El Museo Bocamina San Ramón

El Museo Bocamina San Ramón

El Museo Bocamina San Ramón
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Companion9791
4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
In our quest to see the Valenciana Mines, we first went to Museo Mina Valenciana 1791, which was closed despite Google and its website both saying that it's open. Then we went to Bocamina San Cayetano, which was a Spanish-only tour and a 60 km descent into the mines. There were lots of local tour groups so we had to wait half an hour for the tour. We didn't speak Spanish so didn't get much out of it. Since Bocamina San Ramon was nearby, we went there next and very glad we did. Despite still not being able to understand the Spanish tour, Bocamina San Ramon has enough signage and recreations for us to get a much better context for the mines, especially for only 50 pesos per person.
Written 31 December 2022
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Michelle S
Santa Cruz, CA4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021 • Couples
This place actually relayed the history of the mine. It was enjoyable. They take you down to the mine while explaining the history of it and the modernization of the mining techniques. The guide really seemed interested in the material and worked for decades with the mine.
Written 25 December 2021
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Creeping_Death_LA
Los Angeles, CA4,432 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2012 • Friends
You can see two mines in the same area, this one and San Cayetano. When we arrived it was pouring rain so we had to wait to enter the mine. We basically had a private tour since there was no one else due to the rain. The price for the entrance is very inexpensive. Expect to walk a lot of steps up and down, so this is not for the handicapped. The tour guide will expect a small tip at the end of your tour which last about 45 minutes.
Written 21 November 2012
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Marie5466
Guanajuato Municipality, Mexico1,133 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Solo
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.
Written 12 March 2019
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Jaime Perez
Palm Springs, CA456 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019
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.
Written 15 January 2019
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Dr. JP
San Diego, CA119 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Couples
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.

Written 21 August 2018
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Cristina B
Chicago, IL33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2018 • Friends
It was part of a tour we took and definitely a good addition to it. Good for taking pictures and the tour guide was very informative.
Written 10 March 2018
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castrorar
Mexico City, Mexico40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Family
Is less popular than the valenciana one, but is totally amazing. If you are looking for a better experience with much less walking and stairs, this is the place. The tour guys are very well prepared and go deeper in the origins of mining i this area of Mexico. greta bar where you can refresh and indulge your self.
Written 21 May 2017
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JiJi J
Baton Rouge, LA159 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2014 • Couples
This is a must see in the city. You get to see how silver was brought up plus you get to go down into the mine.
Written 26 November 2014
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Kathy D
North Battleford, Canada22 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2014 • Couples
The mine is interesting to see, but not having enough Spanish to understand the guide's explanations was a definite disadvantage. There are few fluent English speakers here, but we did find one to take us on the city tour. Augustino was excellent in English.
Written 16 January 2014
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