reminds you just how poorly and pitifully the miners were treated and/or paid. Working conditions were atrocious and most didn’t make it past 25 years of age. Yes, they did use birds in cages to warn them the air was bad, yes, they did work barefoot, only wearing loin cloths and headgear. Yes, mercury and other nasty chemicals were used to extract the important ore. The miners were very strong carrying anywhere from 50-150 kilos of stones on their backs. In 1908, a miner would make 3 pesos per day (helpers as low as 50 centavos per day) – all of which he would spend at the company store, indebting him to the owners of the mine, essentially making him a slave. Women were not allowed underground (superstition) so they were relegated to cooking, taking care of the sick, and sorting the mineral rocks by size and type. They were called Galereñas (as per sign on woman’s restroom attests). It is easy to see why with so much wealth (1/3 of the world silver in those days came from here) concentrated within so few families and such disparity this ended up being a hot bed for the call to Independence from Spain. Of the silver produced 20% would go to the king of Spain, 10% to the church, the rest stayed in Mexico. For reason not explained during the tour. San Ramon (1204-1240), patron saint of childbirth, midwives, children, and pregnant women is venerated here. People bring keys or padlocks that are hung from the ceiling in a room where San Ramon is located. San Ramon is also the defender of confidentiality of confession. His own mother died giving him birth. He came here from Spain and ransomed 140 Christians from slavery. It is said his mouth was padlocked shut by the Moors (he was in Africa for a while) to stop him from preaching. (Interestingly I was born in Saint Raymond where they also venerate this saint). Locks (sign of his martyrdom) represent a prayer request to end gossip, rumors, false testimonies, etc. I always saw locks as representing relationships and had no idea that way before that locks represented bad things of the tongue… Another part of mining history is seen in the center of the hacienda. Called ‘blood mills’ where a heavy stone wheel would crush the rocks that came out of the mine. Rolling 24/7 first by burros, then by men in penitence. Eventually replaced by ‘vapor mills’ – machine finally taking over. From hearts pumping blood to machine pumping hot water. We have come a long way but it is good, for perspective sake, to remind ourselves of our harsh past once in a while.
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Date of experience: March 2019
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Jaime Perez wrote a review Jan 2019
Palm Springs, California371 contributions11 helpful votes
It’s ok, a lot information; very nice people, friendly staff. A lot information...kind a live a Discovery Channel episode. Have a Bar!!! Basically go down on stairs 60 steps, at the bottom floor is wet “be careful” if you are claustrophobic or use a wheelchair this is not for you I am 5’9” and have to incline at some points.
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Date of experience: January 2019
Dr. JP wrote a review Aug 2018
San Diego, California124 contributions50 helpful votes
There are a few mines in Guanajuato open to the public. This one is one of them. From the outside, it is an impressive colonial building with a beautiful garden. The main attraction, the mine, feels so fake. Yes, that was an actual mine back in the day and one goes inside kinda the same way miners did for centuries. However, in an effort to make it tourist safe, they actually made it look and feel fake inside. Not worth paying for the tour. There's very little that makes it stand out . Also, outside, there's a very cool looking bar. See picture. That's might have been the best part of the visit. Unfortunately, it wasn't open because the bar tender didn't go to work that day. Hopefully you will have better luck.
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Date of experience: August 2018
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