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Sewell Mining Town, Machali

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Historic Site Tourist Spot
Explore Sewell Mining Town, an abandoned mining town located on the steep mountains of the Andes, sitting 2,000 m (6,562 ft) above sea level and once housing the largest underground copper mine in the world. Breathtaking panoramic mountain views consume the town wherever you look. Countless staircases intertwine the city, lined with bold colourful buildings typically painted red, blue, or yellow. Irregular shaped public squares decorated with ornamental plants mould into the landscape. Learn about the town's history from its rise to fall, and see how 15,000 inhabitants once lived in such remote and difficult surroundings. Sewell Mining Town is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our custom trip planner, Machali Edition.
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  • Sewell takes you back in time to the first copper mine in Chile and the largest one in the world. And it is still operational. The scenery is jaw dropping. A must see sight a couple of hours away from...  more »
  • Incredible visit of he biggest mine in activity in the world. Full day tour, starts at 8:30 in Santiago and back late afternoon.  more »
  • This tour starts in Santiago where passengers are picked up for the long bus ride to the mine location. One hour later, we were joined by tour guide, Marco Ramirez, a former miner. As we entered the f...  more »