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Address: Guanajuato, Mexico
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This mine, started by the Spanish in 1558, has played a major role in...

This mine, started by the Spanish in 1558, has played a major role in silver production throughout Mexican history.

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Deep down!

Submerge yourself in a very, very deep silver mine in Mexico. And then try, if you can, to imagine what it was like to work there!! The miners worked extremely hard, under less... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 August 2016
hansulricha
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Gold Canyon, Arizona
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Olathe, Kansas
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212 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

I was very excited to explore some of the mines around Guanajuato, and the first one visited was Mina La Valenciana. For some reason, I expected more and felt a little disappointed how short the tour was and that there was not a whole lot to see. My guide only spoke Spanish, so I did not understand a lot of... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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29 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

The tour takes you down into a mine -- but remember, every step down you have to take back up. It was an exhausting, painful journey. At the end? A cheesy photo op. No lessons about mining or history of mining. Just walking down for a photo op. The basillica next to it is plain, but relaxing, and the views... More 

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California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 194 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016 via mobile

When I say deep I mean that literally as one descends 300 feet deep into the mines via a series of staircases. Our guide was a former miner and I learned a lot from him. (I speak spanish and have no idea if he can speak English.) The guide spoke about silver and other minerals, how they were mined how... More 

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Gold Canyon, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016

Submerge yourself in a very, very deep silver mine in Mexico. And then try, if you can, to imagine what it was like to work there!! The miners worked extremely hard, under less then good conditions. The Spaniardscwere hungry for Silver and Gold and this mine had plenty of it. They tunnelled deeper and deeper. And they kept finding more... More 

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Thank hansulricha
Wichita, Kansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2016 via mobile

Very interesting and worth the visit if you know Spanish. Much insight into how the mines work and there are models to see before you go into the mine shaft. About an hour for visit if you want to stop in the store after. Don't miss when you visit the Templo Valenciana!

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Nizhny Novgorod, Russia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2016

For those who are getting excited about stuff like geology and wants to know just a little more( but not really) about mining..

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2016

You can't understand the history and meaning of Guanajuato if you don't visit a mine. The city was built with and for the gold and silver mines. Listening to the local guides, you finally understand the work procedures and the miserable conditions of the miners, all of them indigenous. I'm sure my kids will remember this experience.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2016

We had a group tour down the mines. Well done with dioramas that depicted various aspects of mining as well as a map that showed the various nooks and crannies of the mines. The tour allowed us to go down one of the mine entrances for about 60 meters - note that there are lots of stairs so it's not... More 

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Miramichi, Nb. Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2016

We had the best tour guide..He was so enthusiastic about the mine..that he had once worked in.. Unfortunately we did not actually understand him...as we do not speak Spanish..( we were with a Mexican friend of ours..who translated for him ).. You could feel the emotions & feeling of our guide..without understanding him.. Very interesting...and learning of about the history... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 May 2016

I give it two stars because they location was very beautiful and people were nice but there was nothing much to see they walked you down 60+ stairs and took you to the bottom where there was a mining cart and that was the entire tour so wasn't much to do if short on time I recommend doing something else... More 

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