Las Mina de San Jose

Las Mina de San Jose, Oruro: Address, Las Mina de San Jose Reviews: 4/5

Las Mina de San Jose
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lalostrada
By lalostrada
Also known as museo minero. Inside Church of Socavon.
Oct. 2018
It is said that when the mines were being exploded Oruro was one of the most prolific cities in America. This museum will give you an overview of how miners used to work during the Spanish conquer times. The entrance is 7 BOB (around 1 dollar) for locals and 12 BOB for tourists. They have fixed schedules to allow the entrance, we did it at noon. While you are descending the stairs you will find two figures one of "Chiru Chiru" and one of "Tio", Chiru Chirus were known as the thieves of the mines, they would robe the mine to distribute among poor people. Tio is explained below. Once you reach the bottom a lot of objects from the ancient mining times are displayed, although the conservation space lacks of infrastructure you have the chance to see several objects such as calculators, typewriters and tools from that age. There is a display of minerals as well. Deeper inside you can see 2 figures of "Tio" which were venerated by ancient miners, it represents the "Ayachilla" (the spirit of the mountains) and is still believed that they are the link between Mother Earth (Pacha Mama) and ours, and are treated with respect; that's why many offerings are gathered around them. Although after the Spanish invasion they were represented as Diablos (devils) since the Catholic belief would not allow to venerate a diety from the underground. Even the original idea for Tios was lost in translation a couple of centuries ago, the tradition still persists, although the imposition of beliefs from Christan Catholic church orureños still treat with respect the Tios, which are also one of the origins of world famous Carnaval de Oruro. The 2 Tios at the bottom are represented as men who have died in the mine, to let miners be reminded that one have to treat mother Earth with love and respect and she would give us her richness in return. Very interesting. Thanks to my friend Giovanni Mejia who helped me understand the whole picture.

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Millet02
Atlanta, GA506 contributions
Interesting
Oct. 2018 • Couples
This is a short walk through an old mine tunnel to look at minerals and mining equipment. They also have an El Tío ofrenda, complete with cigarettes they light. Interesting and fairly quick.

Entry and tickets are through the church below the virgen statue. Your includes the rooms upstairs, that are much better museums than the mine.
Written 13 November 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

lalostrada
Mexico City, Mexico279 contributions
Also known as museo minero. Inside Church of Socavon.
Oct. 2018 • Friends
It is said that when the mines were being exploded Oruro was one of the most prolific cities in America.

This museum will give you an overview of how miners used to work during the Spanish conquer times. The entrance is 7 BOB (around 1 dollar) for locals and 12 BOB for tourists. They have fixed schedules to allow the entrance, we did it at noon.

While you are descending the stairs you will find two figures one of "Chiru Chiru" and one of "Tio", Chiru Chirus were known as the thieves of the mines, they would robe the mine to distribute among poor people. Tio is explained below.

Once you reach the bottom a lot of objects from the ancient mining times are displayed, although the conservation space lacks of infrastructure you have the chance to see several objects such as calculators, typewriters and tools from that age. There is a display of minerals as well.

Deeper inside you can see 2 figures of "Tio" which were venerated by ancient miners, it represents the "Ayachilla" (the spirit of the mountains) and is still believed that they are the link between Mother Earth (Pacha Mama) and ours, and are treated with respect; that's why many offerings are gathered around them. Although after the Spanish invasion they were represented as Diablos (devils) since the Catholic belief would not allow to venerate a diety from the underground.

Even the original idea for Tios was lost in translation a couple of centuries ago, the tradition still persists, although the imposition of beliefs from Christan Catholic church orureños still treat with respect the Tios, which are also one of the origins of world famous Carnaval de Oruro.

The 2 Tios at the bottom are represented as men who have died in the mine, to let miners be reminded that one have to treat mother Earth with love and respect and she would give us her richness in return.

Very interesting.

Thanks to my friend Giovanni Mejia who helped me understand the whole picture.
Written 7 October 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

MHH1992
Haarlem, The Netherlands50 contributions
A bit short
Apr. 2017 • Couples
The entrance of this museum was very original! But it wasn't immediately clear where we had to buy tickets and so we had to wait for one and a half hour before our tour started. (While another tour started earlier and we already had waited half an hour on that tour). It was cool to be in a real miners tunnel, but the information was minimal and if you don't speak Spanish there is no information at all. The tour was a bit shorter then we expected, just half an hour. But it was nice.
Written 3 June 2017
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Abraham M
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One of the most extreme museums in the world
Feb. 2016
Do you want to feel how did miner people work and live. Visit the Mining museum and Socavon Main Church. You wont regret. Explore a mine and learn about Oruro
Written 18 March 2016
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