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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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Not for the faint of heart!

This mine, while interesting, definitely has a rustic and underdeveloped feel, and probably gives a good idea of the conditions mine workers had to and in some cases still endure... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Toluca, Mexico
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Toluca, Mexico
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This mine, while interesting, definitely has a rustic and underdeveloped feel, and probably gives a good idea of the conditions mine workers had to and in some cases still endure. Be careful on the stairs, and rest awhile if you get dizzy from the stale and muggy air. For a safer and more developed mine tour, try the mines in... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017

it is a very interesting tour and learning experience of early mining in the area. bring walking shoes and be ready to go down into the mine via steep and uneven stone stair way. it can be stuffy at the bottom during a hot day. it is a popular attraction and wait time in line can be an hour. the... More 

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Los Angeles
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017

This is a pretty modest "mine" experience. You put on a plastic hat (hard hat would be an exaggeration. You then proceed to walk down about 60 steps or so with a guide narrating the history entirely in Spanish. We fortunately speak Spanish and it was interesting to hear some of the history. However, there really is nothing much once... More 

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Olathe, Kansas
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 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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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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 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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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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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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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 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 31 May 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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