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La Mejicana Mine, Famatina

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  • I visited the mine on April 24th 20216. You need warm clothes, a 4x4 SUV, sufficient water and some food. It is a scenic drive from Chilechito (where we started around 7 o'clock) up to the mine at abo...  more »
  • The Mexican mine is a mine aurifera abandoned, located in Cerro Famatina to 4.600 msnm 34 km from the city of Famatina, in the province of La Rioja. It has 9 stations and arrived there, in journey from Chilecito to Villa Union, and can visit only the stations No. 1 and 2, for the rest of them needed 4 x 4 truck, since travel is by way of stones and have to cross rivers, while we travel in a Fiat Siena. Together with Route 40, 1 cable car station called "Chilecito" is located. This passes almost unnoticed, between grown grasses. With its rusty irons seems like a warehouse or factory in disuse. Consists of old facilities from where breaking workers and supplies to the mine. From there you can see wires crossing the road in direction to Famatina. Then, leaving towards the village of Santa Florentina, we got to the station 2, called "The peach", to 1539 meters, whose last section is a complicated road, gravel and steep slopes, about eight hundred meters of bends, which must move with extreme caution. From Station 2 saw as a panoramic, the entire Valley from the city of Chilecito, in addition to observing all the elements that were obsolete, for almost a century. You can visit the various sheds and stone buildings that were part of the old station. Engine and boiler propelling cables, and even wood that Serbia's fuel for the boiler. Everything is intact, as if time had stopped in at the time. Also a small museum, with pictures, photos and descriptive text, dates and details of construction of the mine is there etc, but unfortunately closed that afternoon, and no one to whom to ask. It was a major engineering work for the time, that operated from 1905 until 1926, in which Hill definitely.
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  • We did the tour with people "Left the crater". A unique experience with the company of Tito. An invaluable guide
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