Most importantly, they are not kidding about the tour not being appropriate for people who are claustrophobic or anyone who has any sort of mobility issues which would limit their ability to walk while crouched over, shimmy sideways, shimmy sideways while crouched over, etc. The tour inside the mine starts off with a flight of 160 (if I remember correctly) stairs down into the mine. The hardhats you wear for the tour are not some sort of gimmick, they're to protect your melon while you're in the narrow passages of the mine. It's not dangerous, though. There's plenty of fresh air and one guide will stay in the front of the group and another will bring up the rear. That being said...
The tour is an absolute must. The mine complex is massive but was almost completely flooded out and is no longer mineable. What you will walk (shimmy, shuffle, crouch, and creep) through is not something contrived for tourists. The only thing that's there for your comfort are the stairs in and out, the wooden and metal walkways to keep you from slipping, the bridges over the flooded areas (300+ meters deep), and the few areas with electricity. You are in the same tunnels the miners were in. Unlike every other cave tour I've ever been on, you can touch the walls; you have no choice but to do that.
You will learn quite a bit about what life was like for a miner at that time as well as the lives of all those connected to the silver mining industry. You will learn quite a bit about how silver was mined throughout the many years the mine was in operation. Our guide was extremely friendly and knowledgeable and was at the ready with answers to every question we had for him - even the really random ones my husband loves to ask. For whatever reason, no one else on our tour asked our guide any questions and he always seemed sad when "Does anyone have any questions?" was met with silence so be sure to ask questions.
You are sure to have fun and learn a lot. You will also get a bit wet as it is drippy in places so don't wear your nicest clothes.
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