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“A must do in Guanajuato!”

Bocamina SanCayetano
Ranked #26 of 64 things to do in Guanajuato
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Morelia, Mexico
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145 reviews
69 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“A must do in Guanajuato!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2012

Getting there is kind of tricky, especially if you're not familiar with the area but once you're in Guanajuato, following all signs pointing towards "LA VALENCIANA" or "DOLORES, HIDALGO" and you will eventually arrive, about 10 minutes away from down town.

Entrance is about $35.00 pesos per person (plus tip in case you decide it was a good explanation), there's plenty of parking available on site, unfortunately the tour is not available in english, there's a bar, restrooms, food, and a few stores for buying all types of souvenirs.

The actual tour is great, you get a thorough explanation of just about everything that has to do with mining in Guanajuato and you get to go down a mine where you can touch, smell and feel in person and up close the true meaning of mining.

Once the tour is over you can walk around the area at ease, back down the mine if you choose or just lay back and enjoy the scenery. (Great for pictures)

It's a must for all ages.

Visited August 2012
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Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo), Myanmar
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“Interesting Descent Into Disused Mine”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2012

This mine is just behind and below the large San Cayetano Church in the small village of Valentiana. Guides take visitors 70 metres down steep rock steps into the mine to about 45 metres vertically below ground level. Hard hats are provided.
There were no guides with English ability when we went. There are models of the development of the mine, and some old mining equipment on display. Entrance costs 35 pesos.
Local buses run from the Alhongida area of Guanajuato.

Visited June 2012
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“Fun Experience”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2012

We went to the bocamina on a tour. We enjoyed being able to go down into the mines and learn about the differerent stones that were found here. The tour guide was very intellegent and even made rocks interesting.

Visited March 2012
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Guanajuato, GTO., Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2010

This museum is located behind the Templo San Cayetano. It is the most famous "bocamina" in all Mexico. Opens 10 to 6 seven days a week. 30 pesos to get in & take the tour. Plus a tip for the tour guide. You can learn a lot about the indigenous indentured slaves that worked the mines. How they suffered for hundred's of years digging out the mineral by hand and bringing it up on there backs. Each day over 3000 of these poor slaves/miners would go into this bocamina and descend a 1/4 mile down barefooted and carry back up a 150 pounds of mineral on their back. They did this 7 times a day over a 14 -16 hour period and they did this from 12 years old til they died.

the cab ride runs about 35 pesos one way. bus ride is 5 pesos. the "Valenciana" bus is behind the Alhondiga, just above the Dos Rios glorietta.

This bocamina changed the balance of powers in the world and created a common cause that gave birth to new nations. If you are interested in history, visit this bocamina

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